Category Archives: politics

China’s grim trade outlook for 2019 – Sara Hsu

2019 does not look good for China’s economy, says financial analyst Sara Hsu, as the effects on import and export of the trade war kick in, and China was experiencing a slowdown already before the trade war started. In the US specific industries are hard hit, like automotive, agriculture and tech, she adds.

Trade deal likely, but no peace between US and China – Arthur Kroeber

There are strong political incentives to reach a trade deal between the US and China, but that does certainly not mean that hostilities between both countries are over, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, in an overview of his expectations for 2019. 

What happens to the trade war after March 1 – Arthur Kroeber

On March 1 the 90-day truce in the trade war between the US and China expires. Leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, expects a deal is possible, but that certainly does not mean the end of all hostilities, he tells Barron’s.

How Apple suffers from China’s downturn – Shaun Rein

Apple was already losing ground to domestic mobile phone makers, but the economic downturn and patriotism towards Huawei will make the US giant even more vulnerable, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the BBC.

Religion: a double-edged sword for the government – Ian Johnson

The Chinese government has raided a few popular underground churches, illustrating how it sees religion as a double-edged sword, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, at NPR.

How Protestants and Roman-Catholics get a different treatment – Ian Johnson

Islam has been high on the hitlist of the central government, but Christian faiths seem to get a different treatment. journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, dives for the Independent into the differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

Xi Jinping ends the Deng Xiaoping reform era – Arthur Kroeber

China’s former leader Deng Xiaoping has been celebrated as the architect of the country’s economic reform. Current president Xi Jinping is no longer following Deng’s track, but defines his own state-dominated economy, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, to Bloomberg.

China’s religious revolution is not over – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, did spend much time with pastor Wang Yi and his Early Rain Covenant Church during his research of his book. Now the government is cracking down, it means a drastic change of attitude by the authorities, but Johnson does not expect the religious revolution in China is over, he writes on his website.

Jim Rogers joins Korean resort operator as director

Renowned investor Jim Rogers has been proposed as an independent director at the South-Korean resort operator  Ananti, anticipating a future opening up of North Korea. South-Korean media have been cheering after the proposal was announced, and its shares soared. 

My take on the Chengdu arrest of 100 protestants and their pastor – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, looks at the arrest of 100 participants of the Early Rain Covenant Church and their pastor, Wang Yi, this weekend. Johnson did spend over a year with the underground church and wrote this fast overview for the New York Times.