China Growth


Is China a Maturing or Mature Economy/Market?

Only the most recklessly optimistic investors would have assumed that the let’s say pre-2010 economic growth trajectory of China can be maintained indefinitely, with yearly GDP growth rages in the double digits. While such a trajectory was not only possible but downright required back when China was a much poorer nation if the country were


Can (and Will) China Influence Other Nations?

Those of us who live in let’s say less than dominant countries (nations which have never been economic or military superpowers) like to believe our history was remarkably unique. Realistically speaking, however, that is usually not entirely true. Why? Simply because an economic superpower does not merely export products and services, it also tends to


Could China Collapse? A Socio-Politico-Economic Perspective

“Yes, thank you for reading” would be a superficially straightforward answer. Here at, however, those of you who are not first-time readers are most likely well aware of the fact that we pride ourselves in digging deep. And in precisely that spirit, we want to make it perfectly clear right from the beginning that


Will China Become the World’s Next Number One Economic Superpower?

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, let us start with a straightforward answer and then spend the rest of the article elaborating and nuancing. And that answer is a definite… “probably” (apologies in the advance for the corny humor). Right off the bat, it is worth pointing out that when the productive potential of over


Social Tensions in China: Are Civil Unrest Scenarios Realistic?

Too many Western observers make the mistake of assuming that just because China is run in a manner they consider authoritarian, it is somehow immune to social tensions. This attitude is short-sighted at best because whether we are talking about authoritarian regimes where it seems those in charge have everything under strict control or let’s


Medical Tourism in China: A Tale of Two Worlds

In a previous article, we have made it clear that China’s medical system (just like quite a few other sectors of the Chinese economy) is a textbook fragmentation case study. On the one hand, we have affluent regions (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, etc.) with Western-level medical services and on the other hand, poorer regions of China


The (Subpar) Medical System of China: Problems, Threats and Opportunities

The medical system represents yet another case study involving a service which hasn’t exactly managed to keep up (in a directly proportionate manner, that is) with China’s explosive multi-decade economic growth… at least, not in a homogeneous manner. Of course, as pretty much always, it is possible to “cheat” by cherry-picking examples from affluent regions


China’s Top 12 Insurance Companies – A Brief Overview

In an earlier article, we have made it clear why insurance is one of the best-positioned industries in China for a wide range of reasons, from demographic ones (the elephant in the room, perhaps) to smaller-scale variables. Re-addressing this issue would not constitute a proper use of our (limited) time, so we will limit ourselves


China’s Luxury Goods Market: Facts vs. Misconceptions

Misunderstandings abound when it comes to all things China-related. For example, through previous articles, we’ve highlighted many manufacturing-related ones, for example the (grossly outdated) idea that China can only put low-quality, low value-added products on the table. Similar outdated stereotypical thinking examples also pertain to the Chinese consumer. To put it differently, China has


The (Economic) Future of China and That of the United States: A Few Long-Term Thoughts

When analyzing current China and US-related events, it is easy to succumb to the temptation of focusing exclusively on the past (historic trade volume patterns, GDP growth rates, etc.) and the present (describing whichever issue is currently “hot” or let’s say widely-debated), without giving enough thought to the future, especially longer-term considerations. As such, this