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Prostitution: a career move in an unequal society – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the much-acclaimed book Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China discusses with Eric Fish on the weblog of the Asia Society how Chinese women end up in this trade. While triggered off by inequality, it is a way to improve their lives, she says.

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.

China´s Twilight Years – Howard French

While many analysts expect China to grab chances when the US is changing its global position, eminent China experts Howard French sees the opposite happening. With a shrinking and aging population, China´s power is diminishing, he argues in The Atlantic. While the US have chances.

2017: Even sharper drop in outbound investments – Shaun Rein

At the end of 2016 a sharp decline in outbound investments by China became clear as financial restrictions kicked in. Business analyst Shaun Rein expects the curtailing measures to last for at least six months into 2017, he tells the South China Morning Post.

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.

An uplifting book on a sad subject: review of Lotus by Zhang Lijia

Commentator Dan Southerland of Radio Free Asia is clearly touched by the moving book Lotus: A Novel by Zhang Lijia on the life of prostitutes in China. “An uplifting book on a sad subject,” he says about the book.

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.

Who is Xiao Jianhua – Rupert Hoogewerf

Billionaire Xiao Jianhua suddenly disappeared this week from Hong Kong, triggering off rumors of him being kidnapped into mainland China. The South China Morning Post says it received confirmation. China´rich list expert Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun gives in AP some background on this business partner of some of Xi Jinping´s relatives.

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.

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