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.
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.
2016 is going to be the year where outbound investments from China are going to be a major story. Not only generate IPO´s from Alibaba and JD, much capital that used to be locked up in China, is now looking for opportunities to go abroad. A few of our speakers at the China Speakers Bureau focus on that development.
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.
Innovation and China seemed have been at odds for a long time. But the country known for its copy-cats has made huge strides forward, and innovation has become a key feature in the country´s development. Not surprising, also speakers at the China Speakers Bureau reflect that important development.
More Chinese internet users are looking for good answers and are willing to pay for it. Paid Q&A apps emerge in China and business consulent Andy Mok discusses at CGTN America their business models and their chances to succeed.
Almost all Chinese consumers use their mobile phone to pay, most overwhelmingly by Alipay. Fintech expert Andy Mok discusses at CCTV the implications. The technology is inplace, but the regulators are still slowing the implementation, he says. Regulation by the government is unavoidable, but in a way that serves the consumers.
JD.com, Alibaba´s largest competitor at e-commerce, has started to deploy drones to bring parcels to the country side. It opens a market to potentially 600 million rural customers for e-commerce, tells business analyst Andy Mok at AP. A market that was up to a short while ago, hard to reach.
A huge part of China fell for the charms of Donald Trump, and it is not only because of the excellent Mandarin of his granddaughter, says China veteran Andy Mok to SBS. He seemless fits many Chinese aspirations.