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Why the trade talks help foreign companies in China only marginally – Mark Schaub

US President Donald Trump describes the upcoming deal between China and the US to end the trade war as “comprehensive”. China veteran Mark Schaub sees only marginal changes and certainly disagrees with a report in Bloomberg saying that most foreign companies can now work without joint ventures. Most companies can and do so since the 1980s, he tells at the BBC. And he assumes that in industries where foreign investments are tough, like publishing, telecom, and education, changes will not be sensational, he tells at the BBC.

Harry Broadman will visit Beijing end May

Renowned trade negotiator Harry Broadman will be visiting Beijing next month from 22 till 26 May. He is still having some time slots available to attend conferences and events during that short period.

Facial recognition: the new normal in China – Matthew Brennan

A short video clip of Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan went viral, as he noted facial recognition tools at China’s airports. Most reactions from outside China were rather negative, he notes at CGTN, but in China itself, facial recognition is becoming the new normal. More debate is certainly needed, he adds.

New optimism hits China’s economy – Ashley Dudarenok

China veteran Ashley Dudarenok notices an upswing in the mood about China’s economy, she tells in her daily vlog. Prospects for the trade agreement between China and the US look good. Financial reforms, including a reduction of the VAT is in the pipeline, and president Xi Jinping supports more than ever private companies. 

How Facebook is copying WeChat – Ashley Dudarenok

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has implicitly admitted he wants to learn from China’s WeChat. Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok sees here a pivotal moment where a leading US platform starts to…

Pacifying the Islam by force does not help – Ian Johnson

China is trying to pacify Islam by force, but is achieving the opposite of the stability it wants to secure, says Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China, to Foreign Policy. “By using more force to increase stability, the government is achieving the opposite effect.” 

How WeChat is turning to e-commerce – Matthew Brennan

Fighting Alibaba on e-commerce is a tough struggle, but Tencent’s WeChat is clearly delivering on improving its shopping environment, even when it does not beat Alibaba, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan to TechNode.

New rules for China’s cosmetics – Mark Schaub

China is overhauling its now 30-years old regulations for cosmetics, a fast-growing industry of now 260 billion Renminbi (euro 34 billion). The new rules remove some of the red tape, says lawyer Mark Schaub, but also gives the authorities more leverage over the industry, he writes at the China Law Insight.

How the new income tax will drive out expats – Paul Gillis

The reform of the income tax in China will drive many expats out of the country as it will kick in by 2021, as foreign and local taxpayers will fall under the same taxation rules, says financial expert Paul Gillis on his weblog. Especially the equal treatment for housing and education costs will become too costly for expats, or their companies.

Still room for premium retail in China – Ben Cavender

A glut in big cities and some high-profile failures like Mark&Spencer have raised doubts on the growth possibilities in China for premium retail brands. But there is still room for growth, if you pick your locations right, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily.

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