Category Archives: business

Is Wal-Mart a chicken to be killed? – Shaun Rein

Killing a chicken to scare the monkey, is a famous saying in China. Giving Wal-Mart trouble might be a way for Chinese authorities to send a signal to foreign companies in China, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Business Week. Local protectionism is on the rise.

Needed: a China-first strategy – Shaun Rein

During a meeting with the board of one of the largest FMCG companies, business analyst Shaun Rein pleaded for a ‘China-first’ strategy, as the country is key for the companies development. Some of his arguments he summarized in CNBC. Take Apple as an example.

China needs to import food – Arthur Kroeber

Diminishing water resources might force China to import large amounts of grain in the future, tells economic analyst Arthur Kroeber in Business Week. Although it might first groom domestic players like Cofco, before facing competitors like Cargill on a global market place.

Internet users want games and porn – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang analyzes on her website the wonderful world of shanzai, or the mobile knockoffs that are so popular in China. More than features, she tells, Chinese internet users want games and porn on their Nokia N9 knockoff.

Why Jack Ma will not buy Yahoo – Helen Wang

Author Helen Wang attended the much-debated speech of Alibaba’s Jack Ma at Stanford, where he discussed – among others – the purchase of Yahoo. Helen Wang explains in Forbes why he said he would be interested, but will in fact never buy Yahoo.

Yahoo: Alibaba’s gateway into the US market? – Marc van der Chijs

Alibaba’s CEO Jack Ma, the leading e-commerce site in China, made some waves by suggesting he might be buying the struggling US-site Yahoo. Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs discusses on his weblog how Alibaba could use Yahoo to get into the US market.

Flexibility: key for China start-ups – Marc van der Chijs

Changing a business plan happens almost every three months in fast-growing China, and sometimes very drastic. Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs describes on his weblog how his new start-up United Styles, relaunched after six months for a different target group and with different technology.

China innovation fueled by US education – Shaun Rein

China’s universities might be churning out millions of engineers, real innovative enterprises are led by US-educated returnees, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. He disagrees with Washington Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa who fears China’s education.

Rich entrepreneur in Central Committee ‘largely symbolic” – Rupert Hoogewerf

When Liang Wengen, currently China’s richest entrepreneur, is voted next year into the Central Committee, that is largely a symbolic move, illustrating the symbiotic relationship between the Communist Party and private entrepreneurs, tells Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun in CNN.

China’s right to undervalue its exchange rate – Arthur Kroeber

China is manipulating its currency to boost its export, US criticasters say. China sees an undervalued exchange rate as the right of a developing country, just like other did in the past, argues economic analyst Arthur Kroeber in the Voice of America.