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How China becomes a global leader in AI and driverless cars – Mark Greeven

China’s high-tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi and Baidu are pushing the country to become a global leader by developing new business models, says Zhejiang University professor Mark Greeven, author of Business Ecosystems in China: Alibaba and Competing Baidu, Tencent, Xiaomi and LeEco to the South China Morning Post.

Dilemma’s for brands when coming to China – Ben Cavender

Victoria Secret’s high-profile problems with authorities in Shanghai were not the first when big brands try to organize events in China, nor will they be the last. Brands are simply not aware enough of politically or morally sensitive issues, different from their home market, says branding experts Ben Cavender to Reuters.

Why it is good to be an author in China – Zhang Lijia

While most of the media stress government control on journalists and authors, Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, sees huge advantages too, she tells the blog Women and Gender in China (WAGIC). “Internationally Chinese women writers are almost invisible. This is another reason that I want to keep writing.”

More control and more openness: China conundrum – Victor Shih

China’s economy is more and more controlled by the state, but the country is also pledging more openness. Political analyst Victor Shih looks at CNBC whether China can deal with this conundrum, or not. China’s agenda and ambitions are clear, but now how they might work out, he says.

Is Alibaba cooking the Single’s Day books? – Paul Gillis

China’s e-commerce giant booked another record during its Single’s Day in 2017. But what figures is the company actually reporting? Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis dives into the figures at his Chinaaccountingblog.

Is the China-US tension inevitable? – Shaun Rein

That is one of the key questions Shaun Rein asks in his upcoming book The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order. On his LinkedIn page he invites you to discuss that important questions. Some of the participants might win a digital copy of the book.

Why works the sharing economy in China? – Jeffrey Towson

Huge usage of mobile phones, popular internet payment systems and 1.4 billion users are some of the elements that explain why the sharing economy in China is doing so well, says Jeffrey Towson, investment professor at the Peking University at the TV program China Matters.

Multinationals: losing to local brands – Shaun Rein

Multinationals are increasingly losing markets to local competitors, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to Bloomberg, and founder of the China Market Research Group. “Multinationals underestimated local competition,” said Shaun Rein.

The real force behind the sharing economy – Jeffrey Towson

The winner among the sharing companies is not the one who sells most rides, but the one who is best in collecting smart data, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson to the New York Times. “The fight is no longer over who has the biggest fleet,” Towson says, “but who has the smartest fleet.”

The golden rules of marketing in China – Tom Doctoroff

Brand expert, Prophet senior partner and ex-JWT veteran Tom Doctoroff unveiled “three golden rules for marketing in China” at Mumbrella360 Asia.  Doctoroff said brands need to understand the Confucian “tension” between climbing social hierarchy and protecting oneself from social or economic failure.

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