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Post time 2008-4-6 19:16:24 |Display all floors
AFAIK the 'Carrefour' branches in China will be making profit for Chinese people who bought into the franchise, not French people.  Same with mcdonalds, etc.  Even the 'international schools' are all chinese-owned ultimately.

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Usually the franchisee must remit some portion of revenue or a constant rent to the corporation. But yeah, the major impact is simply to make life harder for Chinese people.
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Post time 2008-4-6 22:07:01 |Display all floors
Well I have certainly learnt something.  Foreign companies in China are philanthropic bodies which just lend their name for the good of the country that they establish themselves in.  I didn't know that.

Franchise?  O.K, who gets the money for the franchise which is normally considerable?   Franchises take a percentage of turnover, don't they?   Somewhere around 5 - 8% of turnover for the use of the Company name.   Often more profitable than running the original business with less work or risk.

Mc Donalds.  Is a very  example.  You will find from the description of itself that it is a property company.  Yes, I was surprised when I was introduced to this idea.  They normally buy the freehold or head lease of a plaza.  Establish a franchise and this in turn creates rental returns from companies who want to be close to the ever successful McDonalds and thus a profitable environment for the property owner or head lessee.  AKA Mc Donalds.

I would really be surprised if the rush for Western companies to establish in China was guilt from past iniquities.  I for one still believe that there would logically be a high gain factor for these businesses as they do not make a move or an investment unless they can justify huge profits to their shareholders.  That is how they got rich in the first place.  

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Post time 2008-4-7 07:43:09 |Display all floors

I don't see the problem. A bunch of people who want to start their own business but don't have the know-how to run one of the highest earning outlets in their area is able to do such a thing and give up less than 10% of revenue to do so. Franchises are excellent ways for people to become small business owners when they lack new ideas or the ability to start their business from scratch. Again, most of the money goes to the people involved in the franchise directly--employees, suppliers, franchisees--and the franchise corporation takes a relatively small cut. This is the same with most businesses: it is rare that profits are actually greater than true operating costs (e.g., for a franchise corporation, you have to account all the franchises as revenue generators or you miss important facts about the health of the business).
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Post time 2008-4-7 10:24:30 |Display all floors

Australia to boycott Olympic as well

Sarkozy and Merkel have already issued a strict diktat to China: negotiate with the DL or China will be punished. Australia may tell China it is too busy for the Olympics.

Under no circumstances must China bow to a diktat from Europe, it smacks of predatory colonialism all over again. The best way is to reject any requests to negotiate and adopt an unusually hard line towards the DL until after the Olympics.

There is a time when China must forget about "face" and take a more assertive approach. This is the time. Cancel the official receptions and hotel bookings for Sarkozy, Merkel and Rudd. Notify them publicly by newspapers.

Postpone all high level business meetings. Play a very hard game with the Europeans, otherwise every time some extremist groups demand autonomy and want their 5 minutes of world fame, we lose another piece of  territory. China is not up for grabs.

Rudd faces Olympic hurdle
Michelle Grattan
April 7, 2008

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has been drawn into an international row over the Beijing Olympics as he prepares to visit China this week.

Mr Rudd is keeping his options open on whether to accept China's invitation to attend the Games, but says his schedule, rather than issues of principle, will determine his response.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have said they will not go to the opening ceremony unless China meets conditions that include beginning negotiations with Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Mr Rudd said yesterday he had told the Chinese that he was not in a position to confirm whether he would go. "It would depend entirely on time constraints," he said.

He said that his long-standing view was that boycotts did not add up to much. "The key thing is to ensure that we have an effective diplomacy which produces a better outcome for the Tibetan people," he said.

Mr Rudd's comments were made as the Olympic torch was about to pass through London. Two thousand police were deployed to deal with demonstrators along the 50-kilometre route from Wembley to south-east London.

Mr Rudd told the BBC the Tibetan situation had to be put into historical context.

"I think it's just important to be pretty practical about this," he said. "The China that I first visited when I went there to live and work 25 years ago is vastly different from the China today. People do have some more liberty in their lives than they did then."

He said there were still significant human rights abuses including what had happened recently in Tibet.

When the world community decided to give Beijing the Games, there were human rights abuses in China and Tibet at that time. "Now these recent events, of course, have involved violence and we urge restraint on the part of all parties. We urge that the Chinese authorities deal with the Dalai Lama's representatives to work out a better outcome for the Tibetan people.

"What does work is that sustained engagement with the Chinese and registering firmly and clearly our views on these human rights practices."

Mr Rudd said the Games were still some way off and he would make the decision about whether to go "in due season". At the time the invitation was extended, "of course we accepted it in principle but subject to timing and availability and conflicting requirements and that still remains our position".

Asked how Australia balanced the need for economic growth and dialogue with China with putting real pressure on it over Tibet and other human rights problems, Mr Rudd said it was a matter of being consistent.

"You need to recognise where China has come from, where it's going to … this is still a one-party state, let's call a spade a spade here," he said.

"It's a complex relationship. No one pretends it's not. It's not a black and white, either-or thing. But I think in Australia, we try and prosecute this double-barrel agenda and we try to do it to the best of our ability."

Greens leader Bob Brown said last night: "I think he should be prepared not to go if the crackdown on Tibet continues. I'm not in favour of an athletic boycott, but I am in favour of a political boycott if Beijing continues to behave badly."

Mr Rudd's talks in Beijing will cover climate change, international economic and strategic issues, the slow progress on the Australia-China free trade agreement, human rights and Tibet.

Mr Rudd has received a report of the recent Australian diplomatic visit to Tibet. A spokesman said the visit had been tightly controlled by Chinese authorities. "However, it was a welcome first step." He said the Chinese needed to be more open and allow foreign diplomats more access to Tibet.

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Post time 2008-4-7 10:44:53 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cestmoi at 2008-4-7 11:24
Sarkozy and Merkel have already issued a strict diktat to China: negotiate with the DL or China will be punished. Australia may tell China it is too busy for the Olympics.

Under no circumstances ...


I agree with you. Germany's Bundeskanzler (PM), Mrs Merkel is well known to be a China hater. Even without the Tb riots she wouldn't have attended the Beijing opening ceremony. Sarkozy has a different problem. His approval ratings at home have hit rock bottom. He has made many mistakes during the first year in power. For him the anti China stance is a welcome opportunity to increase his image at home. The Socialists are fiercely demanding from him to boycott the games.

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Post time 2008-4-7 10:55:58 |Display all floors
Hi ,

I am lost.  The original point was to not promote foreign businesses that are from countries that wish to make political statements about the Olympics.  Not about which is the best business to run.  If France wants to make a statement about Chinese politics then do not use the Olympics to do so.  If they must then Chinese should boycott their business inetrests in China.  But I am grateful for your explanation of how a franchise works.

Thanks Cestmoi.  I agree all these politicians are sitting on the fence awaiting the best outcome for themselves and ignoring the fact that the Olympics should not be used this way.  

I am deeply saddened about the events recently in London and so ashamed.  It seems a democracy is where the minority can shout loud enough about something they know nothing about to drown the wishes of the ordinary person who is too busy working to have a voice.


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