Category Archives: Beijing

The trade war will not be a game changer in China – Victor Shih

If some US politicians hope the trade war between China and the US might undermine Xi Jinping’s domestic power base, they are on the wrong track, says political analyst Victor Shih at US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearings at the US Congress, according to the South China Morning Post.

First Rome-approved bishop good news for Vatican – Ian Johnson

The first ordination of a bishop, Father Yao Shun, approved by the Pope and the central government is good news for the Vatican, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, to AFP. 

The trade war fallout – Victor Shih

The trade war damages both US and China’s economy, and global trade. Financial and political analyst Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego and author of the forthcoming “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability,” gives an overview of the damage in the Los Angeles Times.

Devaluation: no manipulation, just basic economics – Jim Rogers

China is not manipulating its currency, says trader Jim Roger. When your currency gets hit by massive tariffs it is basic economics your currency goes down, he says to RT….

What if China runs out of US dollars? – Victor Shih

China has been saving much capital in US bonds and could use those resources to finance its debt and policies in the past. But what happens if China runs out of US dollars, asks political analyst Victor Shih in the New York Times.

Ian Johnson no.1 in 2019 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, has won the 2019 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest, says the website of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). 

Big four accounting firms: winning again in China – Paul Gillis

The Chinese government has tried to promote local CPA’s on the expense of the Big Four, but – says  Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis – the 2018 top-10 CPA ranking shows the Big Four are back winning market shares, with PwC, Deloitte and E&Y in the top three, he writes at his Chinaaccountingblog.

Next in the trade war: economic disengagement between US and China – Arthur Kroeber

New tariffs are not the main worry, as new shots are fired in the trade war between China and the US, says economist Arthur Kroeber according to Barron’s. Next is the upcoming disengagement between both economies and the question of what domains will be involved.

How prostitution came on my radar – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia tells in The Millions how she became interested in prostitution in China, after discovering her grandma was a ‘working girl’. It took years to write her bestselling novel Lotus: A Novel.

How digital change hits purchases in China – Jim Rogers

Investor Jim Rogers tried to buy an ice-cream in Beijing but discovered you cannot buy it for money, you need a mobile. Alibaba and Tencent have become giant technology firms that have changed day-to-day life.