Category Archives: government

Foreign investment law not the feared VIE-killer – Mark Schaub

For years the business community feared China’s central government would kill the so-called VIE’s (variable-interest entity). The tool to circumvent the country’s strict ownership regulations was never endorsed by the government but has also never been in serious trouble, tells China veteran and lawyer Mark Schaub to Bloomberg. The ban even did not show up in the draft foreign investment law, last week.

China does not need to kill the VIE’s anymore – Paul Gillis

The new foreign investment law is no longer mentioning the ban on VIE’s like an earlier edition did in 2015. The tool to circumvent Chinese regulations by channeling investments through…

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.

China women lack leverage in both politics and salaries – Zhang Lijia

Women in China might be regaining some tracking in the economy, they are still lacking political leverage and earn on average less than men, says author Zhang Lijia at Wion. “According to Zhang, if China wants to improve the lives of women, it will first need to accord them equal status in society and politics.”

How four US constituencies look differently at China – Arthur Kroeber

As the formal trade war might be heading to an end game, four US constituencies have different views on how to deal with China, even after the trade war ends, explains economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® at a meeting of the Asia Society.

China’s draft foreign investment law promises a more open economy – Mark Schaub

Equal treatment for foreign companies and a more open economy are just two of the positive issues China new foreign investment law offers, writes China veteran and lawyer Mark Schaub at the China Law Insight. The draft will be debated in the upcoming parliamentary conferences and includes a few interesting twists, including a revival of the VIEs (Variable Interest Entities)

The Alstom-Siemens merger does not stop competition from China – Harry Broadman

The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager banned the merger of European rail giants. They presented the merger as the way to stop competition from China. China expert Harry Broadman commends Vestager for her much debated ban as, Broadman argues, size is not the way to fight Chinese companies. Innovation is, he writes in Gulf News.

The US wants China to stop running their economy as they do – Arthur Kroeber

The trade negotiations between China and the US might be in their endgame, but the differences are still huge. The US wants China to stop running their economy as they have always done, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, to the Asia Society blog.

Why a currency deal might be bad for China – Arthur Kroeber

China is pondering to throw in a currency deal in its trade negotiations with the US, maintaining the value of the Renminbi, to pacify the doves in the White House. But that might be a wrong idea, say analysts like economist Arthur Kroeber, who point at Japan. Japan agreed to a currency deal in 1985 as has paid for it dearly, writes the South China Morning Post.

P2P boom has ended and will consolidate more – Sara Hsu

P2P lending used to be one of the darlings of the financial industry in China, but those days are over, describes financial analyst Sara Hsu in a thorough overview of the developments at SupChina. More consolidation of the industry is expected, she adds.