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WeChat: still expanding, despite its dominance – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat and its mini-programs are still very much in the expansion mode, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan, even though two out of three Chinese use the tool, he tells the Asia Nikkei Review.

Can Costco succeed where other foreign competitors gave up? – Ashley Dudarenok

US discount retailer Costco made a blast this week in Shanghai with the opening of their first flagship store. Can it succeed where Carrefour, Amazon, Tesco, and others give in to domestic and online competition, wonders branding expert Ashley Dudarenok.

First Rome-approved bishop good news for Vatican – Ian Johnson

The first ordination of a bishop, Father Yao Shun, approved by the Pope and the central government is good news for the Vatican, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, to AFP. 

Costco looks to China consumers for trade war support – Sara Hsu

The US discount retailer Costco made a blast when it opened its first flagship store in China this week. Business analyst Sara Hsu see it as a way to keep costs down when tariffs go up during the ongoing trade war, she tells the Vancouver Star. Solid sales to Chinese consumers could keep costs in check for US consumers too. If they succeed in China.

Taiwan: excellent launch path for pan-Asian ventures – William Bao Bean

Shanghai-based MOX (Mobile Only Accelerator) works from different places in the world, including Taipei. Taiwan offers an excellent launching platform for ventures who look for international expansion into the rest of Asia, says MOX managing director William Bao Bean, according to the News Lens.

Trump did not convince the Chinese – Arthur Kroeber

One year into the trade war, China’s negotiators have not been convinced US President Donald Trump is having the upper hand, says economist Arthur Kroeber to the Washington Post.

How Twitter, Facebook removed China’s fake accounts – Victor Shih

In a remarkable move Twitter and Facebook removed this week China-based accounts spreading fake news on Hong Kong. Political analyst Victor Shih looks in Politico at the effect of this new policy against Russian-style fake news.

More needed to stop child abuse – Zhang Lijia

Sexual child abuse, especially those left behind by their migrant parents, needs more attention, writes author Zhang Lijia, who wrote a bestseller on prostitution in China in the South China Morning. She applauds actions taken by the Supreme People’s Court of China but sees it only as a start.

The trade war fallout – Victor Shih

The trade war damages both US and China’s economy, and global trade. Financial and political analyst Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego and author of the forthcoming “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability,” gives an overview of the damage in the Los Angeles Times.

Foreign brands have to become more political savvy in dealing with China – Shaun Rein

Foreign brands got into hot water when describing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains at the BBC it is not only the government fanning the flames but increasingly nationalistic consumers who boycott foreign brands stepping on political toes.

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