Marxism-Leninism in China: Foundation or Ideological Ballast?

In light of the fact that the very first ideology of the Communist Party of China was Marxism-Leninism, many less than thorough investors make the mistake of believing that today’s China is run in the spirit of the ideology in question. Is that true? To put it differently, is socialism with Chinese characteristics perfectly in


The Xinjiang Conflict and China’s Uyghur Minority: Domestic and Global Implications

The Xinjiang conflict (with Xinjiang being an autonomous region located in the far-northwest of China) has been brewing in one way or another since 1931, in light of the fact that clashes started emerging between Muslim minorities (especially Uyghurs) and the Han Chinese population. Such situations can be found in many countries, where a minority


Will China Ever Respect Human Rights by Western Standards?

Whenever such sensitive topics pop up, authors are tempted to start an article with a highly nuanced first paragraph, usually one which explains how complex and open to interpretation from various angles a certain topic is. When it comes to this article, in the spirit of being blunt to the point of brutally honest, we


Incompetence in China: Causes, Context and Coping Mechanisms

Whether you are interested in setting up shop in China or in simply gaining exposure to Chinese assets in a (relatively) passive manner, the team believes in being upfront and making it clear right off the bat that yes, incompetence will represent one of the major issues you will undoubtedly come across and to


Antitrust in China: The Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) and Its Enforcement

From tacking monopolies to discouraging the formation of cartels (a type of oligopoly) and acting as a collusion deterrent, the antitrust dimension of a legislative system has received quite a bit of attention in Western jurisdictions such as the United States, European Union and so on. Why? Simply because the three phenomenon types mentioned previously


Collusion in China: Tacitly Tolerated or Meaningfully Tackled?

As mentioned in our article about cartels (one we encourage you to read by clicking HERE before continuing with this one), competition isn’t always perceived as amazing by business owners in light of the fact that one step at a time, their bottom line is affected until some kind of a niche-wide balance of minimum


Cartels in China: From Laws to Real-World Enforcement

From a strictly game theory perspective, it should come as no surprise that bypassing competition and forming cartels represents an attractive option for business owners. Why? Simply because the idea that capitalism favors business owners exclusively tends to be a bit of a myth, with those perpetuating it willfully ignoring the fact that realistically speaking,


Are China – United States Proxy Wars a Genuine Threat?

This article represents a textbook example of a post that could be shortened to precisely one sentence that answers the question which constitutes its title: no, China – US proxy wars do not represent a genuine threat, at least not at this point in time. However, we believe in digging deep here at and


Democrats, Republicans and… Chinese Interests: Does China Prefer the Republican or Democratic Party?

The internal Democratic Party race which ultimately established who the final Democrat candidate for the 2020 presidential elections will be (Joe Biden) got us thinking about, of course, the manner in which these candidates are perceived by China. More specifically: Delaware’s Joe Biden, a let’s call him centrist by Democrat standards or, if you will,


Could China Fail?

This is perhaps the broadest but at the same time most difficult question that even die-hard China bulls are most likely plagued by… whether they are willing to admit it is an entirely different discussion. The bottom line is that at least in the back of your mind, no matter how optimistic you are or