Category Archives: investments

Can the next generation take over Alibaba from Jack Ma? – Shaun Rein

Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma announced he will turn over the reins of his company to the next generation of executives next year. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, wonders if the new generation takes over Ma’s magic spell over staff, users and investors, he tells to Inkstone News. 

Trump wants US firms back from China – Arthur Kroeber

The focus has been on the Chinese government after US president Donald Trump announced new tariffs. But that might be wrong, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know to CNN. What Trump wants is not getting China into negotiations, but forcing US companies to come back to the US.

Why US firms cannot just leave China – Arthur Kroeber

The argument of the Trump administration is simple: if you want to avoid tariffs, leave China and come back to the US. That is too simple, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, at the Asia Times.

How Jack Ma changed China – William Bao Bean

Traditionally China’s youngsters wanted a job with the government, but Alibaba’s Jack Ma changed that perspective and starting a startup became the choice of many, says William Bao Bean, a Shanghai-based partner at venture capital firm SOS, one of the largest VC’s, to Bloomberg. How Jack Ma changed China.

How religion links to China’s outbound investments – Ian Johnson

Religion in China is on the rise, shows journalist Ian Johnson in his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. China’s outbound investments in the One Road, One Belt (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) program illustrate that change in China’s approach to religion, he says to Indepthnews.net

JD.com shareholders are getting nervous – Shaun Rein

While the criminal case for sexual harassment against JD.com CEO Richard Liu is still unclear, to say the least, its shareholders are getting nervous, says financial analyst Shaun Rein, and author of…

Fighting WeChat: a tough challenge – Matthew Brennan

Bullet Messenger profiled itself last week at a competitor of WeChat, and got a lot of interest, certainly from investors. But its mission might be very tough to achieve, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan at PYMNTS. “This is not a WeChat killer.”

Macau casino’s: a legitimate target in the trade war – Shaun Rein

Not only commodities like soybeans and caviar can be hit by tariffs in the ongoing trade war, China has many more potential targets, like the US casino’s in Macau, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at Onlinepoker.net.

One Belt, One Road: a debt trap? – Andy Mok

Western media have been portraying China’s massive investment program One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or Belt Road Initiative (BRI) as a colonial trick to put developing countries into debt, and then seize their assets. Business analyst Andy Mok sees debt problems as a normal business risk in highly complicated investments on infrastructure, he tells at the state-owned CGTN.

Mobile only: getting to the next 4 billion users – William Bao Bean

A market of four billion users is waiting to be tapped into and William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based SOSV, explains how his MOX is helping startups to do so. With a solid background in banking, telecom and the internet, William saw how mobile applications disrupted traditional industries, and offer new possibilities for companies to enter developing markets.