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US politicians find common ground: restrict foreign investments – Harry Broadman

The American political landscape might be more divided than ever before, political analyst Harry Broadman sees one field where Republicans and Democrats find common ground: restricting foreign investments, especially but not only those from China through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), he writes in Gulf News.

China can still step back from repressing religion – Ian Johnson

China’s central government has been cracking down on both Protestantism and the Islam over the past year. The direct future looks grim, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao at Foreign Affairs in an addition to a piece he wrote two years ago. The government can still go back to its pragmatic take on religion, but Johnson is not sure it will.

China tech firms withdraw from CES Las Vegas – Shaun Rein

The US-China trade war has another casualty: the CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

How Apple suffers from China’s downturn – Shaun Rein

Apple was already losing ground to domestic mobile phone makers, but the economic downturn and patriotism towards Huawei will make the US giant even more vulnerable, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the BBC.

China leads innovation in global retail – Shaun Rein

China is leading the innovation for retail and two to three years ahead of the US, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to CSB News. Internet giants like Alibaba started on mobile and then turned to brick-and-mortar, unlike the traditional retail who try to force online upon their customers.

Gift giving in China – Ashley Dudarenok

Chinese New Year is just a month ahead of us, so gift giving is high on the agenda. China veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Digital China: Working with Bloggers, Influencers and KOLs, gives some advice on what to give – and what not to – at her daily webblog for both China and what a China expert should bring to Russia.

2019: not just your average trade war

US president Donald Trump might think he is just fighting a trade war, but for China’s president Xi Jinping this is going much further, says political analyst Shaun Rein to CBS news. It can be the beginning of a new Cold War or worse, he says.

Religion: a double-edged sword for the government – Ian Johnson

The Chinese government has raided a few popular underground churches, illustrating how it sees religion as a double-edged sword, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, at NPR.

WeChat starts to tell stories, at last – Matthew Brennan

China’s most popular short-messages platform WeChat has at last included Snapchat/Instagram style stories. Long overdue, says Tencent and WeChat specialist Matthew Brennan at his website. He tells how it works, and why – if very late – this is a smart move.

Forbidden City brand management ‘chaotic’ – Shaun Rein

Beijing’s Forbidden City tried to follow international cultural centers by developing itself as a brand. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, wonders if the effort has been very successful, he says in the South China Morning Post.