Now a massive row of Chinese companies, including Alibaba, are preparing for IPO´s, both at home at abroad, insights in China´s financial industry are more important than ever,

The government wants to allow market forces to decide what financial direction the country is taking, and because more than even capital is owned by Chinese citizens, just looking at what the central government in Beijing is doing, is not longer good enough.

Innovation and China seemed have been at odds for a long time. But the country known for its copy-cats has made huge strides forward, and innovation has become a key feature in the country´s development. Not surprising, also speakers at the China Speakers Bureau reflect that important development.

If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.

2017 is going to be a productive year for both Zhang Lijia and Ian Johnson as they are going to publish their long-awaited books. Both are very well versed in documenting cultural change in China, a development that often remain undetected for the outside world.

The China Speakers Bureau has over the past five years mostly focused on international clients, with a focus on often China-based but equally international speakers, mostly focusing on the China debate among an international audience. But China is changing fast, and coming months we are going to explore if the market is ready for us.

Some of our speakers are also prolific authors. Just over the past weeks, two potential bestsellers got published, and we expect a few later this year. Now, policies of both speakers and their publishers might vary, but when you hire one of our speakers you might be eligible for a book deal.
Some of our speakers see books as a support act for their speaking activities, and might actually bring their books for free. Others can get their books for a decent discount from their publishers, or offer a discount themselves, since they see their book also as a good way to promote themselves.

Two key criteria are key for our way of working. First, speakers need to be China experts. The China Speakers Bureau is a global agency organizing speakers who have a role in the China debate. Second, we need a solid digital footprint of speakers, illustrating their contributions to that debate. Quotes in mainstream media, weblogs, video´s and in general the ability to move the China debate.

Relaxing capital controls is needed fast, argues Beida professor Paul Gillis at his accounting weblog, as he analyses the position of Chukong Holdings Limited. They filed last week for a US IPO, but also use a so-called variable interest entity (VIE) structure, a source of many problems, argues Gillis.

China´s aspirations to go West is one of the larger stories of 2014 and the author Joel Backaler is getting ready for the launch of his book China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global Mid May. A trailer and a link for pre-ordering the book at Amazon are ready.

Fons Tuinstra, the representative of the China Speakers Bureau in Europe, will be on a visit in China till January 11. He will be staying in Shanghai and has some possibilities to discuss possible business cooperation. He is available by email, WeChat, Google+, LinkedIn, facebook and twitter. He can also be reached by phone: +41796730885.

The China Speakers Bureau is happy to include Sara Hsu, offering our financial clients a unique insight in this unique feature. She will soon participate in one of our China Weekly Hangouts to discuss shadow banking in China.