Category Archives: Speaker News

Why China is a Ponzi scheme – Victor Shih

Calculating China’s debt has been a major political game, and political analyst Victor Shih claims the country’s debt “around 328% of GDP in May”, writes Livemint. The central bank overcalculated banking assets, he says.

A man’s world in China – Zhang Lijia

When the official China Daily reported that a scandal like Harvey Weinstein’s sexual escapades could not happen in China, many raised their eyebrows.  Author Zhang Lijia, of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, sets the record straight for AFP.

How Alipay, WeChat became top-brands in China – Tom Doctoroff

Alipay, WeChat and Android are top brands, the Chinese consumer could not live without, says a recent report. Looking at brands works in China pretty different from the rest of the world, says branding expert Tom Doctoroff in the South China Morning Post. “There is no way in America that you are going to have PayPal [the western equivalent of Alipay] to rank No. 1,” Doctoroff says.

Cross-border startups, guided through the Chinaccelerator – William Bao Bean

Crossing borders is challenging for startups. Willliam Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator, guides us through their crowded Shanghai offices, and explains this unique collaboration between starting entrepreneurs, governments, companies, while finding a way through massive numbers of interns.

China: not heading for a financial crisis – Arthur Kroeber

Debt levels and slower GDP growth are China not pushing into a financial crisis, as some experts want us to believe, says renowned economist Arthur Kroeber in the South China Morning Post. ““There is a double standard at work here, where people have invented the concept of productivity of credit to say bad stuff about China.”

The upcoming cold war in the Internet – William Bao Bean

Key players in the US and China have profoundly different ways to expand, says William Bao Bean, managing director of Chinaccelerator to the Harbinger China. Those major player changed the playing field profoundly, also for startups.

The comeback of Confucius – Ian Johnson

Mao Zedong and his followers have tried to eradicate cultural icon Confucius, from China’s history. But with some help from current president Xi Jinping, Confucius is making a comeback, reports journalist Ian Johnson, author or The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao for the New York Times.

It’s the economy, stupid – Arthur Kroeber

Journalists and political analysts look at the political bubbles emerging from the ongoing meeting of the Communist party in Beijing, it makes more sense to look at the underlying economic currents, says renowned economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®. At NPR he looks back at some difficult years.

Xi Jinping’s China dream: a more assertive role – Ian Johnson

China’s leadership is gathering this week in Beijing to prepare another five-year plan, and affirm president Xi Jinping for another five-year term. Journalist Ian Johnson looks for the New York Times at the new role China is playing in the world. “His China could become a model for digitally driven authoritarianism around the world.”

One Belt, One Road: too big to succeed? – Sara Hsu

China’s close to one trillion US dollar investment program One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is facing serious pitfalls that could stop it from succeeding, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Huffington Post. Insufficient due diligence is just one of a range of potential barriers, she writes.