Category Archives: politics

China’s new top-planner did not perform well – Victor Shih

Amid the reshuffle of China’s top-officials, He Lifeng will take the helm at the powerful National Development and Reform Commission. But some senior analysts doubted his skills as a planner. Just look at his work in Tianjin, says political analist Victor Shih in AP.

Why and how should prostitution be decriminalized – Zhang Lijia

In China most women enter the prostitution on their own free will. The government is criminalizing them, forcing them into a submissive position. What can be done? Author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution researched the sex trade in China, and possible solutions and discusses government approaches.

The success of China’s Communist Party – Ian Johnson interviews Sebastian Heilmann

Few scholars have looked into the inner workings of China’s Communist Party like Sebastian Heilmann, founding president of the Mercator Institute of Chinese Studies (Merics) in Berlin, a government professor at the University of Trier and author of China’s Political System. Journalist Ian Johnson interviews him on the success of the party for the New York Times.

Consumption experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

The Chinese government tries to shift its economy from investment-driven towards consumption, with considerable success. And the outside world is equally seeing the consumption power of the Chinese, as they travel more than ever, and spend per head more than tourists from any other country.

But tapping into that huge spending power is not always easy, and is driven by the often hard-to-predict habits of Chinese consumers, policies by the government and the powerful social media. Experts at the China Speakers Bureau are happy to give your efforts direction.

Disappearance of Xiao Jianhua: a show of power – Victor Shih

The still unresolved disappearance of billionaire Xiao Jianhua from Hong Kong has sent shivers among the financial elite. Right-fully so, says political analyst Victor Shih to Today. China´s central government wants to show who is in charge.

Financial restrictions hurt China´s outbound investments – Victor Shih

Fast declining foreign reserves have pushed China´s financial authorities into severely restricting the outflow of capital. Outbound investment, like the Vancouver real estate industry, might be under pressure, says financial analyst Victor Shih in the Vancouver Sun.

Xiao Jianhua: the bag man of the powerful – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s powerful families use so-called “bag men” to deal with their wealth. The disappeared billionaire Xiao Jianhua was such a bag man, according to China rich list producer Rupert Hoogewerf, including the family or president Xi Jinping to the Financial Times. Finding information on Xiao had been tough.

Where to put your investments under Trump? – Shaun Rein

US-president Donald Trump is hitting world trade like an unguided missile and many investors wonder where to put their money now China seems next on his agenda, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post. “(Trump) likes to use chaos in order to negotiate.” Australia and Europe could be winning.

China might be better geared for a trade war than the US – Arthur Kroeber

Donald Trump is still rolling up his sleeves, while many analysts are still wondering who might be better equipped for a shake-out between China and the US. For now, leading economist Arthur Kroeber puts his bets on on China, he tells CNBC.

Trump lets China help compete with Mexico – Jeffrey Towson

While analysts watch a potential trade shoot-out between the US and China, US president Trump might help China in other ways, for example helping them compete with Mexico, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily. Mexico has been winning from China in producing cars and autoparts, and abolishing NAFTA might change that.