In the early days, KFC and McDonald’s tried to conquer China’s consumers with a standard US menu. Now diversification and localization have become a key feature in the success of both fast-food chains, although the road has not been without bumps, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok to the Panda Daily.
Typically, China’s economy comes to a standstill during the annual Chinese New Year, but not in 2021, explains business analyst Shaun Rein to CNBCTV. GovermentalCovid-19 restrictions make it tough for migrant workers to return home, and double salaries at the factories might encourage them to continue working during the festival. Other industries like travel and leisure might suffer, though.
The aging founders of the first-generation modern companies in China are trying to survive their first generational switch and private equity funds try to help them digitize their operations to move on, says Winston Ma, adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and former managing director of the sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation (CIC) in the Global Finance Magazine.
Former US President Donald Trump tried to derail relations with China by banning stocks from Chinese companies at US stock markets. Now, under President Joe Biden, certainty for stock markets including the Chinese shares is key, says former White House advisor Harry Broadman at US News. Although there might be some other dangers.