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A spiritual revival changes China – Ian Johnson

Hundreds of millions Chinese turn to religion, as part of a spiritual revival, tells author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao to CBN. “While the government remains deeply suspicious of China’s religious revival, Johnson says it hasn’t stopped people from exploring matters of faith.”

Getting approval to buy MoneyGram might be tough – Jeffrey Towson

The surprise announcement Alibaba’s Ant Financial is trying to buy MoneyGram International is not a done deal, warns Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson. Chinese companies buying American ones are under scrutiny and in the financial industry it would be a first one, he tells the VOA.

How young consumers have become different – Jeffrey Towson

The first wave of Chinese consumers has always been hard to get: prudent, and worried about their future. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson describes at his weblog how the millennials have become an altogether different breed of consumers. On brand loyalty, emotion and confidence.

Illegal churches: large, and condoned by the government – Ian Johnson

Not registered gatherings of religious believers have been a major force in the growing search for religion in China, but – says author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the Atlantic – they have largely been condoned by the government, and Johnson does not believe that might change.

China’s political thinking on the move – Howard French

China is inching up as a world power, and author Howard French of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power finds it about time to dive deeping into what moves the country’s political thinking, says the Irish Times in a review. French: ” “China will wish to restore itself to the pinnacle of affairs in East Asia.”

Bailing out banks does not help – Victor Shih

The scandal that rocked the once-famous private Minsheng bank has put the question of the role of the government towards the banking system. Bailing out banks create more problems than it solves, says financial analyst Victor Shih to the New York Times.

China’s search for a moral foundation – Ian Johnson

To get rich is glorious was China’s leading principle for decades, but slowly the country starts to search for a moral foundation, says author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao to PJMedia. “According to Johnson, China lacks the mechanisms the U.S. has available for creating social change. In China.”

The tough issue: shadow banking – Sara Hsu

Financial analyst Sara Hsu looks at the new chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Guo Shuqing, and the man he replaces, Shang Fulin. What has Shang done to deal with this murky financial sector, and can Guo do better, she wonders in Asia Times.

Religion: ways for a better society – Ian Johnson

Author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao discusses Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism and how they help Chinese citizens’ ideals and hopes for a better society at the Asia Society.

When your stomach is full, you start thinking about sex – Zhang Lijia

Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses at TimeOut Shanghai her book, the growth of prostitution and how it relates to women’s lives. “When your stomach is full, you start thinking about sex.”

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