Category Archives: corruption

Political experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Under president Xi Jinping, politics has become more dynamic than under his predecessor Hu Jintao. Anti-corruption, political reforms and increased infighting between different factions mark the news on an almost daily basis. And while everybody has an opinion, at the China Speakers Bureau we are happy to have a range of expert opinions on China´s political development.

How China became a politicized society – Shaun Rein

Known as the ultimate consumer guru, business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, now turned to politics in China, he explains at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club. In the past you could make a lot of money, no questions asked, he tells. Now you can still make money, but not that much and you need much more political sensitivity, he says. The pros and cons of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.

The anti-corruption drive changed China – Arthur Kroeber

After the closure of the 19th Party Congress this week, analysts try to figure out what happened during the meeting. It’s not about internal party fighting, as some say, says economist Arthur Kroeber. President Xi Jinping changed the country through his all-out anti-corruption drive, and that started already five years ago, he tells NPR.

A man’s world in China – Zhang Lijia

When the official China Daily reported that a scandal like Harvey Weinstein’s sexual escapades could not happen in China, many raised their eyebrows.  Author Zhang Lijia, of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, sets the record straight for AFP.

Xi Jinping’s China dream: a more assertive role – Ian Johnson

China’s leadership is gathering this week in Beijing to prepare another five-year plan, and affirm president Xi Jinping for another five-year term. Journalist Ian Johnson looks for the New York Times at the new role China is playing in the world. “His China could become a model for digitally driven authoritarianism around the world.”

The economic fallout of Xi’s powerplay – Arthur Kroeber

Chinese companies are running for cover as president Xi Jinping’s powerplay is also hitting the economy. China regularly pulls the reins, when too much financial power is flowing outside the state economy, says renowned economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® in the Financial Times.

China’s geopolitical adventures in Africa – Howard French

Unlike the remembrance of the former colonial forces in Africa, China’s current geopolitical adventures into the continent “Africans’ view of China “is still positive, but not as exuberant as it was”. says Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa to Today Online.

An uplifting book on a sad subject: review of Lotus by Zhang Lijia

Commentator Dan Southerland of Radio Free Asia is clearly touched by the moving book Lotus: A Novel by Zhang Lijia on the life of prostitutes in China. “An uplifting book on a sad subject,” he says about the book.

Xiao Jianhua: the bag man of the powerful – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s powerful families use so-called “bag men” to deal with their wealth. The disappeared billionaire Xiao Jianhua was such a bag man, according to China rich list producer Rupert Hoogewerf, including the family or president Xi Jinping to the Financial Times. Finding information on Xiao had been tough.

Who is Xiao Jianhua – Rupert Hoogewerf

Billionaire Xiao Jianhua suddenly disappeared this week from Hong Kong, triggering off rumors of him being kidnapped into mainland China. The South China Morning Post says it received confirmation. China´rich list expert Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun gives in AP some background on this business partner of some of Xi Jinping´s relatives.