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Political risks haunt investors – Shaun Rein

Overseas investments by private Chinese companies have become under unprecedented scrutiny, causing a severe drop over the first quarter of 2017. Political analyst Shaun Rein has never seen such a political pressure before, he tells the South China Morning Post.

Why China is no.1 in e-commerce – William Bao Bean

Europe and America are getting the message: they are behind China in e-commerce. China veteran William Bao Bean tells an European audience at Medialaan in Brussels it is not about technology, but about the speed of adoption of the users.

A bold move by Tencent’s Pony Ma – Andy Mok

Tencent’s CEO Pony Ma is not very well known for his media appearances. So, when he joined the discussion about Hong Kong’s future, it took political analysts like Andy Mok by surprise, he tells Bloomberg.

China’s push for dominance – Ian Johnson on Howard French’ latest book

What is China up to is a question that is more often asked than answered. Journalist Howard French’s book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power certainly has not the most benign take on the country’s ambitions. Fellow author Ian Johnson reviews the book for Chinafile.

China: far away from the World Cup – Rowan Simons

China imposed a 100% tax for transfers of foreign players to loss-making soccer clubs – in fact all. A desperate measure that shows China is very far away from playing, less alone winning the World Cup, as president Xi Jinping wants it, says Beijing-based soccer expert Rowan Simons at Sky News.

Online-to-Offline (O2O): learning from China – Tom Doctoroff

Blending online and offline operations has become an art in China, where the West can learn from, argues marketing expert Tom Doctoroff, on his LinkedIn Page. In Europe and America are offline retail operation declining, while that is not needed, he things.

The good and the bad among P2P platforms – Sara Hsu

P2P service Yirendai tries to move up in the financial food chain by turning to wealth managements. Most P2P platforms are not able to do so, says financial analyst Sara Hsu to the South China Morning Post. But Yirendai could be the exception, she adds.

What works in China, might not work elsewhere – Jeffrey Towson

Whether bike-sharing is heading for a success or just a financial sinkhole is still unclear, despite a giant surge in VC funding. But Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson, a bear in this industry, is sure that it will not work outside China, because of the rather special situation in China, he tells the South China Morning Post.

Trump’s dramatically changed view on China – Sara Hsu

US president Trump called China a currency manipulator and announced a 45% import tax on Chinese goods during his election campaign, but instead came up with a 100-day plan to work out friendly relations. Political analyst Sara Hsu discusses how the 100 day plan is developing, and why Trump changed his viewpoint.

China’s geopolitical adventures in Africa – Howard French

Unlike the remembrance of the former colonial forces in Africa, China’s current geopolitical adventures into the continent “Africans’ view of China “is still positive, but not as exuberant as it was”. says Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa to Today Online.

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