Category Archives: politics

China’s draft foreign investment law promises a more open economy – Mark Schaub

Equal treatment for foreign companies and a more open economy are just two of the positive issues China new foreign investment law offers, writes China veteran and lawyer Mark Schaub at the China Law Insight. The draft will be debated in the upcoming parliamentary conferences and includes a few interesting twists, including a revival of the VIEs (Variable Interest Entities)

The sequel: the collapse of the communist party – Kaiser Kuo

No China story has been as persistent as the one of the collapses of the communist party. China veteran Kaiser Kuo gives an overview of the historical events when the party was under threat, and survived despite those predictions, for SupChina.

Raising a voice inside the Party, Li Rui – Ian Johnson

Going against the dominant line of the communist party seldom ends well. One of the exceptions was Li Rui, a confidant of Mao Zedong, tells journalist Ian Johnson in Li’s obituary for the New York Times. He fought against the Three-Gorges Dam, and most recently against the position of Xi Jinping, while he remained a member of the party he often criticized.

How China manages its growing bad loans – Sara Hsu

China’s bad loans are increasing, but the country’s financial authorities have been trying to crack down on this source of financial stability. How are those efforts faring now China is suffering from a relative drop in economic growth. Financial analyst Sara Hsu discusses the dilemma’s the authorities are facing especially now the trade war is ongoing.

Why China and the US will remain at loggerheads – Arthur Kroeber

Even when China and the US will reach a kind of trade agreement, both countries have such different ideologies, solving hostilities will be a matter of the long haul, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know to the Atlantic. “Xi has clearly nailed his colors to the mast of a much more state-directed economy,” said Kroeber. 

Hainan: visa for talents – William Bao Bean

Bureaucratic rules have hampered China’s access to international talents, for example because of troublesome rules on visas for experts. But Hainan is going to do this better, says innovation expert and managing director of the Chinaccelarator in Shanghai William Bao Bean to the South China Morning Post.

Xi’s road for China to become a global power – Arthur Kroeber

President Xi Jinping is effectively replacing former leader Deng Xiaoping as the thought leader of China’s development, and he is well on his road to set the road for the country as a global power, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, at Bloomberg.

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.