Category Archives: intelligence

China underdelivers on financially opening up – Sara Hsu

China promised to open up its financial industry under the pressure of the ongoing trade war. But the industry was not right away impressed: they had heard this song often enough. Financial analyst Sara Hsu looks at how China is keeping its promises this time and says the country is still underdelivering, she writes in China Focus.

Why facial recognition meets less resistance in China – Matthew Brennan

Facial recognition and the exchange of related data seems to meet little resistance in China, compared to Western consumers. Tencent observer Matthew Brennan sees some rubbles among the public, but indeed no big scale anxiety on facial recognition, he tells in Slate and dives into the different perceptions.

Discussing the “Last Secret”, 30 years after Tiananmen – Ian Johnson

Despite desperate efforts by the government to push the events of June 4, 1989, at Tiananmen Square into collective amnesia, new documents have shed light on the events. Journalist Ian Johnson reviews the latest publication, The Last Secret: The Final Documents from the June Fourth Crackdown, for the NY Review of Books, and summarize what we have been learning over the past 30 years.

Tit for tat: China’s retaliates with blacklisting in trade war – Harry Broadman

By blacklisting Huawei, the US started a new phase in the trade war, and China’s intention to blacklist US companies in retaliation does not really come as a surprise, says former US negotiator Harry Broadman to CNN Business.

China is more capitalist than California or Massachusetts – Jim Rogers

Renowned investor Jim Rogers tells how he saw China change over de past decades, and how US states like California or Massachusetts are now more communist than capitalist China, he tells at Stansberry Research.

What if rare earths enter the trade war – Arthur Kroeber

China has been checking its weaponry for the ongoing trade war and stopping the export of rare earths has been one of them. But China will have to be very selective in using this weapon, otherwise it might hurt itself more than the US, says economist Arthur Kroeber, according to CBS.

How China miscalculated Trump – Victor Shih

China’s leadership is still trying to figure out how to deal with US president Donald Trump. Making sense out of Trump has been harder than expected, says political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and¬†Finance in China.¬†in an extensive interview in the New Yorker.

Why Trump is blowing it – Tom Doctoroff

There seems very little doubt whether the complaints president US Donald Trump has about China’s trade practices hold ground. But China veteran Tom Doctoroff sees Trump using the wrong methods to correct the trade concerns, he writes at LinkedIn.

Retail: the mirror of China’s AI revolution – Ashley Dudarenok

China’s retailers, with Alibaba’s Hema at the helm, are leading the AI revolution in online and offline space. Consumer expert Ashley Dudarenok explains how AI, online and offline retail combine at a dazzling pace, at CFOinnovation.

China’s consumers are trading down – Shaun Rein

China’s consumers used to pay a premium to foreign products, because of the presumed quality and status connected to it. But those easy days for foreign brands are over, says business analyst Shaun Rein at the City Wireselect.