Category Archives: politics

Liu He: supporter of Xi’s state-driven economic agenda – Arthur Kroeber

The appointment of Liu He as president Xi Jinping’s economic top man has started speculations on his political direction, including a restart of reforms. We should not expect Liu to divert too much from the state-driven economic agenda Xi has already set out in the past few years, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the New York Times.

The future of China’s millennials – Tom Doctoroff

A new generation is emerging to set their mark on China. Marketing veteran Tom Doctoroff looks at the relative newcomers, and how they differ from past generations, for state-owned TV station CGTN. “Post-90s are proudly patriotic, they want to see a strong China,” he says.

China’s presidency: why it matters – Ian Johnson

China’s presidency – now no longer a two-term function – is highly ceremonial, but still matters, writes journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao at the NY Review of Books. Xi Jinping was already lifetime leader of the Communist Party and of the Central Military Committee.

The real story behind the US trade war against China – Arthur Kroeber

The world was once again flabbergasted by the US trade measures since it did hurt designated trade enemy China less than potential US allies again China, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®. Behind those measures are efforts to design a whole new playbook, to change global economy, he tells both Livemint and Bloomberg.

Consumption experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

The Chinese government tries to shift its economy from investment-driven towards consumption, with considerable success. And the outside world is equally seeing the consumption power of the Chinese, as they travel more than ever, and spend per head more than tourists from any other country.

But tapping into that huge spending power is not always easy, and is driven by the often hard-to-predict habits of Chinese consumers, policies by the government and the powerful social media. Experts at the China Speakers Bureau are happy to give your efforts direction.

What is behind the Xi Jinping policies – Victor Shih

As China prepares for the second term of president Xi Jinping, the world wonders what is behind his acts. Political analyst Victor Shih, author Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation takes at the Guardian a helicopter view on Xi’s anti-corruption drive, his global aspirations and plans for the future.

Why China can afford to stay cool under Trump’s trade war threats – Arthur Kroeber

China has reacted pretty cool on the increased signals US president Donal Trump is heading for a trade war, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the Washington Post. While the traditional conflict-solving procedures at the WTO might not fit the tit-for-tat approach of a trade war, China can afford to keep its composure.

IT-giants replace real estate tycoons in policy building – Shaun Rein

A strong shift from real estate tycoons to IT-giants marks a shift at China’s economy in the ongoing political meetings in Beijing, says author Shaun Rein of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post. “China is picking five to 10 private technology companies to make them national champions.”

Fewer rich show up at China’s legislature – Rupert Hoogewerf

Coming weeks China’s lawmakers will flood Beijing for the country’s annual gathering of its law makers. Favorite past time or media: counting the rich. Although China gets weekly four new billionaires, both conference will see fewer rich, although their average wealth went up, says Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun who just released the 2018 Global Rich list, to AP.

Xi Jinping still has to deliver on reforms – Victor Shih

The first five years of president Xi Jinping’s rule saw many promises on financial and economic reforms. But he fell short on delivering on those promises, says financial and political analyst Victor Shih to Quartz.