2. When Starbucks entered into the Chinese market, the political factors that they had to consider was that China is a one-party dictatorship. This made China set in certain ways so it risked Starbucks because this could affect business quickly without seeing it coming. One major change is that since Starbucks first opened in China, is that Beijing entered in to the World Trade Organization. Before this the way that they established stores was by finding local developers to use their brand and to set up joint ventures with partners. This strategy was very successful because by 2006 they were able to buy their partnership out. Now foreign companies have a high advantage in China because when they hold a partnership rather than just a joint venture, they are able to more profitable.