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Ant Group: Jack Ma’s biggest market debut suspended amid fears over regulation

Daniel Broby, University of Strathclyde – The Conversation In a surprise last minute decision, the flagship stock exchange listing of Ant Group was suspended by regulators in China and Hong Kong. The Chinese tech giant, backed by Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma, was to be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history. The suspension puts…

Food for Thought

Corporate Q&A with David Yeung (Green Monday) – First published in Week in China How Green Monday Group is promoting a plant-based diet in China Sustainable businesses can be financially rewarding. Look no further than the American plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat, whose shares on Nasdaq have risen sixfold since going public last May. One…

The deception and detriment of US-China cultural and educational decoupling

Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen – Brookings This article was originally published in China-US Focus. As the United States insignia was stripped and the American flag was lowered over the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China, in late July, a bridge that had connected America with western China for 35 years was severed. Soon thereafter, the U.S. embassy…

Beijing Believes Trump Is Accelerating American Decline

Public intelligence assessments of China’s 2020 election preferences only tell half the story. This article by Rush Doshi, the director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative, was first published by Foreign Policy. In August, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence claimed publicly that China “prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable…

The Logic of Sino-Western Détente

Jim O’Neill – Project Syndicate It might be cathartic to opine noisily about another country’s standards and practices, but there is substantial historical evidence to suggest that a country’s citizens will tend to value economic opportunity over most other issues. That axiom applies as much to the US, the UK, and Europe as it does…

Global China: Global governance and norms

Tarun Chhabra, Rush Doshi, Ryan Hass and Emilie Kimball – Brookings China’s efforts to secure a larger role for itself in multiple international institutions have generated questions about the scale of its ambitions and the tools it will use to advance them. From human rights to energy to trade, China’s growing weight in the international…

Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China

William Wang, Beijing Normal University and Holly Snape, University of Glasgow Hundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for COVID-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people…

Why international students are choosing the UK – despite coronavirus

Jenna Mittelmeier, University of Manchester; Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester, and Sylvie Lomer, University of Manchester Despite early predictions that the coronavirus pandemic would cause international student numbers to decline, the UK is set for a record increase, with enrolments from non-EU international students up 9% this academic year. Universities had feared that a…