Category Archives: government

China’s grim trade outlook for 2019 – Sara Hsu

2019 does not look good for China’s economy, says financial analyst Sara Hsu, as the effects on import and export of the trade war kick in, and China was experiencing a slowdown already before the trade war started. In the US specific industries are hard hit, like automotive, agriculture and tech, she adds.

Trade deal likely, but no peace between US and China – Arthur Kroeber

There are strong political incentives to reach a trade deal between the US and China, but that does certainly not mean that hostilities between both countries are over, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, in an overview of his expectations for 2019. 

China can still step back from repressing religion – Ian Johnson

China’s central government has been cracking down on both Protestantism and the Islam over the past year. The direct future looks grim, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao at Foreign Affairs in an addition to a piece he wrote two years ago. The government can still go back to its pragmatic take on religion, but Johnson is not sure it will.

2019: not just your average trade war

US president Donald Trump might think he is just fighting a trade war, but for China’s president Xi Jinping this is going much further, says political analyst Shaun Rein to CBS news. It can be the beginning of a new Cold War or worse, he says.

Religion: a double-edged sword for the government – Ian Johnson

The Chinese government has raided a few popular underground churches, illustrating how it sees religion as a double-edged sword, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, at NPR.

How Google lost China – Kaiser Kuo

Google’s effort to enter China’s censored search market has failed a second time, first in China itself, now because of opposition in the US and Google staff. Former communication director Kaiser Kuo at China’s leading search engine Baidu looks back at how the internet company failed at its first move back in 2006, for the MIT Technology Review.

How Protestants and Roman-Catholics get a different treatment – Ian Johnson

Islam has been high on the hitlist of the central government, but Christian faiths seem to get a different treatment. journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, dives for the Independent into the differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

Xi Jinping ends the Deng Xiaoping reform era – Arthur Kroeber

China’s former leader Deng Xiaoping has been celebrated as the architect of the country’s economic reform. Current president Xi Jinping is no longer following Deng’s track, but defines his own state-dominated economy, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, to Bloomberg.

What to expect in China’s fintech industry? – Sara Hsu

Financial authorities have been cracking down on protest caused by financial scandals, especially in P2P lending. Financial analyst  Sara Hsu looks at her weblog at the expectations for China’s fintech industry in the near future during a slowing economy.

China’s religious revolution is not over – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, did spend much time with pastor Wang Yi and his Early Rain Covenant Church during his research of his book. Now the government is cracking down, it means a drastic change of attitude by the authorities, but Johnson does not expect the religious revolution in China is over, he writes on his website.