My Favorite China Articles for June 2017

There have been some interesting China business events this month, including the stepping down of Vanke CEO Wang Shi. He is symbolic of the first generation of Chinese entrepreneurs, many of whom are now starting to retire. This is my monthly recommended China reading list. If you would like to be on this list, you can […]

The Biggest Problems for Yum! China (KFC, Pizza Hut) Going Forward

Yum! China has now been spun off. And being a separate company should naturally fix many of its problems. But going forward, there are three things that still really concern me. #1 – There is no free lunch in the China restaurant business. How well you did in the past just doesn’t count for that […]

How Tmall Became a Midwife for Chinese Cross-Border M&A

In recent years, Taobao, Tmall and other online shopping sites have created a new way for Chinese consumers to buy foreign goods directly online. This new sales channel, commonly known as haitao, has, unsurprisingly, produced a surge in online purchases of vitamins, milk powder and other products Chinese have already been buying on trips overseas. […]

Three Trends To Watch in China Luxury

I focus on the intersection of rising Chinese consumers and competitive dynamics. Basically, I try to figure out who is going to win (and lose) in the never-ending fight for increasingly wealthy and influential Chinese consumers. However I generally avoid Chinese luxury. It is impacted by too many factors – the value of the RMB, […]

Why Mark Zuckerberg Is Pretty Smart About China

Every couple of months, I hear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is down the street at Tsinghua University in Beijing (photo above). Usually he is giving a talk to students or meeting with Beijing officials. It seems to happen pretty regularly. And it raises the question: Why is such a busy executive spending so much […]

Why Didi Is Raising So Much Cash

Chinese ride service Didi Chuxing raised $5.5 billion in May, adding to more than $10 billion it raised last year. Assuming it is no longer burning through $1 billion a year as it did during its fight for Chinese market share with Uber, Didi now has a staggering cash balance for a startup, perhaps as […]

Senior Housing, Public Hospitals and Other China Businesses to Avoid

If something hasn’t happened yet in China, there are probably good reasons why. Here are four China businesses that are frequently cited in the news as big opportunities. But I think they all fall into the category of “well, if it’s so great then why hasn’t it happened yet?”. Thus, I think they should be […]