China Growth


Life Expectancy in China: Past, Present, Trends and Implications

There are few metrics which make it more obvious just how far along China has come than life expectancy-related ones. In the first half of the sixties for example, the average life expectancy at birth in China was well over 50 years, in line with severely under-developed nations. It was only as of 1966 that


There’s No Business Like (Chinese) Show Business? A Glimpse into China’s Entertainment Industry

Here at, we have developed the habit of mentioning the fact that longing Chinese assets without meaningfully “betting” on China’s rising middle class is a sub-optimal strategy at best. For reasons which range from China’s growth model transitioning from production/exports/infrastructure to domestic consumption to a wide range of metrics which paint the picture of


China and Germany: Macroeconomic Paradox of Thrift?

The idea of being “responsible” with your finances, whether we are referring to personal finance or the finances of a nation, has been the status quo (financial) goal for centuries upon centuries. For an individual, this means spending less than you produce and setting a little something aside on a regular basis. For a country,


Is China (Over) Reliant/Dependent on Russian Natural Resources and Commodities

Right off the bat, it is important to state that this article doesn’t cover China and Russia’s trade relationship in general, there is already a post about just that which can be accessed by clicking HERE. Instead, our (apparently simple) goal revolves around tackling two questions: Is China reliant or even dependent on Russian natural


(For How Long) Can China Rise Peacefully?

As mentioned in other articles, many of the vocal adversaries of today’s China have been willing to tolerate and even support China’s economic growth for an extended period of time (not just years but downright decades). Fast-forward to the present and we see China being painted as the proverbial economic as well as (geo)political


Arbitration in (Mainland) China: Effective Solution or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

When analyzing a jurisdiction from a business perspective, it makes sense to dedicate enough time to the arbitration dimension as well rather than simply refer to court-related solutions. As pretty much anyone who has been at least somewhat involved with any court system can confirm, this solution is oftentimes not only a bureaucratic nightmare but


Is China’s Economy a Ponzi Scheme?

Quite a few analysts have voiced concerns that China’s economy is essentially a Ponzi scheme which needs perpetual growth to sustain itself. From the (in)famous South China Morning Post op-ed of Jake Van Der Camp to a wide range of criticism by Kyle Bass and other financial media opinion formers, it has become clear that


(Why) Does China Devalue Its Currency?

It is difficult to think of a field more affected by hypocrisy than economics and in the spirit of just that, we are convinced most readers are well aware of the fact that China tends to be portrayed as the “monetary bad guy” for devaluing its currency, with many Western counterparts (from government officials to


Chinese Universities: Evolution, Reach/Penetration, Potential and Challenges

Whenever “dissecting” national economic success stories with a reverse engineering state of mind, education tends to be an important common denominator at the very least, perhaps even the most important one. This is because, as economists such as Adam Smith have made clear centuries ago, the wealth of a nation doesn’t lie in the natural


(Why) Are Chinese Social Media Sites/Platforms (TikTok and Many Others) Gaining Traction?

We have covered Chinese Internet success stories rather diligently here on, anything from referring to the (in)famous Chinese BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) to explaining why domestic Internet companies are beneficiaries of China’s oftentimes controversial (from a human rights or let’s say freedom perspective, if you will) legislative action. For the most part, the average