Monthly Archives: August 2016


China’s footballing future: the rise of a new soccer superpower?

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Aug 2016

China’s footballing future: the rise of a new soccer superpower?

It’s perhaps not quite as a big a shock as Leicester City winning the Premier League, but British football fans will be surprised to learn that football was invented not in the UK but in China. Yes, China. While FIFA recognises that the contemporary history of the sport started in England in 1863, when rugby football and association football went their separate ways, it cites...

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The business of sport in China

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Aug 2016

The business of sport in China

China’s success at the Rio Olympics will be welcomed not only by the general population but also – and especially – by China’s political leaders whose attention has recently turned to growing the country’s sport economy. In Beijing in 2008, for the first time ever, China won more medals than the USA, capping a games which had been designed to underline China’s position on the...

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Let’s go … explosive shopping!

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Aug 2016

Let’s go … explosive shopping!

Shopping has long been a major motivator for overseas travel by the Chinese, and Bicester Village may be the 2nd most visited place in the UK by Chinese tourists after Buckingham Palace. And since the Chinese are easily the highest overseas spenders of all inbound tourists – making up one-third of all global tax-free shopping spend – it’s clear that there are great rewards for...

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