The US may lose in Trump’s TikTok war

NEW YORK – Following US President Donald Trump’s vow to block US access to TikTok, the popular short-video app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, has been in frantic talks with Microsoft, presuma


The virus has trapped US$111 bil of luxury spending in China

SINGAPORE (July 9): Jeff Meng, a 25-year-old watch lover from a well-heeled Guangdong family, had RMB160,000 ($31,800) burning a hole in his pocket.

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China speeds up process of potentially merging its two biggest brokers Citic Securities and CSC Financial Co

(July 3): China is speeding up the process of potentially merging its two biggest investment banks, in a move that would create a $82 billion ($114.29 billion) powerhouse and may spark a wave of co

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Asia in the time of Covid-19

(June 12): In something of a Western-centric statement, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on April 14 said that as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, or rather the measures imposed to cont

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China moves slowly and cautiously towards 2H2020 recovery, focusing on new infrastructure

SINGAPORE (May 29): As Europe and the rest of the world reopens for business after their lock-downs, governments and economists are studying the Chinese model.

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What to Watch for at China’s 2020 National People’s Congress

SINGAPORE (May 21): China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will take place for about a week from tomorrow, May 22.


The threat of enfeebled great powers

(May 15): The Covid-19 crisis augurs three watersheds: The end of Europe’s integration project, the end of a united and functional America and the end of the implicit social compa


Why Luckin Coffee is now toast

SINGAPORE (Apr 30): Legendary billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett once said: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” The recession that f

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China investment choices

(Apr 30): Several months ago, senior Australian Ministers stood beside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Sydney conference and smiled in support as the latter warned, “You can sell your soul f

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Straws in the wind

(Apr 24): Centuries ago, the auguries — those foretellers of the future — would throw feathers into the air and then divine the future. Nowadays we call these straws in the wind.

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