China´s powerful families use so-called “bag men” to deal with their wealth. The disappeared billionaire Xiao Jianhua was such a bag man, according to China rich list producer Rupert Hoogewerf, including the family or president Xi Jinping to the Financial Times. Finding information on Xiao had been tough.
While analysts watch a potential trade shoot-out between the US and China, US president Trump might help China in other ways, for example helping them compete with Mexico, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily. Mexico has been winning from China in producing cars and autoparts, and abolishing NAFTA might change that.
Some concern emerged in Canada when an investment company Leadon Investment Inc had invested US$1 billion in local hotels. Getting to know who is behind those investment vehicles with a China background might be very hard to discover, says financial analyst Victor Shih to the Vancouver Sun.
The decision to sell a controlling stake of McDonald´s to private investors in the Carlyle Group, Citic Capital and Citic Group triggered off mixed reactions among analysts. Retail analyst Ben Cavender says the new investors can help to refurbish and expand the chain. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson sees a different management style, that makes competitor KFC run for its money. But business analyst Shaun Rein sees to end to the inevitable decline of McDonald´s.
China is becoming fast one of the most innovative markets, explains Shanghai-based managing director William Bao Bean of the Chinaccelerator. Fintech and mobile will leave their marks on 2017, he explains to a non-Chinese audience. While startups have a hard time to find funding, 9% of the startups in Shenzhen get one million US dollar in funding. In stead of joining foreign multinationals, young Chinese prefer now an entrepreneurial career.
In line with expectations, McDonald´s has sold a controlling stake of its China and Hong Kong operation to private investors, after competitor Yum did the same last year. With the new financial resources, the China operation can improve fast, says Shanghai-based retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.