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The Free Trade Zone that Ate Shanghai

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) came into being in 2013. Since its birth, it has scored accomplishments such as faster customs processing times and easier business establishment.

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Banking Blowups, the US-China Trade War, and Implications for China’s Financial Sector Reform

In my March blog, I expressed skepticism about China’s financial sector reform due to Beijing’s myriad political and economic reasons for maintaining control of the banking, insurance, and securities sectors.

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Belt and Road Forum II, Part III-Quality Quashes Quantity? Quackery!

Many observers viewed the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) as a time for China to make amends, at least verbally, for the shortcomings of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which has been associated with inter alia corruption, excessive debt burdens, environmental damage, opacity, and the displacement of local labor.

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Belt and Road Forum, II, part II-A Green Belt and Road May Not Yield “Green” for Business

One of the themes given greater attention at the Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was the environment.

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Belt and Road Forum, II, part I-Cleaning Up the House

At the recent Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed China would adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption regarding its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Dialing In or Head in the Clouds? China’s Prospective Opening of its ICT Sector

There are many sectors in China that are closed or highly-restricted as far as foreign direct investment (FDI) is concerned. Drivers of this include political nationalism, a desire to protect domestic firms, and concerns about economic independence.

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Chump Change? The risks of Banking on financial sector opening in China

China has long assured others of its intent to open up its financial sector. While it has never been entirely clear what this means, many have expected China not just to let in more foreign companies, but also to let them hold greater ownership stakes in their China operations and conduct more lines of business.

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Charged up about the Political Meaning of Tesla in China: Time to Apply the Brakes?

In 2017, it was revealed American electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla had concluded an agreement with Shanghai to build a manufacturing complex in Shanghai that, per Tesla CEO Elon Musk, will be extremely advanced and produce cars customized for the China market.

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Asia-Pacific Region (APR) Countries Turning Anti-Social against Internet Giants

For the past few years, internet giants such as America’s Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn, Japan’s Rakuten, and South Korea’s Naver have been facing an increasingly turbulent operating environment in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR). Many of the challenges they face are widely known.

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Europe and Chinese Foreign Direct Investment: Screening the Screen

Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI) is not a particularly new story as far as European Union (EU) countries are concerned.

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