US Details 25% Tariff On $50B Chinese Imports, Including Electric Cars, Medicine

The U.S. government under Donald Trump has published a list of about 1,300 Chinese exports that could be hit with 25% tariffs. The tariffs would apply to about US$50 billion worth of goods, ranging from electric cars to education material. The tariffs won’t go into effect right away. The U.S. administration said it will hold … More US Details 25% Tariff On $50B Chinese Imports, Including Electric Cars, Medicine

Tourism Features Prominently in Beijing’s Strategic Long-term Middle East Goals

In China’s quest for global influence, the Middle East has increasingly taken on increased importance. This is in part an effort to acquire strategically important natural resources, namely fossil fuels. However, fundamentally this new Middle East focus is also an effort to facilitate the consolidation of Chinese economic and political influence globally, China’s Belt & … More Tourism Features Prominently in Beijing’s Strategic Long-term Middle East Goals

Why China and the US are fighting over 5G

5G has been making headlines recently. It came up in a White House memo leaked in January that argued creating a nationalized 5G network was the only way for the US to protect itself from Chinese security threats. Though lawmakers quickly dismissed the idea as an infringement on the private sector—”We’re not Venezuela,” said one … More Why China and the US are fighting over 5G

Alibaba’s Mapping Unit AutoNavi Declares War On Didi Via Launch Of Carpooling Business

Alibaba’s mapping unit, AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. that is also known as Gaode Map, has launched its own carpooling business, starting in Chengdu and Wuhan city initially with plans to roll out nationally. In a move that declares war to existing ride-sharing leader Didi Chuxing, AutoNavi’s expansion into the shared mobility space further complicates a sector … More Alibaba’s Mapping Unit AutoNavi Declares War On Didi Via Launch Of Carpooling Business

The Mysterious Chinese Company Filling the Void Left by Failing Conglomerates

When asked to name some of China’s most successful companies, most people would probably name Alibaba, Tencent, as well as tech success stories like Huawei and ZTE. In travel, companies like China’s three state-owned airlines, Ctrip, and (also state-owned) Jin Jiang hotels may come to mind. As a matter of fact, big corporate in China’s … More The Mysterious Chinese Company Filling the Void Left by Failing Conglomerates

Tencent’s Pony Ma Says Retail Investment Grows Online Advertising, Mobile Payment

Retail investments benefit Tencent in three ways: mobile payment and related financial services, cloud development and advertisement, according to the tech giant’s Founder and CEO Pony Ma. Ma’s comments come as Tencent accelerates its investments in the retail sector, a move seen to rival and take market share from China’s largest retailer Alibaba Group. “People … More Tencent’s Pony Ma Says Retail Investment Grows Online Advertising, Mobile Payment

Sino-U.S. Trade War: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

It has been a long time coming, and now it finally happened: the United States is imposing tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China swiftly retaliated with a proposal to impose tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. goods. While it still remains unclear where this will eventually take … More Sino-U.S. Trade War: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

China Leads the Pack of World’s Fastest-growing Airports

It’s common knowledge at this point that Chinese travel is a significant growth market. The rise of Chinese tourism has been nothing but meteoric, and the almost sudden onslaught of smartphone-wielding Chinese tourists in capitals around the world is very practical evidence thereof. It goes without saying that Chinese airports have experienced years of rapid … More China Leads the Pack of World’s Fastest-growing Airports

China’s tech firms are adapting to an increasingly IP sensitive environment

Over the past few decades, China has been perceived as a land of copycats where local firms duplicate proven technologies and business models from the West without giving due credit. Counterfeit apparel, blatant technology infringements and pirated movies are still stereotypical portrayals of the state of intellectual property (IP) protection dynamics in the Middle Kingdom. … More China’s tech firms are adapting to an increasingly IP sensitive environment

Shift to New Retail Imperative for Brand Success in China

A shift by brands to a New Retail model is imperative to remain relevant and competitive in China, according to a joint report from AliResearch and Bain & Co. The report, the most complete to date, offers a look at the blueprint for how companies and brands can seamlessly meld their online and offline channels, … More Shift to New Retail Imperative for Brand Success in China