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Ben Cavender

Why Sony and Wanda can make good partners – Ben Cavender

The surprise alliance between makes perfect sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Sony gets more access to the huge Chinese movie market, and Wanda to Hollywood. And we might expect more tie-up between Chinese companies and global players.

Victor Shih

Tax payer will suffer from government adventures as VC – Victor Shih

China´s State Council, the state´s highest administrative body, has encouraged government agencies to act more as venture capitalists, it announced on Tuesday. A receipcy for disaster, says financial and political expert Victor Shih to Bloomberg, where the tax payers have to suffer from inavoidable disasters.

Ben Cavender

How Samsung pissed off its Chinese users – Ben Cavender

Samsung had a loyal group of users in China, but its way of dealing with the latest security scare has shocked their loyal follower, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to AP. Samsung did not recall its Note 7, despite possible igniting batteries, and recalls in the rest of the world.

Shaun Rein to be based at US east coast in July

Why Canada (and others) should help catch corrupt officials – Shaun Rein

China has been claiming huge success in their “fox hunt”, an effort to retrive corrupt officials who fled abroad to escape prosecution. Canada was a main safe haven for them. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in the Globe&Mail why helping China is a good idea, despite misgivings about the country´s judicial system.

Rupert Hoogewerf

Taobao China´s most valuable brand – Rupert Hoogewerf

Taobao, Alibaba´s ecommerce platform, has become the country´s most valuable brand, beating China Mobile and Baidu, says Hurun´s lastest report. Hurun´s chairman Rupert Hoogewerf tells the South China Morning Post, he expects the value of the brand to rise even more.

Paul Gillis

Mobike: great service, but no viable business model – Paul Gillis

Emerging startup Shanghai Mobike expanded to Beijing, to the delight of its citizens. But while accounting professor Paul Gillis likes and uses their service, he does not see how this VC-financed operation is going to make any money, yet, he writes at this weblog.

Ben Cavender

The consolidation of China´s fashion labels – Ben Cavender

The world looked with surprise when Nanjing dress-maker V-Grass Fashion bought South-Korean Teenie Weenie for double its own market value. But moving ahead in such a drastic way, seems to be the only way forward for China´s fragmented apparel market, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.

Andy Mok

Tencent´s cannibalistic culture – Andy Mok

Tencent’s culture is like a shark womb, tells innovation expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg. Since the internet giant became China´s largest company in market cap, interest in what makes the company tick has been growing.

William Bao Bean

The end of the cable – William Bao Bean

Light can transport data in higher volumes and speed than the current cable systems, shows an experimental setup at Shanghai´s Fudan University in the documentary “Smart China” at Discovery Channel. It documents how the massive data exchange at food chains in China can guarantee food safety. Our technology speaker William Bao Bean comments at the documentary.

Sam Flemming

Facebook faces more than censors in China – Sam Flemming

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has gone to great lenght to appease China´s leadership in an effort to enter the largest internet market again. But, says Sam Flemming, an internet veteran based in Shanghai to Reuters. Local competition might even be a tougher challenge, unlike in the US where Facebook broke new ground.

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