Category Archives: South Korea

Ant Financial’s strategy to go global – Ben Cavender

Alibaba’s Ant Financial investment of US$200 million into the Korean mobile payment service Kakao Pay illustrates how the leading Chinese payment platform want to gain global dominance, says business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Buying into strong local players is smarter than competing with them.

What makes Confucian countries tick? – Tom Doctoroff

Western values do not match with Confucian values, but what does Confucian countries like China, Vietnam and Korea tick. Marketing expert Tom Doctoroff lived for two decades in China, and defines on his LinkedIn page what makes the consumers in those countries different.

China will use economic, rather than military action – Shaun Rein

The seizure of a US drone by China set off alarm bells worldwide this weekend. But when it comes to a standoff between China and the US under president-elect Donald Trump, economic measures will have preference over military ones, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in International Business Times.

Samsung has a leadership problem – Shaun Rein

The global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has plunged the Korean company into disarray. Samsung was already a long time without leadership, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Bloomberg, but the disaster has only become worse, after the latest disaster.

The consolidation of China´s fashion labels – Ben Cavender

The world looked with surprise when Nanjing dress-maker V-Grass Fashion bought South-Korean Teenie Weenie for double its own market value. But moving ahead in such a drastic way, seems to be the only way forward for China´s fragmented apparel market, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.

Chinese fashion brands go deep to purchase foreign names – Ben Cavender

Grass Fashion Co. in a 1 trillion won deal (US$900 million). That is more than V-Grass is worth, warns branding expert Ben Cavender in Bloomberg, and might be very hard to recover in sales.

No Messi or Ronaldo for China soon – Rowan Simons

There is no shortage of ambition and money to put soccer on China´s agenda as the FIFA 2018 World Cup in South-Korea is on the horizon. But there is no quick fix to makes it into the world league fast, warns soccer expert Rowan Simons in the South China Morning Post.

Rich millenniums prefer travel beyond Asia – Rupert Hoogewerf

A Hurun rich list survey under China´s rich millenniums, The Chinese Luxury Traveler 2016, shows that Asia is loosing out as travel destination. Japan and South-Korea still do well since they are close, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf at TTG-Asia, “But in terms of aspirations, this generation wants to go farther.”

Why North-Korea failed from the start – Paul French

Author Paul French of North Korea: State of Paranoia reviews for the Washington Post. Blaine Harden´s latest book on North Korea The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom.

Where are China´s tourists turning to? – Wei Gu

Hong Kong is loosing its attraction for Chinese tourists. Where are they now going to, wonders WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu in a discussion with Francis Belin from Swarovski. Both Tokyo and Seoul are doing better, but since 96% of the mainland Chinese still do not have a passport, there is room enough for growth, also in Hong Kong.