Starbucks sold its stake in its South-Korean joint venture, worth in total over US$2 billion. The best they can do, is reinvest their capital in expansion in China, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Reuters. “Using the sale of its South Korean operations will equip it with more cash that it can deploy to China,” Rein said.
When China’s authorities cracked down on Jack Ma’s Alibaba, it was only the start of ongoing efforts to control tech companies and manage their data streams, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein to WRAL. “Now Chinese people are quite concerned about data privacy because Alibaba and Tencent have so much data – even more data than the government,” he adds.