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China's market reforms and accession to the WTO has led to its economy growing rapidly, to the point where it is now the fourth largest on earth, and is expected to be in the top two within the next decade (Business Monitor International, 2006). As a result, China's SMEs are now facing an economy flooded with foreign capital, and with a more open economic climate than in previous years, but also a much more competitive economy, where many of their previous practices are no longer relevant. This piece aims to examine the effect of these changes on the strategies of Chinese SMEs by first examining the role of the SME in the economy, then analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese SMEs, and the opportunities and threats that have arisen from China's WTO membership. The piece will then examine Chinese SMEs from a strategic perspective, and the impact the the WTO membership has had on said strategies. Finally, the piece will give strategic recommendations for Chinese SMEs that wish to take advantage of the opportunities that WTO membership offers, and also for those SMEs that wish to avoid the challenges it poses.
The Role of SMEs in both the International Perspective and the Chinese Perspective
Academics have long realised that small and medium enterprises grow to become the major corporations and businesses of the future (Davis et al., 1985). As a result of this view, greater attention has been given to the role of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in contributing to the economic growth of countries over the past twenty years in countries all over the world. Due to the importance of the role that SMEs play, for the last 15 years governments have urged by academics, economists and policy experts to take strong and deliberate actions to accelerate small business development (Hung and Rondinelli, 1993, p. 20). Indeed, for rapidly growing emerging…...

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