Category Archives: investments

Why China wants to rebuild Syria – Sara Hsu

Rebuilding war-torn Syria might cost around US$250 billion and China raised its hand to participate. Financial analyst Sara Hsu figures out what it behind that offer, while the rest of the world tries to steer clear from Syria, for Triple Crisis. China sees some clear interests, she writes.

State firms move in where private investments fail abroad – Shaun Rein

State moloch CITIC moved in to pick up 49% of Czech assets from CEFC Europe, owned by tycoon Ye Jianming. It is part of a trend, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post, as state firms are easier to control by China’s central government and expand its policies abroad.

The global implications of the China-Afrika engagement – Howard French

What are the global implications of the growing China-Afrika engagement, journalist Howard French, author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power wonders at the Delaware State University on April 12, 2018.

Nutrition additions: room to grow in China – Ben Cavender

The recent US$ 620 million purchase of Australian vitamin company Nature’s Care by Chinese investors made other firms in the industry wonder what their chances are for a similar deal. “There is a lot of room for growth in China,” says business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters.

The Boao forum: a stepping stone in China’s global policies – Shaun Rein

The ongoing Boao Forum in Hainan never attracted as much attention as this year, as China’s global aspirations expand, and US president Donald Trump is heading for a trade war, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

Running an international operation from Shanghai – William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based Chinaccelarator, tells about his busy week, trying to help foreign startups to enter China and helping Chinese companies to go global. The main problem of his international operation? “You never have a holiday.”

Mixed chances for a political backlash against US companies – Ben Cavender

The trade war between China and the US is heating up, raising fears for a political backlash against US firms in China. Business analyst Ben Cavender feels it will vary very much according to the position of companies in China, he tells Reuters.

How KPMG Hong Kong got itself into serious problems – Paul Gillis

Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis describes on his weblog how auditor KPMG Hong Kong got itself into trouble for signing off papers on China Medical, a company convicted in 2012 for looting US$400 million from its investors. Problem: KPMG Hong Kong was not really in charge and now the Hong Kong legal system caught up with this omission.

China’s international deals shrank in 2017 – Rupert Hoogewerf

Overseas mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies went down in value over 2017, says a report by Hurun. Especially the real estate and energy industries went down, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf to Global Times. Retail, technology and manufacturing did relatively well.

China’s carefully measured response to Trump’s trade war – Arthur Kroeber

Unlike the bully-like approach of Donald Trump, China has sent a carefully calibrated messages, trying to avoid a devastating trade war, says renowned economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the South China Morning Post and the Washington Post. China has more cards up its sleeves, he suggests.