One of the major global initiatives by China was the massive Belt and Road Initiative, reviving the old silk roads. In May 2017 a major international conference showed what our experts were already expecting: now all roads lead to China. Even countries who suffered from difficult relations with China, including both Koreas, appeared in Beijing.Larger than the former Marshall Plan after the Second World War, OBOR is going to redefine global trade.
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The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager banned the merger of European rail giants. They presented the merger as the way to stop competition from China. China expert Harry Broadman commends Vestager for her much debated ban as, Broadman argues, size is not the way to fight Chinese companies. Innovation is, he writes in Gulf News.
South-Korea was the latest country to suffer from economic boycott measures from China after it deployed THAAD missiles on its soil. Tourism backed out and Korean factories suffered surprise inspections. A standard procedure, says business analyst Shaun Rein to CBS. Norway, France, Japan, Taiwan and other suffered from similar boycotts.
South-Korea is not the first country to see China can fight an argument without sending the army in: Japan and France are just a few examples where tinkering with economic power was more effective, for example by redirecting its tourists. It is easier to bully South Korea than Japan,” says business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post.
The world looked up surprised when the Tiens Group took 6,500 of its employees to Paris and the Cote-d´Azur, but for China rich-list founder Rupert Hoogewerf says in IBT that this move fits into a tradition. More surprising is that an international company like Tiens has stayed so long under the Western radar.
The China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) caused much controversy, even before it took off. Such a bank can improve the governance of projects, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat, although there is no guarantee that will happen.
The consumption of the French Bordeaux might be dropping, the appetite for a Bordeaux chateau is still very much alive among China´s wealthy, says China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf in the Wine Spectator. “It is seen as a safe investment.”
Many cities try to lure massive spending Chinese tourists, but Paris is year after year the winner, also when it comes to what they spend per capita. China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf explains the magic of France´s capital in the Jakarta Post, and the challenges for competitors.
Chinese have become avid international travelers, but they develop into a very different breed than other tourists. Shaun Rein explains in his today released book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, how different China tourists are, and what they mean for the industry.