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Analyzing China firms: a tough job – Ben Cavender

A favorite hobby among analysts and journalists is comparing Chinese companies with American or European competitors. Alibaba has little in common with Amazon. The differences are often larger than the similarities, says business analyst Ben Cavender. And getting into the China market is certainly not easy, he adds at the BBC.

The first fallout of the CUP censorship – Ian Johnson

The decision by the Cambridge University Press to bow to Chinese censorship and block over 300 articles on its China site has shocked the academic world. Journalist Ian Johnson , author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, reports on the issue for the New York Times and tested from Beijing what he could no longer get.

More academic censorship likely – Victor Shih

The move by the Cambridge University Press to censor over 300 articles from its China website is most likely only the beginning of more government-led curtailing, says associate professor Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation to Reuters. Shih himself had two article published at the site.

Buddhism and freedom in prostitution – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses Buddhism, freedom and fun as part of the background for her book with Radii China. “Without the inhibition of writing in my mother tongue, I can take an adventure in my adopted language” .

Overseas fintech strategies for Alibaba and Tencent – Matthew Brennan

After a killing domestic competition between Alibaba and Tencent, the fintech branches of both take their struggle international. Fintech analyst Matthew Brennan looks in TechNode at the strategies of Alipay and WeChat to conquer foreign markets.

What can cheap laborers do now? – Ben Cavender

China is no longer the cheap production house for the world it used to be. That offers the government major challenges, as it has to re-skill those production workers, says business analyst Ben Cavender. But into what, he wonders at CNBC.

Why China is importing rice from the US – Sara Hsu

Self-sufficiency in food has long been the mantra of China. But that is changing, as the country even imports rice from the US. Aging farmers, pollution and other challenges makes this change necessary, tells assistant professor Sara Shu, as the domestic production cannot be guaranteed.

State gets stronger in economy – Arthur Kroeber

State-owned companies are getting a stronger grip on the economy, at the expense of private capital, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, at the New York Times. The major investment of major tech firm in China Unicom was just the latest move.

Tencent hits high on gaming – Matthew Brennan

Internet giant Tencent might be most known for its loss-making WeChat, but that chat tool is effectively used to generate revenue through gaming, says e-commerce expert Matthew Brennan on QZ. The company reported a stellar performance of the second quarter.

Food scares: a great business opportunity – Shaun Rein

China’s consumers do not trust the food produced in their own country, after many food scandals. That could also be a great business opportunity, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Barfblog, who looked at Weinberg’s Inscatech — a global network of food spies.

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