The shock was all around when a worker at China’s leading IT firm Pinduoduo recently collapsed and died under the pressure of overwork. But despite the fierce reactions, IT analyst Matthew Brennan, author of Attention Factory: The Story of Tiktok and China’s Bytedance, does not expect the culture of overwork in China’s IT firms will disappear, he tells Vice.
The finalization of the China-EU investment agreement – after seven years of negotiations – on December 30, 2020, is a big deal, says London-based China lawyer Mark Schaub in an overview of the fallout of the deal for the China Law Insight. “Is it a Big Deal? – Yes. China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner and the EU is China’s largest trading partner. Over Euro1 billion per day of trade flows between these two giants.”
Western media have been speculating about the whereabouts of Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma after he disappeared from the limelight months ago. Ma did get a dressing down from the government after he ushered criticism, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein to AP. Ma is laying down, but there is no reason he is in real problems, Rein adds.
China veteran Mark Schaub discusses how China changed since it introduced the 1995 Employment Law and how it impacted the way foreign businesses could work. Before 1995 few people had a written labor contract, but since the introduction of the law much changed for workers and lawyers, he explains.
China internet guru Matthew Brennan summarizes his bestseller Attention Factory: The Story of Tiktok and China’s Bytedance and explains how Tiktok developed from a successful domestic tool for millennials into a short-video platform that even caught the attention from US President Donald Trump.
Former White House official Harry Broadman discusses the future of relations between China and its trade partners. He hopes and expects that after Joe Biden takes over from current US President Donald Trump collective action between trade partners will be higher on the agenda, he tells Bloomberg. With a strong focus on Canada.
Content creation has been key for short-form engagement, writes the Jing Daily. And for Bytedance’s Douyin/Tiktok it has paved the way from its original base of millennials to mainstream engagement, adds Matthew Brennan, author of “Attention Factory: The Story of Tiktok and China’s Bytedance.