Category Archives: intelligence

Why China cannot miss Hong Kong – Victor Shih

Hong Kong might have lost much importance as a gateway to mainland China, for the financial markets Beijing still needs a stable Hong Kong, says financial analyst Victor Shih in NTD. The reason Chinese entities are borrowing through Hong Kong is that the financial institutions around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, legally treat Hong Kong as a separate entity, he said.

How services are neglected in the US-China trade war – Harry Broadman

Tarifs imposed in the US-China trade war focus on goods, but US politicians missed that most of the world trade consists of services, writes international trade expert Harry Broadman in the Gulf News. What has happened to Trump and his advisors over the past twenty years?

How SOSV became Asia’s no. 1 accelerator – William Bao Bean

VC William  Bao Bean explains at MOX in Taipei how his firm SOSV became the no.1 accelerator in Asia, globally investing in 150 startups every year in multiple verticals. 

The trade war will not be a game changer in China – Victor Shih

If some US politicians hope the trade war between China and the US might undermine Xi Jinping’s domestic power base, they are on the wrong track, says political analyst Victor Shih at US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearings at the US Congress, according to the South China Morning Post.

Why Chinese like their government – Kaiser Kuo

It’s the economy, stupid, says China commentator Kaiser Kuo in his masterclass for Quora. Journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow reviews his masterclass ” on contemporary Chinese politics, authoritarianism, liberalism and dissidence” for BoingBoing.

First Rome-approved bishop good news for Vatican – Ian Johnson

The first ordination of a bishop, Father Yao Shun, approved by the Pope and the central government is good news for the Vatican, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, to AFP. 

Taiwan: excellent launch path for pan-Asian ventures – William Bao Bean

Shanghai-based MOX (Mobile Only Accelerator) works from different places in the world, including Taipei. Taiwan offers an excellent launching platform for ventures who look for international expansion into the rest of Asia, says MOX managing director William Bao Bean, according to the News Lens.

How Twitter, Facebook removed China’s fake accounts – Victor Shih

In a remarkable move Twitter and Facebook removed this week China-based accounts spreading fake news on Hong Kong. Political analyst Victor Shih looks in Politico at the effect of this new policy against Russian-style fake news.

Foreign brands have to become more political savvy in dealing with China – Shaun Rein

Foreign brands got into hot water when describing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains at the BBC it is not only the government fanning the flames but increasingly nationalistic consumers who boycott foreign brands stepping on political toes.

Devaluation: no manipulation, just basic economics – Jim Rogers

China is not manipulating its currency, says trader Jim Roger. When your currency gets hit by massive tariffs it is basic economics your currency goes down, he says to RT….