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Crackdown on corruption has some side-effects – Shaun Rein

While President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption is lauded by most, the campaign has some negative side-effects, says author Shaun Rein of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order in the South China Morning Post. Officials have become increasingly afraid to make larger decisions because they fear a possible backlash, he says.

The pros and cons of China’s market economy for women – Zhang Lijia

China’s market economy has brought pros and cons to the women, says author Zhang Lijia of the bestseller Lotus: A Novel, on prostitution in China, to the BBC.“I think women have shouldered most of the cost and burden during the transition from a planned economy to the market economy,” she says. She is currently working on a book on the left-behind children in China.

My mission as a bridge builder – Kaiser Kuo

China veteran and rock star Kaiser Kuo addresses the Confucius Institute at the Webster University at the start of the Year of the dog to talk about his mission as a bridge builder between China and the US. “I figured out what I wanted to do, and my job has been building bridges.”

My nostalgic view on Spring Festival – Zhang Lijia

Much of China and many Chinese have become wealthy. But just a few decades ago, remembers author Zhang Lijia of “Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China Spring Festival was the only moment in the year where food was abundant. At her website, she looks with a nostalgic view at those poorer times.

What’s the deal with Alibaba’s new retail? – Tom Doctoroff

Supermarkets in China (and where not) have been unfriendly for innovation – to put it mildly. But Alibaba’s HEMA’s supermarkets, starting the so-called “new retail”, are causing a revolution, writes marketing guru Tom Doctoroff in AdAge. 25 Stores are functional and dozens more will be open soon.

In China, politics is crucial for business – Shaun Rein

China has become a politicized society, and countries and businesses can only ignore politics at their own peril. That is one of the key messages of political analyst Shaun Rein’s book The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, and at the China Economic Review, he explains how that – in his view – works.

China’s success factor: skipping the middle management – William Bao Bean

In the search for answers to the question why Chinese companies do so well, corporate analyst William Bao Bean sees one key difference with Western competitors: many Chinese companies skipped the middle management and organized internal structures fundamentally different, he explains in Venturebeat.

How China overtook in global IT innovation – Kaiser Kuo

In less than 15 years China changed from a copy-cat factory floor of the world into a leading innovation platform, says former Baidu communication director Kaiser Kuo to India Today. When the perception of China as a copy-cat nation still persists, it is the time to change, he says.

Why Beijing and the Vatican are eager to close a deal – Ian Johnson

Despite fierce opposition, both the Vatican and the central government in Beijing seem very eager to sign a deal on reestablishing diplomatic relations. Journalist Ian Johnson, who broke the story end January, and author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao tries to figure out why both a so eager to push ahead, he tells at PRI. The real issue for both is about social control, he says.

“Trade war” is actually business-as-usual between US and China – Kaiser Kuo

The US bans Huawei and solar panels. China ‘investigates’ sorghum. Is a trade war developing between China and the US? Not so fast, says political analyst Kaiser Kuo, and former communication director for Baidu, at Wired. What we see according to him is just business as usual.

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