Category Archives: Speaker News

China’s financial strategy to take over Hong Kong – Victor Shih

Hong Kong has been taken over silently by mainland China in financial terms already before the handover by the UK in 1997, says financial analyst Victor Shih to AFP. But what has gone wrong is the lack of tools to control that take-over, especially when Xi Jinping defined corruption as the major evil to be addressed, Shih says.

Journalism and fiction: some common ground – Zhang Lijia

Fake news has become rightfully a problem for journalists, but the relation between journalism and fiction is a bit more complicated. Beijing-based journalist Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel covered some of the common ground at the literary festival at Ubud, Indonesia, she writes on her weblog.

Pay back time for foreign companies – Shaun Rein

American and European companies in China are complaining they are less welcome than in the past. That might be a correct feeling, says business analysts Shaun Rein to Bloomberg, for example when it comes to a higher living standard for their workers in China.

Honouring Zhejiang entrepreneur Lu Guanqiu – Rupert Hoogewerf

The iconic Zhejiang entrepreneur Lu Guanqiu, founder of China’s largest automotive parts company Wanxiang Group, passed away last week, 72 years old. Hurun China rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf remembers him as ” industrious, down-to-earth and low-profile” , he tells in Asia One.

Why China aspires to be a global power – Howard French

China denies being a colonial power, like the West has been. But the country’s imperial traits are never far away, warns Howard French, author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power. “The world best keep its eyes on China, said French, who believes that China’s imperialist history will lead it to push for global power,” French said according to The Sun.

The anti-corruption drive changed China – Arthur Kroeber

After the closure of the 19th Party Congress this week, analysts try to figure out what happened during the meeting. It’s not about internal party fighting, as some say, says economist Arthur Kroeber. President Xi Jinping changed the country through his all-out anti-corruption drive, and that started already five years ago, he tells NPR.

Internet giants crush the smaller ones – William Bao Bean

Who will survive in the travel industry: the global giants or the local ventures, was a question for William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based Chinaccelerator, at the WIT 2017 Conference in Singapore. William, who guided hundreds of startups, believes the big internet firms will crush the small ones, writes WebinTravel.

Stabilizing risks: key for financial reforms – Sara Hsu

President Xi Jinping has promised more financial reforms, but financial analyst Sara Hsu says managing risk is key, over the need for reform. Fintech, debts and due diligence are some themes in the next five years of China’s financial development, she adds at the state broadcaster CGTN.

Prosperity causes China’s religious revival – Ian Johnson

An upsurge in  folk religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and other forms of spirituality is caused by China’s development into an industrial superpower, argued journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao earlier this week at a speech at , according to the Yale Daily.

Timing and resilience, key for success startups – William Bao Bean

Many cities, including those in China, are teeming with startups. Many will fail, some will succeed. Timing and resilience are two factors that are crucial for the success of startups and their founders, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator at the WIT Bootcamp 2017, according to Web In Travel.