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Sara Hsu

Consumer spending, even more room for growth – Sara Hsu

Many growth indexes in China might point south, consumer spending is one of the few that might indicate government policies might be working, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Americans still consume per capita 53 times more goods and services than Chinese, so there is much room to growth, she says.

Paul Gillis

Chicago Stock Exchange, a substandard avenue to capital? – Paul Gillis

The sale of the 134-year old Chicago Stock Exchange to a consortium of Chinese companies led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group might just a way to capital for companies who cannot meet the standards of the NYSE and Nasdaq, warns accounting professor Paul Gillis on his weblog.

Arthur Kroeber

Should we worry about China´s economy? – Arthur Kroeber

The ups and especially downs of China´s economy keeps on shocking the rest of the world. What can we expect, economist Arthur Kroeber asks for the Brookings Institute. Did the international markets overreact? In China more commitment to reform is needed.

Did Facebook become a WeChat clone? – William Bao Bean

How Opera fits into China´s browser war – William Bao Bean

The purchase of the Oslo-based Opera browser by a conglomerate of Chinese companies for US$1.2 billion took many by surprise. Not Shanghai-based VC William Bao Bean, who sees the purchase as a logical step in the fierce competition in China, he tells in Quartz.

James Roy

The countryside: the last online market to conquer in China – James Roy

Alibaba has this Chinese New Year started to conquer the rural markets, one of the few in China where the majority is not yet online, says retail analyst James Roy in Channel News Asia. One of the key products is imported food, as many Chinese mistrust locally made food.

Sara Hsu

A rocky road for multinationals amid China´s slowdown – Sara Hsu

China´s farewell to double-digit growth is causing multinational companies headaches, also in the services industry where China is heading to, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Now the downturn seems manageable, but she sees a rocky way ahead.

William Bao Bean

Did Facebook become a WeChat clone? – William Bao Bean

Chinese companies have often been blamed for copying Western innovation and patents. But now China takes the lead in mobile innovations, the argument seems to go the other way. Many of the features we know from WeChat we see now popping up at Facebook. Innovator William Bao Bean discusses whether Facebook has become a WeChat clone.

Arthur Kroeber

China´s economy lacks direction – Arthur Kroeber

China´s economy might not be in acute trouble, she is certainly lacking directing, says economist Arthur Kroeber in the Irish Times ” China is unlikely to collapse, but it does risk losing its way.”

Rupert Hoogewerf

Chinese buy more than ever overseas – Rupert Hoogwerf

While the luxury good suffer from the anti-graft crackdown, what the Chinese buy, they buy increasingly abroad, says China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf at the presentation of his eleventh Hurun Best of the Best Awards 2015, a benchmark for the luxury sector, according to the Shanghai Daily.

William Bao Bean

When in China, do not follow your gut feeling – William Bao Bean

Many foreign companies fail when they try to enter the China market. According to William Bao Bean, a partner at Shanghai venture capital firm SOSV, dealing with over 120 startups per year, that is because they follow too often the instincts they take along from their home market. Wrong, he tells in the South China Morning Post.