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Pinduoduo just a ‘flash in the pan’? – Shaun Rein

The successful IPO of Pinduoduo,  the third e-commerce platform in China after Alibaba and JD.com, took many by surprise. But it does not mean Pinduoduo will be equally successful in the future, warns business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at the South China Morning Post. Just days later, it was accused of hosting counterfeit goods.

Why China does not use its consumer power in the trade war, yet – Victor Shih

The developing trade war between China and the US focuses on tariffs for commodities, while China could hurt the US really nasty by deploying its consumer power by boycotting products, tourism and US-related education. Political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, explains in Bloomberg why China has not done so.

Trade war concerns might hamper China’s tech companies – Sara Hsu

Figuring out who might be hurt by the trade war between China and the US is still be tough, but tech companies like Alibaba and Tencent see their US ties as a liability, says financial expert Sara Hsu to Cheddar. “The trade spat between Washington and Beijing has not only quelled investors’ appetites, it has also discouraged Chinese tech giants from expanding internationally.”

Belt and Road: not all deals are solid – Arthur Kroeber

Concerns have been raised about the quality of the deals closed under the wide One Belt, One Road program. Economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, admits that some deals could be “wacky”, he tells the New York Times.“It certainly is a very capacious arena for opportunists, that’s for sure,” Mr. Kroeber added.

Too much capital hurts the quality of China startups – William Bao Bean

A massive inflow of capital for startups has a negative influence on the market in China, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelarator in US News. VC’s are under pressure to deliver to their shareholders, and that makes them less picking in selecting startups.

How Alibaba, Tencent destroy the VC market for startups – Shaun Rein

Venture capitalist firms have set the rules for investments in startups for a long time in China, but now Alibaba and Tencent moved into the industry, those rules have changed dramatically. And not for the better, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to US News.

What made Pinduoduo so big? – Ben Cavender

For many outside China the successful IPO on Nasdaq of group purchasing platform Pinduoduo, mildly comparable to the less successful Groupon, came as a surprise. Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender tries to explain the success at Inkstone. It uses the popular Tencent platforms WeChat and QQ.

China: best breeding ground for female entrepreneurs – Ashley Dudarenok

China entrepreneur Ashley Dudarenok looks back for Ted-X at role models in communist Russia that shaped her worldview. China is the best breeding ground for female entrepreneurs, she argues.

The vaccine scandal: China’s moral decline – Zhang Lijia

China’s latest scandal on the fake vaccine for hundreds of thousands of children is the latest example of a deep moral decline in the country, argues Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel, a research novel on prostitution in China, in the South China Morning Post. “I believe that the lack of a value system and a spiritual vacuum lay at the roots of China’s moral crisis.”

Why the tariffs are not here to stay – Shaun Rein

The trade war between the US and China has been heating up, but – says business analyst Shaun Rein and author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order – they are basically negotiation tools, not here to stay. Where Donald Trump is right, and where he is wrong, tells Rein in an interview at Marketplace.

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