Concerns have been raised about the quality of the deals closed under the wide One Belt, One Road program. Economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, admits that some deals could be “wacky”, he tells the New York Times.“It certainly is a very capacious arena for opportunists, that’s for sure,” Mr. Kroeber added.

The US announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum was supposed to be a fit shot in the US-China trade war but left many US allies behind in disarray. Former US official Harry Broadman tries to make sense out of the mess Donald Trump has created, for Forbes.

Europe is preparing for the 2018 China-EU Tourism year and the European Parliament invited social media expert Matthew Brennan to Brussels to brief them on the position of WeChat. He explained the committee how to improve Europe’s performance, writes the China-EU newsletter.

Europe and America are getting the message: they are behind China in e-commerce. China veteran William Bao Bean tells an European audience at Medialaan in Brussels it is not about technology, but about the speed of adoption of the users.

RSM professor Zhang Ying discusses China’s relations with the EU and the US, after the election of Donald Trump as their president. China is becoming part of the world, says Zhang, and whoever is elected, those relationships will prevail.

China will count 1.41 billion people by 2015 and then drop, says Zhang Juwei, an eminent researcher of demografic trends at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Yibada. His estimations are part of the next 5-year plan. Despite shortages “Labor supply will remain robust till 2030”, he added.