There is so much great magic in Asia--stuff that no one in the west has ever seen--and that's what they should be presenting. The acts they've announced all look very good--but we've seen them before. I'm happy to watch them again, but I don't have to go to Beijing to do it.
The illegal videotaping of lectures and shows (both close-up and stage) is rampant in mainland China. Performers are very hesitant to lecture because they assume (with some likelihood) that their lectures will be illegally videotaped and then sold. Ditto for any lecture notes they sell, which will be minimal since most Chinese can't read English. But those that are sold will likely be translated into Chinese and then sold or passed around. The mainland Chinese have zero understanding of intellectual property rights.
Last time, FISM was held in Stockholm. Last time I looked, there were less than 20 dealers signed up for Beijing. FISM usually has between 60 and 70 dealers.
The organizers in Stockholm were reasonably vigorous in keeping pirated items out of the dealer room. The situation in mainland China is entirely different. Dealers are hesitant to go because any of the items they sell will likely be copied and sold for a fraction of the price within weeks.
Look at Masuda's "WOW," which is now being knocked off in China and sold by dealers in the United States for as little as $5. Having watched the TV special of Tomo Maeda's in which Masuda was featured, I saw that Masuda and his family hand make all of his marketed tricks sitting around their kitchen table. Companies like Mak Magic, which is selling the cheap Chinese copies of "WOW," are ruining that family business. And American magicians are to blame as well, because they walk into a shop and buy the cheap copy for $10 or $20 rather than the original for $50. Why does the original cost so much? Because it's handmade by the originator. Why do the copies cost so little? Because they're made in a factory in China where people are paid nearly nothing.