China’s government is trying to control its tech sector and VIE’s (Variable Interest Entities) are high on their agenda. But outside the China business, very few people know what VIE’s are and China lawyer Mark Schaub reposted his vlog on what VIE’s actually are, even though they are a key feature in China’s tech sector.
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.
Rocker and political analyst Kaiser Kuo looks at how China – often wrongly – is perceived in the West in an interview with Australian broadcaster ABC. While the country has gone in less than a generation through a massive upgrade of its hardware, the software is often lagging behind, he says.
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.
China’s Ant group went to great length in explaining its non-fungible tokens (NFT’s) are something completely different from the cryptocurrencies the government is targeting. Is it a smart way to avoid government measures? Fintech expert Winston Wenyan Ma highlights the dilemma created by Ant’s NFT, he tells Reuters.