Category Archives: politics

Tariff cut needed to boost luxury sales – Shaun Rein

Chinese have spent last year 13 billion US dollar on luxury goods, but only 40 percent in China itself, says Shaun Rein in CNBC. Because of the high tariffs luxury goods, including cars, are 20-30 percent more expensive on the mainland. “They are shooting themselves in the foot.”

Inflation undermines consumer confidence – Arthur Kroeber

Arthur Kroeber by Fantake via Flickr China’s government is placing its bets on increasing domestic spending by consumers, tells Arther Kroeber in The Guardian. But the inflation seems to be…

Inflation: China’s nightmare – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein by Fantake via Flickr Shaun Rein addresses at CNBC China’s largest nightmare, inflation, as real estate prices and wages go up. But he remains optimistic about the country’s…

Can China deliver on its five-year plan? – Helen Wang

Helen Wang Increased domestic consumption and sustainable growth are key in the country’s new five-year plan. But can it deliver on two critical issues, beating inflation and affordable housing, author…

What America can learn from China – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein by Fantake via Flickr America should not give in on its core values like its democracy, writes Shaun Rein in Forbes, but it can most certainly learn a…

Xi Jinping: the compromise candidate – Victor Shih

Xi Jinping via Wikipedia After the elevation of Xi Jinping, son of the┬árevolutionary┬áhero Xi Zhongxun, into China’s military comite, analysts try to find out what his agenda is. That is…

US companies oppose rise of the Renminbi – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein by Fantake via Flickr US congress and other political bigwigs might be pushing China to appreciate its currency, but Shaun Rein asked US companies, and they see their…

Next 5-year plan: a leaner and greener economy – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein by Fantake via Flickr China’s economy is going to be much leaner and greener, says Shaun Rein in CNBC, as the plans for the 12th five-year plan have…

Immelt, China has its own interests – Paul Denlinger

Business analyst Paul Denlinger only falls short of making fun of GE‘s CEO Jeff Immelt at his weblog ChinaVortex that China is pursuing its own interests, when dealing with the…

Johnson, Ian

Writer focusing on civil society, culture and religion. Awarded with a Pulitzer prize, Ian Johnson worked for twelve years for the Wall Street Journal as feature writer and bureau chief. He is now a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and National Geographic. He travels from Beijing and Berlin.