China Insights

China’s Pursuit of Soft-Power

Xi Jinping’s recent attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was a landmark event for Chinese Foreign Policy. It was the first time that a Chinese head of state had attended the opening ceremony of a major overseas sporting event. Xi’s attendance was not just a symbol of China’s close relationship with Russia; it was […]

Xi Jinping’s recent attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was a landmark event for Chinese Foreign Policy. It was the first time that a Chinese head of state had attended the opening ceremony of a major overseas sporting event. Xi’s attendance was not just a symbol of China’s close relationship with Russia; it was […]

The Rise of Shadow Banking

Shadow banking is not a new phenomenon in China, but recently it has been coming under the spotlight because of the relationship between shadow banking and soaring local government debts.The term ‘shadow banking’ refers to banks and finance companies who offer high interest loans to companies and local governments. 70% of all trust loans given in 2012 were attributed local […]

Shadow banking is not a new phenomenon in China, but recently it has been coming under the spotlight because of the relationship between shadow banking and soaring local government debts.The term ‘shadow banking’ refers to banks and finance companies who offer high interest loans to companies and local governments. 70% of all trust loans given in 2012 were attributed local […]

China’s Anti-Graft Drive and the Effects on Commerce

Since China’s new Chairman, Xi Jinping, came into power at the beginning of the year, he has made it his mission to eradicate corruption in China. Many guidelines for government officials have been introduced including bans on extravagant banquets, over-expensive gifts and building new government buildings. Whilst this crackdown may be beneficial to the party and its image within China, […]

Since China’s new Chairman, Xi Jinping, came into power at the beginning of the year, he has made it his mission to eradicate corruption in China. Many guidelines for government officials have been introduced including bans on extravagant banquets, over-expensive gifts and building new government buildings. Whilst this crackdown may be beneficial to the party and its image within China, […]

China’s Challenges for the Future

January is traditionally the time of year to look back on the successes and failures of the previous year and assess the challenges to come. It’s also the time of New Year Resolutions and promises of change. In this time of change and reflection, Startup China takes a look at some of the biggest challenges China is going to face […]

January is traditionally the time of year to look back on the successes and failures of the previous year and assess the challenges to come. It’s also the time of New Year Resolutions and promises of change. In this time of change and reflection, Startup China takes a look at some of the biggest challenges China is going to face […]

China’s Obsession With Bitcoin

In recent months the product that seems to come up in every financial paper and website is Bitcoin. Bitcoin itself has been around since the start of the financial crisis and is not a new thing. However it has, only in the last year or so, started to become globally popular and noticed by governments and financial institutions. Opinions on […]

In recent months the product that seems to come up in every financial paper and website is Bitcoin. Bitcoin itself has been around since the start of the financial crisis and is not a new thing. However it has, only in the last year or so, started to become globally popular and noticed by governments and financial institutions. Opinions on […]

Changes to the One Child Policy and the Effects on the Chinese Economy

One of the biggest headlines to come from the recent Third Plenum is the proposed changes to the One Child Policy. These changes make it possible for families to have two children if only one parent comes from a one child family. Originally both parents had to be only children for them to be permitted to have two children. There were also […]

One of the biggest headlines to come from the recent Third Plenum is the proposed changes to the One Child Policy. These changes make it possible for families to have two children if only one parent comes from a one child family. Originally both parents had to be only children for them to be permitted to have two children. There were also […]