Category Archives: books

Discussing civil society, by Chen Hongguo – Ian Johnson

Organizing public debate in China is challenging, but former Xi’an professor Chen Hongguo does. Journalist Ian Johnson visited the book club Zhiwuzhi Chen established after he decided to leave university, and discusses how he manages to survive, for the NY Review of Books.

China’s consumers are trading down – Shaun Rein

China’s consumers used to pay a premium to foreign products, because of the presumed quality and status connected to it. But those easy days for foreign brands are over, says business analyst Shaun Rein at the City Wireselect.

Louder voices oppose Xi Jinping’s rule – Ian Johnson

For the outside world, Xi Jinping looks like the effective authoritarian leader, killing effectively public debate in the country. But journalist Ian Johnson noted over the past few months an amazing growth of opposition inside the Party, he writes in the NY Review of Books.

Amazon failed in China because of business issues, not the government – Shaun Rein

Amazon was the latest online Western casualty in China. The US company has been clueless in organizing its business in China, and it was not the government who killed Amazon, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order in the Voice of America.

China inflated its credit bubble, again – Victor Shih

In its fight against an economic slowdown, China has opened the bank vaults again and pumped more credit into its financial systems, again, says political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation to the New York Times. It is an old solution in a country where debts are already at dangerous levels, he says.

Experts on the US-China trade war at the China Speakers Bureau

The official trade war between the US and China seems to be entering its end game. But that does not mean the hostilities will end. Making sense out of what the world’s first and second-largest economies will do will only be slightly easier. A few speakers at our office might be able to help you out.

Pacifying the Islam by force does not help – Ian Johnson

China is trying to pacify Islam by force, but is achieving the opposite of the stability it wants to secure, says Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China, to Foreign Policy. “By using more force to increase stability, the government is achieving the opposite effect.” 

China women lack leverage in both politics and salaries – Zhang Lijia

Women in China might be regaining some tracking in the economy, they are still lacking political leverage and earn on average less than men, says author Zhang Lijia at Wion. “According to Zhang, if China wants to improve the lives of women, it will first need to accord them equal status in society and politics.”

The crude reality for women in the China market – Zhang Lijia

London-based author Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus, a novel, on prostitution in China, recalls at Varsity the crude reality women have to face in China’s economy, a story many outside China might not see, speaking at Cambridge PEN, about the process of writing her latest book.

How four US constituencies look differently at China – Arthur Kroeber

As the formal trade war might be heading to an end game, four US constituencies have different views on how to deal with China, even after the trade war ends, explains economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® at a meeting of the Asia Society.