Skip to content

About us

eCounsel group

A boutique firm with unparalleled expertise in business and technology. We have good command of industrial ecology and legal practice, and have undertaken highly regarded cases. Because the small business scope, we pay more emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency, and choose clients with deliberation. The managing partner not only has extensive experiences in various legal issues more over than 20 years, but invests and manages several technology companies. In addition, he always checks each case rigorously. Clients’ business objectives are our primary focus. To achieve the same in the most cost-effective fashion trumps all seemingly sophisticated legal discussions.

Caught in the Middle : Korea's next Move Against U.S and China

2014 - 11 - 27

Love it or hate it, just like U.S military’s global power projection, the rise of China is as much an issue that we can’t avoid. From our perspective, we hate Washington more than Beijing. But we have spent as much time visiting and learning form both countries for the past 20 years.

不論愛恨情仇,中國崛起是無法迴避的議題,就如同美國在全球的軍事影響力一樣。在我們看來,比起北京,更討厭華盛頓;但是,我們近二十年來,花在造訪這兩個國家並且努力吸收其思惟的時間,幾乎一樣多。

‪我們的中心思想‬

夾在兩強之間、左右為難,這點沒什麼,大家都是半斤八兩。讀者若認為美國狀似鴨霸,其立場就很容易拿捏吧? 重點在於自己有沒有中心思想。我們的中心思想始終還算明確:「窮盡在任何國家能借助取用的資源,讓我們立足於台灣的各個創業最佳化,免於單一影響力之宰制」。

從1996年起,我們就頻繁前往北京與上海出差,雖然覺得必須從香港澳門濟州島轉機得耗掉大半天實在煩人,但畢竟也眼界大開。其中,兩個現象讓我們十分驚訝。一,為了學習中文瞭解中國,南韓企業大量派駐數以千計的員工過去;二,在北京的諸多高爾夫球場上幾乎有半數是南韓人。這兩個狀似與直接產值無關的小事,比起過去那兒投資設廠的意涵還深。

果不其然,現在對中國出口已占南韓整體五千六百億美金出口貿易額的25%了。

“As South Korean manufacturers relocate to reduce costs and entrench themselves in China’s huge market, trade has shot up. Last year, China accounted for a quarter of South Korea’s $560 billion in total exports. The U.S. share stood at 11%, down from around 40% in the 1980s.”[1]

再看看華爾街日報中的這張圖。
South Korea Looks to Prosper in China While Staying Close to U.S.

「南韓如今已躍居對中國的投資大戶,投資金額幾乎超越經濟規模比自己大上許多的日本。中國官方數據顯示,南韓企業今年1至9月在中國投資32億美元設廠,較去年同期成長三分之一」[2]

“Cultural ties also have grown. Today, there are almost as many South Korean students enrolled at colleges in China as in the U.S. Last year, Chinese tourists were the largest group of visitors to South Korea.”[1]

南韓的大學生留學中國的人數已幾乎等同留美人數,而在觀光客裡,來自中國的人數也是最多的。

那麼,首爾的中心思想究竟是什麼呢? 我們開始好奇了。老實講,除了茶餘飯後的笑談話題之外,以前從來沒把南北韓當回事過。至盼能藉著南韓行和Kindle上買來的兩本書,略略以管窺天。

資料來源:
[1] South Korea Looks to Prosper in China While Staying Close to U.S.(Wall Street Journal)
[2] 南韓加碼大陸 快超越日本-經濟日報

Recommended article 

Glut in China's Housing Market

Murky Data Add to China’s Housing Headache Glut in China’s property market is worse than official data show, creating a drag on economic growth. …… China’s inventory of unsold homes is equal, on a square-foot basis,…

59 football fields large, 10 million items and Kiva robots

In around 10 years, Amazon has turned from a website that sells books to a e-commerce conglomerate that beats its competition in its cloud business. 以下Fox News的報導,只有五分鐘,和讀者們分享。對Amazon而言,這只是它的109個物流倉庫之一。 Behind the scenes of an Amazon warehouse Amazon這家公司僅僅不過用了短短(從全球零售業的發展來看)的十幾年,就從一家線上賣書的公司,變身為舉世電商的龍頭、又笑傲雲端最核心的技術與商業模式、並且在消費生態系中無縫整合影、音串流之服務。 我們這十幾年來最有興趣的研究課題之一,就是Amazon的思維模式。密切觀察它的發展、不斷使用它所提供的各種產品與服務,就會知道它歷來總共作過哪些嘗試、犯過哪些錯誤、以及創造了哪些可能。…

Five Components of Internal Controls

Besides the three objectives, The COSO report also covers the five interconnected factors that constitute internal controls systems, which are control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring. (一)控制環境 COSO報告除了三大目標之外還提出了組成內部控制制度、彼此互相關聯的五大要素,分別是控制環境(control environment)、風險評估(risk assessment)、控制活動(control activities)、資訊與溝通(information…