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

China Signals Thaw in THAAD Dispute and Likely End to ‘Tourist Ban,’ but Why Now?

China and South Korea have reportedly agreed to restore bilateral relations to a “normal development path swiftly.” What this means for the ongoing ban on the sale of tour group packages from China to South Korea is unclear, as tour group packages for South Korean destinations are still unavailable on Chinese online travel agencies (OTAs). … More China Signals Thaw in THAAD Dispute and Likely End to ‘Tourist Ban,’ but Why Now?

Xi Jingping: As US wakes up for Xi’s ambition for a China- led world order, India has an opportunity to make a difference

The chips are down. China’s 19th party congress has rubberstamped support for President Xi Jinping’s ambition for a China-led world order in the future, the Americans are “woke” to that reality and India has an opportunity to make a difference. Read More

Government-tech relationship moves forward with Party reshuffle

China’s tech sector stands to benefit from the appointment of officials with science and technology backgrounds to leadership positions. In recent years China has been pushing tech at the national level, promoting programs such as “Made in China 2025″ to upgrade the sector. While there have been recent developments in the Party’s involvement with tech, … More Government-tech relationship moves forward with Party reshuffle

China’s Alibaba and Tencent, not Google and Facebook, suit Saudi Arabia

Technology companies from China, and not the U.S., will win the race to capture Saudi Arabia’s young, lucrative market, one chief executive told CNBCChinese companies’ diversified structure and confidence working alongside government mean that they lend themselves well to foreign markets structured like Saudi Arabia’s, he reasoned. Read More

Can China Fix Its Debt Woes?

Calling for prioritizing development quality over speed at the opening of theChinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled an increased tolerance forslower growth, the key to slower debt growth. Accepting slower growth by no means spells a fundamental change in the government position or China’s credit trajectory. It does, however, create … More Can China Fix Its Debt Woes?