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Ben Cavender

Unlikely: Apple giving access to China – Ben Cavender

State media hailed a deal between Apple and the Chinese government to give access to Apple devices, including the source codes. An unlikely scenario, tells business analyst Ben Cavender to QZ.

Mark Schaub

New foreign investment law: long overdue – Mark Schaub/Xu Ping

The draft foreign investment law (FIL) is replacing the regulations from 1979. China has changed, and so a major overhaul of the law is long overdue, write lawyers Mark Schaub and Xu Ping in China Law Insight. They give an overview of the shortcomings of the current law, and the new features of the FIL. And it might only be the beginning.

Paul Gillis

Winners and losers at the new foreign investment law – Paul Gillis

The proposed law for foreign investments is up for discussion, and offshore VIE companies controlled by Chinese would be treated as domestic companies, legalizing current practices. Accounting professor Paul Gillis lists the winners and losers of the proposed law on his weblog.

Shaun Rein

Why low-income consumers are hot – Shaun Rein

Much on the consumer debate in China focuses on the high-income buyers. Time to change that, says retail analyst Shaun Rein, and author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. Spending power of low-income consumers is going up fast, he tells KTUU.

Wei Gu

Retail targets outlets for growth in China – Wei Gu

China has a glut in shopping malls, but outlets are only starting to gain steam. WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Sebastian Skiff of CBRE, a real estate consultancy, on what is needed for successful outlets, and why only a limited number might work.

Paul Gillis

Now China needs an audit regulator – Paul Gillis

The Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) will in 2015 drastically change the way how IPO´s take place in China. The government will step back, leaving decision making to the market. To facilitate that change, China needs an audit regulator, writes accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog.

Sara Hsu

Chances along China´s new silk road – Sara Hsu

Massive investments along the planned new silk road, and planned new economic zones, might offer cities in poorer provinces like Xinjiang and Yunnan great opportunities to develop, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.

Wendell Minnick

New spy games between China and Taiwan – Wendell Minnick

Officially China and Taiwan are still at war, although hostilities are mostly verbal. Until Taiwan arrested an alleged spy from China this month, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

Paul Gillis

China might end VIE-structures, at last – Paul Gillis

The Cayman Islands and other offshore havens have been used by domestic and foreign companies to circumvent murky Chinese regulations, the VIE´s, in jargon. Accounting professor Paul Gillis has fighting against this practice, and see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Sara Hsu

Strains in China´s property market – Sara Hsu

Smaller developers are the first ones to feel the contraction of China´s real estate market, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. The US$23 million default of the Kaisa group might only be the beginning or more trouble.