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Religion: back in China’s center of politics and society – Ian Johnson

Most Western media reports focus on the oppression of religion in China, and miss one of the most important developments in the country when it comes to religion, argues journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the China Zentrum. “Faith and values are returning to the center of a national discussion over how to organize Chinese life.”

How Jack Ma changed China – William Bao Bean

Traditionally China’s youngsters wanted a job with the government, but Alibaba’s Jack Ma changed that perspective and starting a startup became the choice of many, says William Bao Bean, a Shanghai-based partner at venture capital firm SOS, one of the largest VC’s, to Bloomberg. How Jack Ma changed China.

How Jack Ma smartly plans his succession – Shaun Rein

Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma has unveiled his eagerly awaited succession plan, including a transfer of power to the current CEO Daniel Zhang. A very smart move, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Jack Ma’s retirement plan: a unique step – Rupert Hoogewerf

Chairman Jack Ma of Alibaba has been one of his kind in developing his company, and his retirement plan is no different, says Rupert Hoogewerf, the Shanghai-based founder of the Hurun Report, publisher of the China Rich List to the US News. “There’s only Bill Gates who has done the same.”

How religion links to China’s outbound investments – Ian Johnson

Religion in China is on the rise, shows journalist Ian Johnson in his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. China’s outbound investments in the One Road, One Belt (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) program illustrate that change in China’s approach to religion, he says to Indepthnews.net

JD.com shareholders are getting nervous – Shaun Rein

While the criminal case for sexual harassment against JD.com CEO Richard Liu is still unclear, to say the least, its shareholders are getting nervous, says financial analyst Shaun Rein, and author of…

Personal branding: how to become a thought leader in social media – Ashley Dudarenok

China-vlogger Ashley Dudarenok explains at Malaysian TV how China changed her, and how she developed into a personal brand, working at social media. And of course: Much about the new retail, e-commerce and developing opportunities in China.

Fighting WeChat: a tough challenge – Matthew Brennan

Bullet Messenger profiled itself last week at a competitor of WeChat, and got a lot of interest, certainly from investors. But its mission might be very tough to achieve, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan at PYMNTS. “This is not a WeChat killer.”

Prices luxury goods in China rise – Rupert Hoogewerf

The luxury consumer price index (CPI) went up 4.1% in the first five months of 2018, the highest rise since 2012, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of the Hurun Report, according to the Global Times. 

Behind the success of Douyin (Tik Tok) – Ashley Dudarenok

E-commerce platform Douyin or Tik Tok has added new functions for both users and brands, explains e-commerce expert Ashley Dudarenok at AskleyTalks. Users can link up directly to Taobao, making it tighter linked to e-commerce leaders. And brands can get their verified accounts, more data on their visitors and more other insights.

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