Category Archives: finance

Ant Financial: a global payment monster – Ben Cavender

China’s internet companies have turned around payment systems dom estically. Now they are turning to global market, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Cryptocoinnews. Alibaba’s Ant Financial now is setting up a war chest to conquer those global markets.

China-US trade deal: merely window dressing – Arthur Kroeber

The surprise trade deal between China and the US on beef and financial services is lacking real substance, tells economist Arthur Kroeber and author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know┬« at USagnet.

One-Belt, One-Road: all roads lead to China

One of the major global initiatives by China was the One-Belt, One-Road (OBOR),reviving the old silk roads. And while it is an open platform, major trade partners of China are currently not part of the initiative, including Australia, the UK and the US. Major disputes, like the Ausgrid, Brexit and Hickley cases, might only add to the worries countries should have when looking at their relation with China, without being part of OBOR.

How to push ahead with private hospitals – Jeffrey Towson

Medical reform in China has been lagging, and private hospitals hardly play a role, because patients to not trust them, and medical staff does not want to leave state-funded career. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson explains on his weblog what could be a road to reform, with the help of investment bankers.

China: going fully cashless – Ben Cavender

China might have invented the paper money, it is most likely also the first one to go fully cashless, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Motherboard. “People basically run their lives through smartphones in China.”

Jeffrey Towson releases 2017 edition of “One Hour China” bestseller

Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson has released this week the 2017 edition of his three-year old bestseller The One Hour China Book (2017 Edition): Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories he wrote together with Jonathan Woetzel. On his weblog, he explains the reason for the new edition in a fast-changing China.

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.

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.

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.

Moutai beats Johnny Walker on value – Shaun Rein

Kweichow Moutai, China’s favorite booze, passed on Friday with US$71.5 billion Johnny Walker owner Diageo as the world’s most valuable drink despite its dependency on the China market. They have made all the right moves, tells business analyst Shaun Rein to CNN, despite president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.