Category Archives: economy

Ten popular misconceptions about China – Tom Doctoroff

Hard landing of the economy or no hard landing. Getting the China story right is tough for Western observers, says China-watcher Tom Doctoroff, author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer. Forbes lists his ten popular misconceptions.

A government-organized slowdown – Shaun Rein

The latest data from China signal a slowdown of the economy. Is this the hard landing, economists have been predicting? No, says business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. This is exactly the scenario the central government has been wanting to see.

Rising wages will disrupt supply chains – Shaun Rein

Rising wages in China will disrupt supply chains and consumer habits worldwide, tells business analyst Shaun Rein, author of “The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World” in IFW.

Has China a viable middle class? – The debate

No says Shaun Rein in Bloomberg, it might take at least another ten years before China’s middle class earns enough, and he advises clients to focus on premium products for the rich. Yes, says Helen Wang in CNN, since China is cheap enough. What do you think? Fill in our poll.

The End of Cheap China hits US book shelves – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein’s long-awaited book on The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World has reached the shelves of US book stores. Key lessons on change in China.

Why this crisis is tougher for China – Paul Denlinger

Bear and bulls are fighting each other on the effects of the global crisis on China’s economy. Business analyst Paul Denlinger explains on his weblog China Vortex why this crisis is worse for China than the previous one.

The painful shift from cheap labor to high consumption – Victor Shih

China’s economy is changing from cheap labor and export to domestic consumption. But the move away for wasteful investments is not an easy one, tells political and financial analyst Victor Shih in The Guardian.

High growth potential, despite relative slowdown – Arthur Kroeber

The recent slowdown in China’s economic growth has pulled down many markets. But economic analyst Arthur Kroeber argues in a recent paper for the Brookings institute that China is still offering a huge potential, if it can really reform its financial systems.

10 things the end of cheap China will mean for you – Shaun Rein

Your espresso and your hamburger will become more expensive. Those are two of the ten changes the end of cheap China means for you, author Shaun Rein spells out in Forbes. Those changes “are threatening the easy availability of the low-priced goods that have fueled Americans’ consumption-led lifestyle.”

China has most female billionaires, but it’s not enough – Zhang Lijia

Most seven out of ten self-made female billionaires are Chinese, says the Hurun rich list, and author Zhang Lijia explains in The Guardian why despite that achievement women entrepreneurs still have a long march to go.