When you believe Western media, religion is suffering severely from repression in China. But author Ian Johnson explored for his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao the different religions in the country and discovered they are flourishing like they did not do for a long time, he tells to Christianity Today.
Journalist Ian Johnson discusses his forthcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao on the return of religion in China. Chinese want now to do more than only make money, he says. They are looking what brings us together. What makes China tick?
Business analyst Andy Mok has nine take-away’s from this week’s central bank’s press conference. Fintech and startups got priority from the government, he writes in CGTN, and they prepare for global expansion. But domesticallly virtual currencies and digital payment systems are kept under control to avoid capital flight.
On one hand China tries to embark with “One Belt, One Road” on a massive global expansion. But financial limitations on the outflow of capital go against that. Those conflicting messages makes business people worried about what road to take, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the South China Morning Post.
Making money on mobile apps is – despite their popularity – almost impossible. Taiwan-based MOX and Shanghai-based Chinaccelator try to break the stranglehold of Google and Facebook on this industry, says William Bao Bean, managing director of both, to Tech in Asia.
Company constructions via fiscal paradises, VIE’s or variable interest entities, are regular ways to avoid corporate government restrictions in China, and under official attack just for that. The Supreme Court fielded a verdict on transactions by one of those VIE’s, but – says accounting professor Paul Gillis on his weblog, it did not clarify whether VIE’s might lose their validity.
More wealth is concentrated in less hands, and the pace is accelerating, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief research of the China rich list Hurun after publishing his Hurun Global Rich List, according to the CNBC. And most billionaires are living in China.
Alibaba is pushing into the entertainment industry. The internet giant has one huge advantage, traditional filmmakers can only dream of, says business professor Jeffrey Towson in the Nikkei Asia Review. “Alibaba is attempting to create a new type of smart production that replaces “big bets” with “big data”.”
Trump properties might have gotten some extra glamour after their name-giver became president of the United States. But China’s rich have historically shown very little interest in the Trump assets, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher of the Hurun China Rich List, and it is unlikely going to change, he tells the New York Post.