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The threat for Tencent: competitors like Bytedance – Matthew Brennan

China’s internet giant Tencent had a rocky week with less than stellar quarterly figures and a government ban of a successful game. But while Tencent keeps on doing well, English language media have missed a major threat for Tencent, says internet expert Matthew Brennan on his China Channel website. Competitors like Bytedance and Tik Tok undermine the giant, he says.

Pros and cons of China’s investments into Africa – Sara Hsu

Fierce debates have been fought over China’s investments into Africa, are they helping Africa or is China the new colonial power? Financial analyst Sara Hsu puts the arguments pro and con next to each other at her video blog China Rising. 

Why JD.com is in trouble, and Tencent not – Shaun Rein

JD.com reported bad figures, after also Tencent, and according to business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order talking to Bloomberg, JD.com is in trouble because of its now obsolete technology, while competition is heating up. More established players like Tencent and Alibaba face less trouble since they can diversify easier over different industries.

WeChat: huge and still growing – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat has become the largest national platform in China. But despite its one billion monthly active users, the platform is only starting to grow and monetize its base, for example by using its mini-WeChats, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to the South China Morning Post.

No wide-spread China meddling in US elections – Victor Shih

Following the investigation into Russia meddling into US elections, California Congressman Jeff Denham has also accused China of the same. While there have been some minor spying incidents, political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, does not see a similar effort for interference from China, he tells Politifact.

How the central bank dresses up its figures – Victor Shih

China’s central bank PBOC is dressing up its figures. Financial analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, has for Bloomberg a look at…

Stable elements in China’s fast-changing digital reality – Tom Doctoroff

China’s digital world is changing faster than anywhere else in the world, but some elements remain stable, says marketing expert Tom Doctoroff to Warc. “Chinese people are so emotionally engaged with the images and experiences they share with the “like-minded” – that is, people who “matter” because they have the same interests.”

How emerging markets turn around the product lifecycle – Harry Broadman

Emerging markets have turned around the traditional view on the product lifecycle, as multinational knew them, argues Harry Broadman in his speech on innovation and entrepreneurship. No longer is the US the birth ground of new ideas, who then spread to emerging economy, but innovation from emerging countries conquer the world in its own right.

Trade war will not derail reform program – Arthur Kroeber

If the current plans for impose 25% US tariffs on Chinese import are really executed, they will cause damage to China’s economy, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, says at CNBC. But it is unlikely the trade war will derail the long-term reform plans, he adds.

US brands fear higher prices as trade war moves on – Andy Mok

The People’s Daily has hit out to Apple for making its capital on the expense of China, but all iconic American brands fear to be hit by the ongoing trade war between China and the US, says business analyst Andy Mok at CGTN.

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