Category Archives: books

Why Alipay has a hard time cracking Hong Kong – Shaun Rein

Alibaba has been successful in cracking China’s financial markets, but going global, even to Hong Kong proves to be tough. The difference: innovating in China proved to be long overdue, while Hong Kong had already a well developed financial system, says financial analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to the South China Morning Post.

How a government critic got a WeChat account – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, interviewed the sociologist Guo Yuhua, a known critic of the government. One jewel in the interview on how she was able to open an account on WeChat, despite the governmental censorship, for the NY Review of Books.

Reforms: not a key point in China’s economic development – Arthur Kroeber

Is China moving ahead or stalling in economic reforms? That question is often asked by Western observers of the country, and a profoundly wrong one, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® at the Asia Society. He blames his fellow economists for wishful thinking that is not helping to understand China.

Why China will not sell off its US treasuries – Arthur Kroeber

More than once selling US bonds in the hands of China has been suggested as a powerful tool in the trade war with the US. But selling those treasuries does not make sense, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® in the South China Morning Post.

Generation Z turns to domestic brands – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers always had a preference for foreign brands, because of quality and status. But the wealthy Generation Z – the post-millennials – is turning the tables, warns branding analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order in the South China Morning Post.

Ian Johnson, fighting into a subject

Journalist Ian Johnson gained most recently celebrity by his latest book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. Last week we got a peek into his research activities showing what immerging into a subject mean for a dedicated journalist like Ian.

Europe lags behind China digitally – Mark Greeven

China is way ahead of Europe when it comes to its digital transformation, says Zhejiang University professor Mark Greeven, author of Business Ecosystems in China: Alibaba and Competing Baidu, Tencent, Xiaomi and LeEco to the NRC. Europe is way over-regulated compared to China, he says, and companies get in China much more leeway to experiment.

No children’s day for left-behind ones – Zhang Lijia

June 1 is Children’s Day in China, but for those left behind at the countryside, there is no Childrens’ Day, writes author Zhang Lijia in the South China Morning Post. Earlier she wrote Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China and is currently working on her next book on left-behind children.

Nationalism: key feature in Xi’s foreign policy – Arthur Kroeber

Nationalism has been a double-edged sword in China’s domestic policy, where the leadership mostly tried to control this natural sentiment among its citizens. But Xi Jinping is clearly taking a different direction when it comes to his foreign policy, tells economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the South China Morning Post.

Internet giants changed into investment vehicles – Shaun Rein

Internet giants Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba increasingly buy into innovative companies to stay ahead of the competition. They have become dominant investment vehicles, 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.