Category Archives: intelligence

Local VC’s got hit by another China winter – William Bao Bean

China’s economic slowdown has mainly hit local VC’s, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator, at OZY.com. A government crackdown on risky investments and the fallout from the trade war is hitting the industry after the 2017-2018 boom.

How does Alipay works for foreign tourists? – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok is enthusiastic about the announcement of Alipay to open up for tourists visiting China, followed shortly by a similar move by WeChat. On her vlog, she explains how visitors without a Chinese bank account can now use Aliba. Details on WeChat were not yet known at the moment of recording.

State-owned companies get too many loans – Arthur Kroeber

Private companies have a hard time getting bank loans, says economist Arthur Kroeber to Barron’s. But that is nothing new, he adds, the problem is that state-owned companies get loans too easy. That division is more important than the level of China’s debts, he adds. “Too much attention has been paid to the debt problem.”

How to launch your product at Zhihu – Ashley Dudarenok

Zhihu, China’s popular Q&A site comparable to Quora, can be a good place to launch your product, says China marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok at the Jing Daily. But the content-driven platform needs – not surprisingly – also a content-driven strategy, she explains.

Boardrooms have to shape up to face the fallout of the trade war – Harry Broadman

International trade veteran Harry Broadman discusses how the world’s boardrooms have to shape up to deal with the fallout of the trade war and global tumult hitting companies and countries.

Debunking China myths in Africa – Howard French

Many stories about China and the Chinese in Africa are simply myths, says journalist and author Howard French, of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa. He┬ádiscusses how Chinese entrepreneurs ended up in Africa. “There was no big masterplan by the Chinese state to do so,” he says at The Columbia Global Centers in Nairobi.

Shirley Ze Yu joins China Speakers Bureau

The China Speakers Bureau is happy to announce that Dr. Shirley Ze Yu has decided to join the China Speakers Bureau. She is currently visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics.

Why global companies should fear the trade war – Arthur Kroeber

US companies make US$544 billion in annual revenue in China, much more than the US exports to China, warns economist Arthur Kroeber at Barrons. Global companies will feel the heat.

China’s consumers pick pork over iPhones – Victor Shih

China’s consumers are changing because of the trade war and food-driven inflation, says China expert Victor Shih at the Investor Place. They will pick pork over iPhones, he says, with a drastic impact on the stock markets.

The threat of decoupling the economies of China and the US – Harry Broadman

The US administration is trying to decouple its economy from China’s. And while there might be some arguments in favor of that position, the treat of decoupling for the world economy is huge, says international trade expert Harry Broadman in Forbes (here in pdf-format). Down the line, the US and global economies will be worse off, he warns.