Category Archives: intelligence

China: a hub for money laundering – Sara Hsu

China is becoming a center point for money laundering activities from Latin America, writes the military magazine Dialogo. Financial expert Sara Hsu explains how those links could work out.

Unofficially, China is in a recession – Sara Hsu

Chinese media got orders to avoid bad news on the economy, but according to financial analyst Sara Hsu, signs indicate that China is unofficially in a recession. Spending has gone down despite encouragement from the government to spend more.

How Tencent moves into the cloud – Matthew Brennan

Tencent is moving its business model from mainly WeChat and B2C to the cloud. Tencent expert Matthew Brennan looks at the China Channel to the results he sees at the 2018 3Q results. It was the first time Tencent disclosed figures on their cloud activities.

Doubts rise on Single’s Day – Zhang Lijia

Internet giant Alibaba might have sold for close to 31 billion US dollar at China’s Single’s Day, but author Zhang Lijia notices also growing concern on the massive shopping festival, she tells Upm Pulp. Consumerism and environmental concerns emerge with the growing turnover.

The dubious quality of hotels in China – Shaun Rein

Videos of 5-star hotels in China showed unhygienic practices and went viral last week. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, did not see anything new here, apart from the Western media picking up the upheaval this time, he tells at the Bangkok Post.

Devaluation yuan pondered amid trade war exchanges – Victor Shih

China’s financial institutions ponder on the pros and cons of a currency devaluation as the effects of the trade war with the US start to kick in. While devaluation is on the agenda, it would be a tricky road, says financial analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, at CapitalWatch.

Trends in luxury travel – Rupert Hoogewerf

China’s luxury travelers are high on the agenda of the tourism industry, and Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun China Rich List, sees a few major trends. Family trips are emerging as a preference, and WeChat groups of alumni of key universities a forgotten way to connect to the luxury travelers, he tells in the South China Morning Post.

Just one idea is not good enough for a startup – William Bao Bean

Earning back the investment to gain China users for your internet startup is tough because of the high costs, says Shanghai-based investment guru William Bao Bean to travel website TTG. Just a brilliant idea is no longer enough, you need a suite of services to survive.

Blue-collar workers: a hidden force in consumption – Shaun Rein

Blue-collar workers in China have started to make a lot of money, but are mostly ignored as a force in domestic consumption, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to CGTN from Shanghai. The focus is on billionaires or youngsters, but the fast emerging wealthy blue-collar workers are forgotten, he argues.

China luxury consumers: it’s complicated – Ashley Dudarenok

The Euromonitor divided up China’s luxury consumers into five categories, to make life easier for marketers selling to them. Marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market: A Guide To Selling on Chinese Social Media, applauds the effort, but thinks the market in China is more complicated than that, she tells in the Jing Daily.