Category Archives: investments

Xi Jinping’s China dream: a more assertive role – Ian Johnson

China’s leadership is gathering this week in Beijing to prepare another five-year plan, and affirm president Xi Jinping for another five-year term. Journalist Ian Johnson looks for the New York Times at the new role China is playing in the world. “His China could become a model for digitally driven authoritarianism around the world.”

One Belt, One Road: too big to succeed? – Sara Hsu

China’s close to one trillion US dollar investment program One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is facing serious pitfalls that could stop it from succeeding, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Huffington Post. Insufficient due diligence is just one of a range of potential barriers, she writes.

China’s rich control US$2.6 trillion – Rupert Hoogewerf

China’s growth might have reduced, and investing abroad more difficult, but China’s annual Hurun rich list has been growing faster than ever, says its chief researcher and founder Rupert Hoogewerf to the South China Morning Post. China’s rich now control US$2.6 trillion, he adds.

How Taiwan can become an economic tiger again – William Bao Bean

Taiwan used to be one of Asia’s economic tigers, but has a hard time to follow dynamic change of the past decade. VC-veteran William Bao Bean tells the Red Herring what the island can do to improve its startup culture and lure Taiwanese entrepreneurs back.

IT-investments: moving from solving basic problems to AI – William Bao Bean

A major shift is taking place in financial IT investments, tells William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator at CNBC. In the past 15 years VC’s helped to solve basic problems, he says. That’s done and we move now to AI.

Why so many financial scams are emerging – Victor Shih

Financial scams are emerging in China on an epidemic scale. Rising costs of living have enticed many to join these scams, says Victor Shih, associate professor in political economy and China expert at the University of California San Diego to the BBC. Local government did not step in.

China needs revised traffic laws to push self-driving cars – Mark Schaub

When Baidu CEO Robin Li was arrested by Beijing police for sitting in a self-driving car, it was obvious the country needed an update of its traffic laws, just like the US, Australia and several European countries did have. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub gives at his firm’s website an overview of what is needed to support the development of self-driving cars, including testing on public roads and setting standards.

Outbound deals: small is beautiful – Ben Cavender

China’s financial authorities are cracking down on outbound deals, but not all deals are off-limits, says business analyst Ben Cavender. Especially smaller deals seem to avoid political scrutiny, he tells CNBC.

Bike sharing: catching on – Paul Gillis

Bike sharing has met mixed reactions in China, including Beida professor Paul Gillis, who wondered earlier this year whether the investments made business sense, while they are already expanding internationally. The business case still has to be proven, Paul Gillis now admits on North Carolina Public Radio, bike sharing has changed his urban life for the better.

More state control over the economy – Arthur Kroeber

As China’s autumn meeting on decisions for the next five year looms, private capital has clearly brought to heel and is deployed to support the state economy, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the South China Morning Post. “State enterprises are guaranteed a “dominant” role in the economy,” Kroeber said