Category Archives: Speaker News

Discussing the “Last Secret”, 30 years after Tiananmen – Ian Johnson

Despite desperate efforts by the government to push the events of June 4, 1989, at Tiananmen Square into collective amnesia, new documents have shed light on the events. Journalist Ian Johnson reviews the latest publication, The Last Secret: The Final Documents from the June Fourth Crackdown, for the NY Review of Books, and summarize what we have been learning over the past 30 years.

Tit for tat: China’s retaliates with blacklisting in trade war – Harry Broadman

By blacklisting Huawei, the US started a new phase in the trade war, and China’s intention to blacklist US companies in retaliation does not really come as a surprise, says former US negotiator Harry Broadman to CNN Business.

China is more capitalist than California or Massachusetts – Jim Rogers

Renowned investor Jim Rogers tells how he saw China change over de past decades, and how US states like California or Massachusetts are now more communist than capitalist China, he tells at Stansberry Research.

Why China’s ‘nuclear options’ might not work – Victor Shih

Devaluating the Yuan and dumping US treasuries regular pop up as ‘nuclear options’ China has in its trade war with the US. Financial and political analyst Victor Shih explains why that might be a wrong idea. “These options are not credible, because they conflict with other important policy objectives of China,” he writes at the China File.

What if rare earths enter the trade war – Arthur Kroeber

China has been checking its weaponry for the ongoing trade war and stopping the export of rare earths has been one of them. But China will have to be very selective in using this weapon, otherwise it might hurt itself more than the US, says economist Arthur Kroeber, according to CBS.

Dilemmas of animal-testing for China cosmetics – Mark Schaub

Globally cosmetic companies have been phasing out animal testing, but in China authorities sometimes still require those tests. Lawyer  Mark Schaub looks at the dilemmas for international cosmetics, who face different requirements, and potential damage to their brand, at the China Law Insight.

Next in the trade war: the financial markets – Andy Mok

Wall Street is going to be the next casualty in the trade war after it moved from tariffs to tech, says Beijing-based analyst Andy Mok in the New York Times. Corporate…

Visiting Alibaba’s Hema supermarket – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok visits one of Alibaba’s Hema supermarkets, based on AI and data-collection, paving the way for new retail. She even finds a fish with QR-code so you can track where it is coming from.

Capturing the fast changing business models – William Bao Bean

Major industries like travel, retail, automotive, telecom and others see their traditional business models changing very fast. At Shanghai-based SOSV managing director William Bao Bean helps startups to make money in new ways, based on data, and capture fast emerging markets, he tells at the Phocuswright Europe conference in Amsterdam last week. Companies should not cling to melting margins, but identify where money can be made, he argues.

Travel: hard to make a buck for startups – William Bao Bean

Ctrip is one of China’s successful travel companies, but for most startups, it is a tough market to crack, said William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based China Accelerator, last week at a travel conference in Amsterdam, according to Phocuswire.com. Bean did identify some potential success stories, though.