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WeChat: the new normal for 900 million users – Matthew Brennan

WeChat, Tencent’s mobile platform, is now reaching 900 million users in China, and in four year time it has become an indispensable tool for anybody living in the country, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan at InTheBlack. “WeChat is not a social media. Think of it as an operating system for your life in China’,” says Brennan.

China is not a pushover like Japan in the 1980s – Arthur Kroeber

China as a country is much stronger than Japan was when it got into a trade war with the US in the 1980s, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®. Unlike Japan, China will not give in to any demands from the US, especially when those demands are hard to guess, he tells the Hellenic Shipping News.

How did the auditors deal with the ZTE scandal? – Paul Gillis

ZTE got itself into trouble by violating a ban on using American components for products it exported to Iran and North-Korea. The punishment – no US components for ZTE for seven years – might kill the Chinese company, who cannot work without them. What did the auditors do, wonders Beida auditing professor Paul Gillis on his weblog.

Women benefited less than men from China’s progress – Zhang Lijia

China’s economy went uphill dramatically over the past decades, but women profited less than men, writes author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel, on prostitution in China. It is time the government starts to enforce its own laws and regulations on gender discrimination, she tells in the South China Morning Post. 

Tension will move to non-trade areas – Arthur Kroeber

The US is moving from a trade war on commodities towards tech firms like ZTE and Huawei, trying to get a foothold with for example 5G into the US, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® in the Nikkei Asian Review. “I think there probably is a desire to try and do what can be done to retard the progress of the Chinese firms in that.”

The race for technical leadership – Arthur Kroeber

The trade war, triggered off by US president Donald Trump, is about much more than trading commodities. The real struggle is about technical leadership between China and the US, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to the Los Angeles Times.

Jack Ma, do not leave women behind – Zhang Lijia

Gender discrimination is commonplace in China, out of line with international agreements and practices. Author Zhang Lijia asks Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma, and other tech companies like Tencent, and the government, to end rampant discrimination against women on the work floor, for the New York Times.

Social commerce: leading for sales in China – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers love to follow their friends’ recommendations for buying, and with a mobile at hand, social commerce has become a leading force, says business analyst Shaun Rein and author of…

State firms move in where private investments fail abroad – Shaun Rein

State moloch CITIC moved in to pick up 49% of Czech assets from CEFC Europe, owned by tycoon Ye Jianming. It is part of a trend, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post, as state firms are easier to control by China’s central government and expand its policies abroad.

Employment rates: improved but still a political tool – Arthur Kroeber

China has greatly improved its unemployment statistics, compared to the past, but they still do not give the real picture, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, to the South China Morning Post.  State intervention would still be a factor, he said.

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