The Chinese state is extending its grip on previously private investments in different areas like housing, health care, and education, similar to its crackdown on tech sectors in the past, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber to Reuters. Investors now prefer to turn to those industries, as they have the state as a backup.
China’s rich have become one of the major casualties at the 2022 Hurun Rich List, including Tencent’s CEO Ma Huateng, who lost 52 billion US dollars from last year’s listing, although China’s billionaires still top the list. Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf gives an overview of the damage to the VOA.
CFR-scholar Ian Johnson discusses the way the West lost its interest in China and missed the wide-ranging intellectual debate in China. He reacts on contributions by David Ownby and Xiang Biao who plead for the inclusion of China’s intellectuals into the global debate, instead of ignoring them, at the Berlin Contemporary China Net (BCCN). You can find the full debate here.
China’s authorities have been cracking down on education, tutoring and foreign teachers, scaring foreign firms and teachers. China lawyer Mark Schaub summarizes an earlier webinar under Chatham rules. No reason to panic, he says at his vlog. “It makes completely sense what the government is currently doing. If there is a demand, there will be a way to carry on.”
The world looks with awe at China’s economic achievements, but because of its one-child policy, it not only gained fast economic growth but also an aging population that offers an equally devastating income trap for the decades to come, unless it invests more smartly into its people, says China veteran Ian Johnson at the Vietnam Brief.
More than three million Chinese students went to the US for their study, but with the rising sinophobia both the US and Australia are losing out huge advantages of those eager learners, says business analyst Shaun Rein to state-broadcaster CGTN. Even losing only tuition fees might cost them dearly, he adds.
A hidden problem in China are the 70 million children in the countryside, left behind by their migrant parents who left to work elsewhere in de big cities, says author Zhang Lijia in an interview with the Borgen Project. Many drop out of school and those who remain face dropping quality of their education. Zhang Lijia is currently working on a book on left-behind children (LBC’s).
The coronavirus crisis has hit China’s economy and its graduates face a rough time for at least a year, as they are looking for jobs now, says financial analyst Sara Hsu, a visiting scholar at Shanghai’s Fudan University to CGTN. Job creation has come to a stand-still, and graduates might rely on finding jobs at state-owned companies, the government or even the military to survive in the coming year, she says.
Livestreaming e-commerce took off like crazy in China in 2020, partly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marketing guru Ashley Dudarenok opens the discussion on where this trend is leading to at Technode. “Various livestreaming platforms are maturing, becoming more mainstream and the epidemic has led to the growth of online work, entertainment, and consumption,” she writes.