Category Archives: Speaker News

Why the issue of shadow banking is fading away – Sara Hsu

Shadow banking was one of those China issues that kept financial people awake at night. But after a decade of studying shadow banking, Sara Hsu argues in Triple Crisis that the issue has been cut up in manageable parts, and will fade away by 2015.

The KFC, McDonald’s shoot-out – Ben Cavender

Both KFC and McDonald’s have been struggling to keep market share in China by expanding fast. Localizing has become a key word, but sometimes at the expense of quality, says business analyst Ben Cavender in AdAge.

Super-rich earn fortunes in China´s car-industry – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s billionaires not only spend a huge part of their money on luxury cars, they also make it from the car-industry, says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun Rich list in the China Daily.25 Percent of the super-rich in the automotive industry come from China.

Why Sina weibo´s valuation is too high – Shaun Rein

Sina´s weibo is preparing for an IPO, but business analyst Shaun Rein feels that their valuation is way too high, he tells at Bloomberg TV. Weibo is not longer the hot company it used to be, after a government crackdown and competition by WeChat.

Alibaba: great numbers, despite growing competition – Shaun Rein

Alibaba´s IPO is nearing, and their latest figures are great, tells business analyst Shaun Rein at Bloomberg TV, boosting even Yahoo´s results. But competition in China by Tencent is growing, making Alibaba not the only player in the country´s e-commerce.

Can China urbanize in a sustainable way? – Sara Hsu

China´s urbanites are expected to growth with a few hundred million over the coming years. But can cities grow in a sustainable way, wonders urbanization expert Sara Hsu in The Diplomat. The is both room for doubt and for hope, she writes.

Strong economy, no stimulus needed now – Shaun Rein

Against many predictions, China´s economy is doing relatively well and business analyst Shaun Rein does not see the need for a stimulus to fire up growth now, he tells CNBC.

Mark Obama Ndesandjo discusses Kenya, the US, China and his family

Shenzhen-based Mark Obama Ndesandjo, half-brother of Barack Obama, talks at Nanfang TV about this experiences in Kenya, the US and China, and his meetings with this half-brother. Mark recently published his book An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures.

China´s military industry pushes for deals – Wendell Minnick

China´s manufacturers of military equipment have a huge delegation at the Defense Services Asia exhibition at Kuala Lumpur, notes defense expert Wendell Minnick at the Defense News. Ten companies “pushing wares as diverse as armored vests, missiles and submarines”.

One size does not fit all in China anymore – Ben Cavender

China´s consumers are becoming more sophisticated and – unlike the past – they do no want to be seen in the same outfit as their colleagues. It is about customizing, not about showing off, tells business analyst Ben Cavender in CNBC.