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Paul French

The Roma community in old Shanghai – Paul French

Author Paul French has added yet another subject to his long list of current and historical affairs with his latest book Gypsies of Shanghai: The Roma Community of Late 1930s and 1940s Shanghai and Their Role in the City’s Entertainment Industry. The book is small and cheap, Paul adds on his weblog, but it illustrates the amazing diversity of pre-war Shanghai.

Arthur Kroeber

All is well in China ahead of the G20 – Arthur Kroeber

China´s economy seems to have steered clear through the turbulance of the past few years, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to Bloomberg. “I’d guess that Xi Jinping is feeling pretty confident about things.”

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Getting the right people, China´s gargantuan labor challenge – Wei Gu

Xi Jinping´s anti-corruption drive and ongoing economic reforms makes it labor force into a hard-to-manage challenge, tells journalist Wei Gu to CNN. Qualified people do not dare to apply for jobs, and finding jobs for those losing employment is equally tough.

Wei Gu

Slowdown is not hurting outbound tourism – Wei Gu

China is looking at a slowdown of its double digit growth, but that is not going to hurt the outbound tourism, observes Wei Gu, founder of Weini Media in Shanghai, at the opening panel at ILTM talking about trends in Chinese wealth and travel.

Victor Shih

Xi Jinping lacks enough support at the top – Victor Shih

President Xi Jinping might be the most powerful leader in China for decades, it does not mean he enjoys overwhelming support at the country´s political elites, says political scientist Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, a leading publication on China´s elites in the Economist.

Ian Johnson

The Third Front, in pictures – Ian Johnson

An almost forgotten episode under Communist rule was the Third Front, an 200 billion Renminbi effort to move from 1964 much of the economic power to China´s inland. Journalist Ian Johnson with historian Covell Meyskens his work on an upcoming monography and his weblog with 5,000+ pictures for the New York Times.

Rupert Hoogewerf

Health care and pensions firmly on China´s agenda – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s rich are changing the country´s agenda as the aging population focuses on health care and pensions, in the past often taboo subjects, says Hurun chairman Rupert Hoogewerf to FinNews Asia, after his research institute released another report. As the number of rich increase, so does they influence on the economy.

Wendell Minnick

Taiwan invests US$15 billion in indigenous defense project – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan is going to invest close to US$15 billion into indigenous shipbuilding projects in an effort to become more independent from changing US policies on defense, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News

Rupert Hoogewerf

Wealthy focus on pensions for investments – Rupert Hoogewerf

China ages and its wealthy are looking for new ways to invest their money and secure their future, says a new report by Hurun and Taikang Life insurance. “The aging group expects to lead colorful and relaxed lives, and also to travel extensively after retirement,” Hurun chair Rupert Hoogewerf said to Global Times.

Ian Johnson

In search of China´s soul – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson explores for the New York Times, the search by Yang Weidong into what he calls the soul of China. He interviewed and filmed 405 thinkers, artists, musicians, writers, historians — anyone who has thought hard about China’s future. “Some are government critics, others support the party, but all have opinions.”

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