Writings for China Economic Review

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Below are some of my contributions to China Economic Review, a monthly business magazine in Shanghai. All items have appeared in print, but the dates refer to when they were published online.


FEATURES

Cover story: “Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China?” | July 15, 2015 | PDF

“Amazon is one of the main foreign players, along with Microsoft and IBM, that are driving the development of the cloud computing market in China. If they can be successful they will earn huge revenues and deliver the benefits that businesses in North America are already realizing. In their way stand national security issues, regulatory hurdles and a lack of market trust.”

Sidebar: “China’s dreams of IT dominance start in the cloud” | July, 2014 (PDF)

“It’s hard to see what rice wine has in common with big data. But poor, mountainous Guizhou province in southwestern China, mainly known for the traditional liquor Maotai, is vying to be China’s main hub for data centers and cloud computing.”

“Is affordable art the next big consumer trend in China?” | April 24, 2014 | PDF

“The short queue at the ticket counter for the Claude Monet exhibition is deceptive: Inside, the rooms are crowded with people studying paintings by the French Impressionist master. Stern-faced guards keep close watch on the proceedings, which are subdued and quiet except for the frequent bleep of an alarm when visitors lean too close to the priceless portraits and landscapes.”


Q&As

“Reasonable expectations on China’s progress” (with PNC Financial Services Group’s Bill Adams) | May 13, 2014 | PDF

“Recent economic data have troubled markets and analysts about the direction of the Chinese economy.”

“Business in a more normal environment” (with the Center of American States’s Ning Shao) | April 8, 2014 | PDF

“Despite the frequent ups and downs in the political relationship between Beijing and Washington, trade between the world’s two largest economies is booming.”

“All the president’s men, and the plans for China’s reform” (with Brookings Institution’s Cheng Li) | March 31, 2014 | PDF

“President Xi Jinping is often called the most powerful Chinese leader since iconic reformer Deng Xiaoping. But most people outside Beijing’s inner circle have no way of knowing just how much power Xi and his team wield, and how their stated agenda for economic reform will actually play out.”


OTHER

“China’s SMEs head for pawnbrokers as credit tightens” | May 15, 2014 | PDF

“China’s tight credit environment has fostered some interesting financial innovation. In some cities, stacks of wool can be traded for an apartment. Amid this desperate demand for capital even pawnshops, a traditional lending channel, are changing how they operate.”

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