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Winter 1997 - Volume 2, No. 3

The Tennessee Export Office Joins Global Commerce

You may have noticed some changes to our masthead. Beginning with this issue, Global Commerce is being published in partnership with the Tennessee Economic and Community Development's Export Office. The Tennessee Export Office will be contributing stories, announcements, and export advice for Global Commerce readers. We are excited to work with contributing editor Bob Pawlick, Director Andy Pelych, and the rest of the Tennessee Export Office staff to provide you with the most timely and valuable information on Tennessee's international business activities and opportunities.

Our first joint issue focuses on China. Since the days of the Yankee Clipper, Americans have vainly hoped that the world's most populous country would become a vast market for our goods. The astounding Chinese economic growth of the past decade may be realizing these hopes at last. We lead with Governor Sundquist's thoughts after his recent trip to China, and Professor Dick Redditt (from MTSU), a member of the Governor's delegation, gives us an overview of his observations. Professor Jon Woodruff provides us with a case showing that doing business in China is still not for the faint of heart, while Mr. Chih Wang outlines the great opportunities that may await for those who take the plunge. These articles are hardly the end of the story. Please note that, courtesy of the TEO, we are placing a number of useful China-related internet web sites on our home page for those who wish to further explore doing business in China.

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