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China´s runaway bosses a symptom of economic woes - SCMP

Wanted posters for fugitive debtors, not commercials, are the main images that flash up on a big electronic screen in downtown Yixing, in the heart of the faltering Chinese industrial powerhouse that is the Yangtze River Delta.
The posters, from the local courts, show the identity card numbers and pictures of dozens of people who have fled unpaid debts. Rewards ranging from 20,000 yuan (HK$23,000) to 330,000 yuan are offered to anyone reporting their whereabouts.
Maintaining the dynamism of China’s economy, the world’s second-biggest, is becoming more complicated despite signs that headline economic growth numbers are stabilising. The South China Morning Post is sending its journalists to talk to those on the frontline of China’s growth story – venture capitalists, developers, cement factory owners and other industrialists – to see behind the numbers. In the second story of the series, Jane Cai examines t...
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Alibaba´s and Tencent Mobile Payment Strategies Retarget Based on What You Have Bought

T.R. Harrington, CEO of search and social media agency Darwin Marketing in Shanghai, talked to eMarketer’s David Green about Alibaba’s and Tencent’s mobile payment strategies and how they are retargeting consumers.

eMarketer: What’s so special about mobile payment platforms in China, and how are they driving the uptake of online-to-offline (O2O) activity?
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All is well in China ahead of the G20 - Arthur Kroeber

China´s economy seems to have steered clear through the turbulance of the past few years, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to Bloomberg. "I’d guess that Xi Jinping is feeling pretty confident about things."
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Cars, Campaigns, and illusions of Control

The making of local public policies in China is different from many other countries. Deliberation isn’t open, and public input is erratic, even in the provinces where Beijing’s control isn’t so draconian. Decision-making here is akin to throw-switches on generators or pumps that are dormant until something shifts, or someone thinks that they’re needed. The first indication that a decision has been made is often an announcement, but usually simply a clunk, some sound that the local authorities have chosen a particular point to make and that more noises may be forthcoming.

In Nanjing the past couple of weeks, the clamor has been about traffic control. And the local government here finds itself with few feasible options to solve its ongoing problem with automobiles.
The making of local public policies in China is different from many other countries. Deliberation isn’t open, and public input is erratic, even in the provinces where Beijing’s control isn’t so draconian. Decision-making here...
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NGO Trashes Garbage Plant for Lax Environmental Oversight

A Chinese NGO has accused a recently opened garbage incineration plant in Tianjin of falsifying parts of an environmental impact evaluation, and is calling on local authorities to suspend operations while the facility’s approval paperwork is reviewed.

In a letter to the northern municipality’s environment bureau, the “Friends of Nature” (FON), citing an investigation they conducted in July, said the plant was polluting the environment — a claim that led to protests from nearby residents.

FON told Sixth Tone they have yet to receive a reply from the environment bureau.
‘Friends of Nature’ want operations at facility to stop pending further investigation.
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China´s Largest Car Rental Firm Says Ready For Price War With Didi

CAR Inc., China's largest car rental firm, says it is ready for price war with Didi Chuxing, after the Beijing-based ride share giant announced plans to launch its own online car rental business on Monday.

Charles Zhengyao Lu (pictured), chairman of Hong Kong-listed CAR Inc., told Chinese reporters yesterday that his company will "adjust" prices based on regional real time data to fend off threats from new comer Didi.

"In the car rental market, CAR Inc's brand and scale will be able to hold on against Didi's massive user flows," Lu said.

CAR Inc currently has a fleet of nearly 100,000 vehicles, up 18% year-on-year.
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China´s top economic planner to audit US$270 billion of special projects - Reuters

China's top economic planner is set to audit 1.8 trillion yuan ($270 billion) in special construction funds that were part of a massive programme introduced last year to help stabilise the economy, 21th century business herald said.
The move by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) comes as Beijing is ramping up fiscal spending and launching a flurry of infrastructure projects to support growth, which has cooled to 25-year lows.
The audit will focus on any misuse of funds that have already been paid by banks, and projects' supervision, the newspaper reported, citing a NDRC work plan.
BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China's top economic planner is set to audit 1.8 trillion yuan ($270 billion) in special construction funds that were part of a m...
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Alibaba´s e-commerce app has a social network Facebook would love - Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding has tried to shake the perception that it's just the eBay or Amazon.com of China by pushing into social media and entertainment and actively investing in startups like Snapchat.

Case in point: Alibaba's Taobao mobile app, which allows users to join chat groups dedicated to fishing and more, book travel tickets, read the news, order takeout-and, yes, buy stuff. To the Western eye, Taobao may seem chaotic and overwhelming, but the app has resonated with China's young users, who are spending longer on the site than visitors to Amazon or Twitter's mobile sites. Taobao has helped Alibaba more than double mobile revenue in the most recent quarter, evidence that Chairman Jack Ma's push beyond e-commerce is finally starting to pay off.
Alibaba Group Holding has tried to shake the perception that it's just the eBay or Amazon.com of China by pushing into social media and entertainment and actively investing in startups like Snapchat .
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Media.net acquired for US$900M in mega ad-tech deal - TechCrunch

The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is one of the largest ad-tech deals in history, ahead of notable exits like Google’s $750 million dollar acquisition of AdMob in 2010 and Twitter’s $350 million dollar acquisition of MoPub in 2013.
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Here Are Some of China´s New Rules on P2P Lending - Fortune

China announced new rules on Wednesday to tighten regulation of the country’s $60 billion peer-to-peer lending sector, which has been dogged by scandals and fraud due to loose oversight.

Among the rules, P2P platforms will not be able to take public deposits, nor create asset pools, nor provide any forms of guarantee for lenders, according to a joint document issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Ministry of Public Security, Cyberspace Administration of China and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The government is trying to clean up the giant $60 billion sector.
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China´s Mango TV Seeks Back-Door Listing - TechNode

Chinese new media firm Mango TV has announced plans to list via a reverse merger with TV shopping firm Happigo Home Shopping.

Mango TV is operated by Hunan TV, the broadcast and film group that is China’s second most-viewed after CCTV.

It’s home to some of the most popular entertainment shows in China, including Super Voice Girls, Happy Camp, andWhere Are We Going, Dad?.

The company is seeking a backdoor listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange after announcing plans to be acquired by listed company Happigo Home Shopping Co., Ltd.

Hunan Satellite TV will inject seven subsidiaries into Chinese TV shopping firm Happigo Home Shopping, according to a disclosure filing on Monday,
Chinese new media firm Mango TV has announced plans to list via a reverse merger with TV shopping firm Happigo Home Shopping. Mango TV is operated by Hunan TV, the broadcast and film group that is China’s second most-viewed after CCTV. It’s home to some of the most popular entertainment shows in China, including Super …
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Investors Pour US$1.1B Into Chinese Digital Health Start-Ups During First Half

Chinese investors poured a record US$1.1 billion across 21 deals into digital health start-ups, including those in the mobile fitness, patient-doctor communication and online drug store sectors, according to data from CB Insights.

The total investment value has already surpassed that for the whole year of 2015, and the number is projected to reach US$2.2 billion for 2016, up over 300% compared to last year.

The boom continues an impressive growth trajectory witnessed by the digital health sector in the past, and is driving by mega-rounds, including three investments each totaling over US$100 million in financing.
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Marketing in China: Alibaba's and Tencent's Mobile Payment Strategies Re...
www.emarketer.com

T.R. Harrington, CEO of search and social media agency Darwin Marketing in Shanghai, talked to eMarketer about Alibaba’s and Tencent’s mobil

Alibaba's e-commerce app has a social network Facebook would love
www.chicagotribune.com

Alibaba Group Holding has tried to shake the perception that it's just the eBay or Amazon.com of China by pushing into social media and ente

All is well in China ahead of the G20 - Arthur Kroeber
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Arthur Kroeber China´s economy seems to have steered clear through the turbulance of the past few years, says economist Arthur Kroeber, auth

China’s Mango TV Seeks Back-Door Listing - TechNode
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Chinese new media firm Mango TV has announced plans to list via a reverse merger with TV shopping firm Happigo Home Shopping. Mango TV is op

Investors Pour $1.1B Into Chinese Digital Health Start-Ups During First ...
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Investors Pour $1.1B Into Chinese Digital Health Start-Ups During First Half - China Money Network

China's Largest Car Rental Firm Says Ready For Price War With Didi - Chi...
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China's Largest Car Rental Firm Says Ready For Price War With Didi - China Money Network

Debunking Silicon Valley myths about WeChat’s conversational UI & ot...
www.88-bar.com

The Nielsen Norman Group recently wrapped up a great study involving 26 individuals in Beijing and Tangshan about their use of WeChat. Their

China's Silk Road powers bids for $1.5 billion Pakistan utility stake
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Chinese state-backed firms are frontrunners to buy a $1.5 billion controlling stake in Pakistani utility K-Electric, sources said, as they b

In China, a startup that turned selfies into a billion-dollar business
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China's Meitu was doing selfies before selfies were cool. Now worth about US$5 billion, it's on the verge of this year's most surprising IPO

Outbound tourism experts at the China Speakers Bureau | China Speakers B...
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China´s economy might be slowing down a bit, outbound tourism keeps on booming like before. Chinese tourists spend more per capital than any

Iran set to grant two key oil deals to CNPC, Sinopec
www.worldoil.com

TEHRAN -- Iran plans to grant the development of two major oil fields to CNPC and Sinopec, according to a statement by the National Iranian

China to Slash Limits on Foreign Investment to Revive Spending
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China will further open its economic borders to investors from abroad in a move intended to counter sliding confidence in the outlook for th

China urges ministries to wage war on business costs to spur growth | So...
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State Council lists policy priorities for the country’s bureaucracy as growth in the world’s second-biggest economy continues to sputter

CCTV Report Casts Doubt on Images of Syrian Child - China Digital Times ...
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As photographs and video of three-year-old Omran Daqneesh made waves on social media around the world and refocused public opinion on the hu

Goodbye EU, Hello China!-- Beijing Review
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Chinese and British flags fly in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall in London on October 19 before President Xi Jinping's state visit to

Inside Shanghai Tower: China's tallest skyscraper claims to be world's g...
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The Shanghai Tower is another in a long list of ambitious skyscrapers competing fiercely for sustainability credentials as well as height. B

Canada wants more Chinese workers, students and tourists, says immigrati...
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Immigration Minister John McCallum says the Liberal government is trying to make it easier for Chinese tourists, students and temporary work

Counterfeit pills, potentially from China, may have killed Prince — Quartz
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Investigators think Prince took the pills that killed him not knowing they contained fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

How China's Belt And Road Economic Corridors Are Enhanced By The UN's TI...
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China just signed onto the United Nation's TIR Convention -- a trans-Eurasia customs agreement to allow for the more efficient transport of

Foxconn says two employees at China plant died; cooperating with investi...
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Foxconn, which assembles Apple Inc products, said on Monday two workers at its manufacturing facilities in China died last week, even as the

We hoped Tong Fong would offer a good alternative for other Chinese stores like Sun Wah in Antwerp (but hard to get to by car) and Amazing Oriental in Breda - a bit further out. But the choice at Tong Fong was very limited, compared to the other stores. Parking was no problem, but otherwise we were disappointed.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Avoid this hotel. At the checkout we were forced to pay for the minibar, for products we did not use. When we protested the owner got pretty aggressive, and made clear it was impossible they could have made a mistake. The conversation escalated and he even threatened my wife. There must be similar hotels with a good location and a reasonable price.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Nice authentic Chinese food (not spoiled by European tastes) that is very good when you are craving for Chinese food after too much Italian. Preparation was a bit fast-food style, but tasting pretty well. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere, well, real Chinese.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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Excellent place and a great choice of wines. We actually never made it to the food, but enjoyed a nice wine on a sunny terrace
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago