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Arthur Kroeber

The term ´middle class` is only confusing – Arthur Kroeber

The term ´middle class´ shows up in almost every analysis on China. But economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, thinks the term creates more confusion than clarity, he explains to Knowledge CKGSB.

William Bao Bean

Trust sells better than ads – William Bao Bean

Ads suck, says China veteran William Bao Bean. In Asia companies first build up trust, and then might sell now and then. “We are in the post-advertising market,” he tells at the Next16 in Hamburg.

Rupert Hoogewerf

Zhejiang province: best in producing billionaires – Rupert Hoogewerf

“Highly collaborative and versatile.” That is how Hurun rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf describes the billionaires coming from Zhejiang province, China´s region that produces most billionaires than any other in China and the world. And it is not over yet, says Hoogewerf to CNN Money

Rupert Hoogewerf

How China charity got another hit – Rupert Hoogewerf

One of China´s most prominent philantrophists, Chen Guangbiao, contributed much to the development of charity in China, but, says Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun and publisher of a respected charity index, after investigations by Caixin he caused equally much embarrassment in the industry, he told the LA Times.

William Bao Bean

Advertising is dead, Google, Facebook and Whatsapp in trouble – William Bao Bean

The walled gardens of Whatsapp, Facebook and Google have lost great opportunities, and now they have to face Chinese competition as Tencent and others prepare expand into the next four billion users, outside China, told Shanghai-based innovation expert William Bao Bean last week at the Next16 conference in Hamburg.

China´s failing soccer reform – Rowan Simons

Reforming Chinese soccer has been one of the pet projects of president Xi Jinping. But despite much political goodwill and millions moving ahead, results have been poor, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons in a wide-ranging interview with the South China Morning Post, looking at his grass-root experiences in Beijing.

Ben Cavender

Why Sony and Wanda can make good partners – Ben Cavender

The surprise alliance between makes perfect sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Sony gets more access to the huge Chinese movie market, and Wanda to Hollywood. And we might expect more tie-up between Chinese companies and global players.

Victor Shih

Tax payer will suffer from government adventures as VC – Victor Shih

China´s State Council, the state´s highest administrative body, has encouraged government agencies to act more as venture capitalists, it announced on Tuesday. A receipcy for disaster, says financial and political expert Victor Shih to Bloomberg, where the tax payers have to suffer from inavoidable disasters.

Ben Cavender

How Samsung pissed off its Chinese users – Ben Cavender

Samsung had a loyal group of users in China, but its way of dealing with the latest security scare has shocked their loyal follower, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to AP. Samsung did not recall its Note 7, despite possible igniting batteries, and recalls in the rest of the world.

Shaun Rein to be based at US east coast in July

Why Canada (and others) should help catch corrupt officials – Shaun Rein

China has been claiming huge success in their “fox hunt”, an effort to retrive corrupt officials who fled abroad to escape prosecution. Canada was a main safe haven for them. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in the Globe&Mail why helping China is a good idea, despite misgivings about the country´s judicial system.

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