Category Archives: politics

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.

What Mr. Trump has been missing – Harry Broadman

As a former US negotiator Harry Broadman looks with shock at how US president Trump is using his tariffs to get his trade policies in place. For Forbes he describes what has been going wrong at the misinformed White House.

Why facial recognition meets less resistance in China – Matthew Brennan

Facial recognition and the exchange of related data seems to meet little resistance in China, compared to Western consumers. Tencent observer Matthew Brennan sees some rubbles among the public, but indeed no big scale anxiety on facial recognition, he tells in Slate and dives into the different perceptions.

Discussing the “Last Secret”, 30 years after Tiananmen – Ian Johnson

Despite desperate efforts by the government to push the events of June 4, 1989, at Tiananmen Square into collective amnesia, new documents have shed light on the events. Journalist Ian Johnson reviews the latest publication, The Last Secret: The Final Documents from the June Fourth Crackdown, for the NY Review of Books, and summarize what we have been learning over the past 30 years.