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Starbucks, at last, joins WeChat payments – Shaun Rein

When you deal with consumers in China, WeChat and its payment systems, cannot be ignored. Starbucks did so for years, and lost much business, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Bloomberg. The American company now joined WeChat, although concerns about data safety remain.

Cross border e-commerce of the future – William Bao Bean

China´s consumers have been eager purchasers of foreign products, but getting them at the right price proved to be troublesome. New startups are going to make that choice easier, predicts William Bao Bean, general partner at SOSV and managing director of Chinaccelerator, in TechNode, after closing days of presentations by startups.

What Trump did wrong with his Taiwan call – Kaiser Kuo

The world is still trying to make sense out of president-elect Trump´s Taiwan call, and what it means for the future. China veteran Kaiser Kuo argues that the US should rethink its now 40-year relationship with the island, but certainly does not think Trump picked the best way and time to do so, he writes at SupChina.

The Plough purchase shows change in tourist habits – Jeffrey Towson

The purchase of the Plough at Cadsden in rural Buckinghamshire, the bar where then-prime minister David Cameron and president Xi Jinping toasted on their relationship by the Chinese company SinoFortone shows a change in the typical tourist habits, says Peking university business professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily.

How Trump´s Taiwan call made Asia safer – Shaun Rein

Unlike most observers and diplomatic professionals, strategy analyst Shaun Rein sees president-elect´s Trump´s call to Taiwan as a brilliant move, with only a little downside, he writes in CNN. By getting this leverage, he proves to move smarter than president Obama, writes Rein.

China spin-offs can add much value to share-holders – Shaun Rein

Yum spinning off its China operation attracted most attention, but the model of selling a well-established China operation is a model that can generate a lot of value, at least for the share-holders, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg.

Capital control hurts competitiveness of Chinese firms – Shaun Rein

China´s financial authorities try to stem to massive outflow of capital but those counter measure severely hurt the competitiveness of Chinese companies, says business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post. That is going to be a dilemma in the long run.

Hu Fayan: an independent writer in China – Ian Johnson

Some critical writers became dissidents, others stayed in the Chinese network for authors. Journalist Ian Johnson talks for the Pulitzer Center to the Hu Fayan, neither a part of the system, neither a dissident. How is he managing in China?

Chinese bid for Chicago exchange bumps into roadblocks – Shaun Rein

A Chinese bid for the Chicago Stock Exchange is running into major roadblocks, both in China and the US. The bidder the private Chinese company Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group might have waited too long, says business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post. Both in China and the US barriers seem too high to close the deal.

The opportunities of sponge cities – Sam Crispin

Floodings and storm are pretty common in China, but since 2015 the concept of so-called sponge cities are developed to mitigate the potential damage. Real estate expert Sam Crispin, director Urbanization of PwC China explores in his article at LinkedIn the opportunities for foreign partnership in developing this concept.

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