MNCs operating in China are being confronted by an increasingly challenging environment in the aligned areas of government relations, CSR and social media, a new survey by Edelman and PublicAffairsAsia has revealed.

  • Nearly eight out of 10 of the public affairs professionals surveyed in China claim that the practice of government relations is more difficult than in the West – with 22 per cent citing it as much more difficult.
  • Nearly seven out of 10 (68%) believe that government relations will become more challenging, with nearly a third (30%) expressing the view that the landscape will become “much more challenging” in the future.

“The Public Affairs Dialogue survey examines the public affairs issues confronting MNCs at a time of increased decentralization in China’s complex network of decision making processes,” said Mark Hass, president of Edelman China. “In the crucial area of government relations the survey finds that the landscape is already tough – and is set to get tougher.”

The second annual survey found that social media is creating a wave of digital populism or ‘democratization’ in China – a shift which could have far-reaching implications for government, business and society as a whole. To read the full story click on the link.  Source:  Public Affairs Asia

BIIA Newsletter November I – 2010 Issue