Alibaba bought the video-services Youku-Tudou, a mash of Youtube and Netflix, but at least ten times bigger, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg. It is a sign competition between internet giants in China is heating up, and Alibaba first want to strengthen its position there, before taking the rest of the world serious, Rein says.
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Chinese are looking for new meanings in their life, says journalist Ian Johnson. They are looking for religious values, both condoned by the government or illegal, but also shop around for other spiritual values. And mostly the government supports that search, as long as there are no foreign links.
Now China is preparing for a new megacity, Jing-Jin-Ji, combining Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, the neighboring provincial capital Baoding is hoping to ride on the bandwagon too. Journalist Ian Johnson visited Baoding for the New York Times and looks at its chances.
Google, Ebay and Amazon are just some of the tech giants who failed in China. With a good preparation that would not have happened, claims William Bao Bean, managing director of the ChinaAccelarator. His organization prepares startups for launches in China, and Chinese firms for going global.
The recent financial turmoil has different effects on different industries, notes Wei Gu, wealth editor of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. While sales have dropped in retail, as mainland shoppers drop out, bankers are extremely busy helping mainland customers to change a devaluating Yuan into other currencies.
Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff overlooks the consumer battlefield after recent stirs in the financial markets. Middle-class consumers have a wait-and-see attitude and might only resume buying by 2016, he tells CNBC. But lower tier markets will remain robust. Brand should focus now on their digital future, he advises.
Financial analyst Sara Hsu strongly disagrees with former US ambassador to the UN John Bolt as he accuses China it manipulated its currency by the recent devaluation. China is just doing what politicians in Washington have asked them to do, Hsu argues in PressTV. “They wanted China to become more market oriented.”
Some see the devaluation of the yuan as a panic measure by the Chinese government to reignite growth, but market analyst Ben Cavender tells the Guardian why the depreciation is mainly market driven, making the yuan freer from the US dollar peg.
China has accumulated debts US$25 trillion and because of the relative high interest rates, that level of debt is unsustainable, argues financial analyst Victor Shih at the USC U.S.-China Institute. And when China gets into trouble, there is no IMF-style institution with enough capital to save it. A crashing stock market also does not help.
Fast moving changes among China´s ultrarich, business analyst Shaun Rein noted when he recently joined a millionaire on a trip to South Africa. Travel is hot for the rich, sharing their experiences over WeChat. Bling is out, feeling good is in, he tells at CNN.