Category Archives: business

Most Chinese firms not ready for major M&A – Ben Cavender

The sudden US$9.3 bn restructuring of the Dalian Wanda deals left many observers flabbergasted. Most companies in China simply do not have the experience to execute this kind of large deals, says business analyst Ben Cavender to the BBC.

One Belt, One Road needs much more debate – Zhang Ying

President Xi Jinping has embarked into a prestigious outbound investment program, One Belt, One Road (OBOR) worth trillions of US dollars. While the West has received the plan reluctantly positive, there is still much more debate needed at what it means for all participants, RSM business professor Zhang Ying explains in the EUReporter.

WeChat: indispensable for Chinese tourists – Matthew Brennan

Europe is preparing for the 2018 China-EU Tourism year and the European Parliament invited social media expert Matthew Brennan to Brussels to brief them on the position of WeChat. He explained the committee how to improve Europe’s performance, writes the China-EU newsletter.

Xi Jinping: more control on private companies – Paul Gillis

China is bringing more of its private companies to heel, both domestically and their international investments. Peking University accounting professor Paul Gillis sees it as an effort by president Xi Jinping to consolidate its power, he tells the VOA.

Internet experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Twenty years ago Chinese academics sent their first online message and since then the internet has changed China beyond recognition. Despite efforts by the government to keep freedom of speech in check, China´s internet users are freer than even. A few of our speakers are key experts in this field.

E-commerce experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.

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.

Matthew Brennan joins China Speakers Bureau

WeChat expert Matthew Brennan has joined the China Speakers Bureau this week. China’ online giants dominate its economic, social and financial life, with Tencent’s WeChat as the major force, trailed by Alibaba and Sina’s Weibo.

WeChat is China’s operating system for your life, says Matthew Brennan in one of his presentations.

Health food: moving to more open supervision – Mark Schaub

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) has released in April a draft regulation for supervision of so-called health food. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub of King & Wood Mallesons sees it as an open way to discuss a new system of filing, and less registration, he writes in Lexology.

China: the land of the soft openings – Ian Johnson

Western analysts often miss the point, when they look at the way China conducts business, says China watcher Andrew Batson at his weblog, and he points at an interesting aside in Ian Johnson’s book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao , when he writes about soft openings in China. Case in point: comments on China’s One-Belt, One-Road initiative. Batson: ” It’s already clear it’s the China book of the year.”