Category Archives: politics

The trade war will not be a game changer in China – Victor Shih

If some US politicians hope the trade war between China and the US might undermine Xi Jinping’s domestic power base, they are on the wrong track, says political analyst Victor Shih at US-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearings at the US Congress, according to the South China Morning Post.

Why Chinese like their government – Kaiser Kuo

It’s the economy, stupid, says China commentator Kaiser Kuo in his masterclass for Quora. Journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow reviews his masterclass ” on contemporary Chinese politics, authoritarianism, liberalism and dissidence” for BoingBoing.

The trade war fallout – Victor Shih

The trade war damages both US and China’s economy, and global trade. Financial and political analyst Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego and author of the forthcoming “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability,” gives an overview of the damage in the Los Angeles Times.

Foreign brands have to become more political savvy in dealing with China – Shaun Rein

Foreign brands got into hot water when describing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains at the BBC it is not only the government fanning the flames but increasingly nationalistic consumers who boycott foreign brands stepping on political toes.

What if China runs out of US dollars? – Victor Shih

China has been saving much capital in US bonds and could use those resources to finance its debt and policies in the past. But what happens if China runs out of US dollars, asks political analyst Victor Shih in the New York Times.

Getting a trade deal that helps both sides might be impossible – Arthur Kroeber

Observers watch the proceedings at the G20 in Japan as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will try to hammer out a kind of trade deal. But getting a deal that makes both sides happy is virtually impossible, says economist Arthur Kroeber in the South China Morning Post.

Trump plays political games by accusing China banks to break North-Korea sanctions – Shaun Rein

US president Donald Trump fired another salvo in the trade war on the story three major Chinese banks participated in breaking the sanctions on North-Korea. A part of Trump’s political game, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post.

Reforms are key for China’s rise as a superpower – Sara Hsu

Reforms are key for China to perform in terms of economic growth and developing into a superpower, says financial analyst Sara Hsu to ABC. The Belt and Road Initiative offers great prospects for the future, but still has to prove it is working, she adds.

How China will benefit from the Korean Reunification – Jim Rogers

China will benefit greatly from the Korean reunification, argues investor Jim Rogers, as will North Korea. Many North-Koreans already live in China, and those will be important when political changes take place.

Panic among businesses grows fast – Ben Cavender

Uncertainty among China-based companies grows fast after the US blacklisted Huawei and others, and China threatens to hit back, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Panic would be an understatement.