Category Archives: business

The threat for Tencent: competitors like Bytedance – Matthew Brennan

China’s internet giant Tencent had a rocky week with less than stellar quarterly figures and a government ban of a successful game. But while Tencent keeps on doing well, English language media have missed a major threat for Tencent, says internet expert Matthew Brennan on his China Channel website. Competitors like Bytedance and Tik Tok undermine the giant, he says.

Internet experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Twenty years ago Chinese academics sent their first online message and since then the internet has changed China beyond recognition. Despite efforts by the government to keep freedom of speech in check, China´s internet users are freer than even. A few of our speakers are key experts in this field.

Mark Schaub moves to London

Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub leaves his current hometown to settle in London as a new partner of KWM London by August.

E-commerce experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.

What do Chinese companies do differently in India – William Bao Bean

Chinese companies have been gaining market share in India on a large scale, but in a different way than other foreign companies. William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinacellerator, looks at their strategies and how they gained market share, for US News. William Bao Bean has a solid business background in both China and India.

Can Luckin beat Starbucks? – Ben Cavender

Competition is a key feature in China’s industries, but coffee retailer Starbucks never faced those challenges. Now Luckin emerges, and Starbucks has no longer a free ride, tells business analyst Ben Cavender to the New York Times.

Pinduoduo just a ‘flash in the pan’? – Shaun Rein

The successful IPO of Pinduoduo,  the third e-commerce platform in China after Alibaba and JD.com, took many by surprise. But it does not mean Pinduoduo will be equally successful in the future, warns business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at the South China Morning Post. Just days later, it was accused of hosting counterfeit goods.

Why China does not use its consumer power in the trade war, yet – Victor Shih

The developing trade war between China and the US focuses on tariffs for commodities, while China could hurt the US really nasty by deploying its consumer power by boycotting products, tourism and US-related education. Political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, explains in Bloomberg why China has not done so.

Belt and Road: not all deals are solid – Arthur Kroeber

Concerns have been raised about the quality of the deals closed under the wide One Belt, One Road program. Economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, admits that some deals could be “wacky”, he tells the New York Times.“It certainly is a very capacious arena for opportunists, that’s for sure,” Mr. Kroeber added.

Too much capital hurts the quality of China startups – William Bao Bean

A massive inflow of capital for startups has a negative influence on the market in China, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelarator in US News. VC’s are under pressure to deliver to their shareholders, and that makes them less picking in selecting startups.