Category Archives: government

Ian Johnson joins PhD program with study on civil society

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of the bestseller The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, will join a PdD program with Philip Clart at the Leipzig University with a study on urban religion and civil society in China.

Devaluation yuan pondered amid trade war exchanges – Victor Shih

China’s financial institutions ponder on the pros and cons of a currency devaluation as the effects of the trade war with the US start to kick in. While devaluation is on the agenda, it would be a tricky road, says financial analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, at CapitalWatch.

Dropping China stocks are bad news – Sara Hsu

Investors in Chinese equity know from the past they have put their money on a roller-coaster. But the recent drop is very rough, and – says financial analyst Sara Hsu to the ChinaUSFocus, the drop is worse because much stock has been used as collateral for loans.

The Belt and Road initiative: all roads lead to China (updated)

One of the major global initiatives by China was the massive Belt and Road Initiative, reviving the old silk roads. In May 2017 a major international conference showed what our experts were already expecting: now all roads lead to China. Even countries who suffered from difficult relations with China, including both Koreas, appeared in Beijing.Larger than the former Marshall Plan after the Second World War, OBOR is going to redefine global trade.

The US-China trade war: in for the long haul – Arthur Kroeber

The trade war between the US and China might only be starting, the fight is going to be one for the long haul, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, according to Dow Jones. “The U.S. and China are in for a long and acrimonious confrontation,” he says.

Why “House of Cards” got a massive following in China – Tom Doctoroff

“House of Cards” might be a cynical parody on US politics, millions of Chinese also enjoyed the Netflix production and hade it a huge impact in China. Cultural expert and China expert Tom Doctoroff, author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer, explains to the Washington Post why. “It essentially confirmed that our government is not so different than theirs.”

Currency devaluation: a tricky way to fight the trade war – Victor Shih

Devaluating the Chinese Yuan can be an attractive, but also dangerous way for China to deal with the effect of the ongoing trade war, says financial and political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation to Reuters. ” It is likely that corruption is returning, which will undermine Chinese capital control measures.”

Trump focuses trade war on China – Arthur Kroeber

The new trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA)  excluded possible free-trade agreements between the three with China. Trump has its hands free to focus his trade war on China, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, at the South China Morning Post. 

Income tax reform: more spending or saving? – Sara Hsu

China has changed its income tax for the first time in seven years, beneficial for the lower income groups, and less for the high earner. Financial analyst Sara Hsu discusses the purpose: more spending might be a motive, but as aging and health care costs loom, many might opt for saving, she says at CGTN.

Tariffs will hit US consumers – Sara Hsu

The trade war between the US and China has up to now mainly hit headlines, nervous traders and heated political debates, but there is no doubt consumers will feel the burnt too, says financial analyst Sara Hsu to Reuters. Moving away from China is mostly not an option, she says. “It can take up to five years to move from China to another country.”