Date
23 August 2019

Betsy Tse

EJ Insight writer
  • Solar firms no longer sitting ducks in US trade war

    - Feb 18, 2014 11:11am
    Following Washington’s recent decision on an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into Chinese solar products, the US and China are preparing for another round in their long-festering trade war. While the outcome is uncertain, Chinese players are however...
  • Old-world stores fight for O2O place in new retail order

    - Feb 17, 2014 10:33am
    Brick-and-mortar department stores have been the big losers to online shopping but they’re not giving up just yet. Some are hoping online-to-offline promotions will stabilize some of the shifting consumer ground and channel shoppers to their...
  • Lenovo’s PC+ strategy making headway

    - Feb 17, 2014 8:11am
    The biggest message from Lenovo Group’s (00992.HK) latest quarterly report is that the firm’s so called PC+ strategy is making headway. Although the Chinese firm beat Hewlett-Packard last year to become the world’s largest personal computer...
  • Google may brighten Foxconn’s robotic future

    - Feb 14, 2014 8:40am
    Feeling the pressure from rising Chinese wages and suffering some negative publicity after a spate of worker suicides at mainland factories, Foxconn’s chairman Terry Guo Taiming {郭台銘} had boldly embarked on an ambitious automation program at...
  • Is JD.com IPO a good bet?

    - Feb 13, 2014 8:31am
    Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal are among the high-profile shareholders backing the expansion initiatives of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com {京東商城}. The billionaire tycoons, both early investors, are optimistic about JD.com’s...
  • Decoding the hype on new Yu’E Bao product

    - Feb 12, 2014 10:44am
    Alibaba Group’s fund management platform Yu’E Bao {餘額寶} has announced that it will launch on February 14 an insurance product exclusively for its users. The expected yield of the product is 7 percent, far more than...
  • Firms fail to see bright future in on-site solar projects

    - Feb 11, 2014 8:37am
    China wants to step up its solar energy program by offering subsidies for distributed solar projects, which carry the advantage of being close to electricity consumers and requiring less infrastructure support for transmission. But industry players...
  • Xiaomi to seize the mobile payment day? Pigs might fly

    - Feb 10, 2014 3:15pm
    When Xiaomi’s Lei Jun {雷軍} wants his staff to seize the day, he offers his favourite aphorism: “When the typhoon comes, even a pig can fly”. Lei and Xiaomi have already soared on the launches of...
  • Industry veteran sees lingering solar storm

    - Feb 10, 2014 11:59am
    Having experienced extreme weather in the solar power industry, Samuel Yang Huaijin {楊懷進}, the “godfather of the photovoltaic industry”, knows when a storm has blown over. The one that has been buffeting China’s solar sector may be...
  • Will China cramp Uber’s fast-luxe rides?

    - Feb 6, 2014 2:06pm
    San Francisco-based limousine app Uber is on the move in China, busily recruiting managers in all corners of the country over the last few months. The firm links passengers with drivers of luxury cars in Shanghai, Guangzhou...
  • How Snail Game is preempting the competition

    - Feb 5, 2014 10:50am
    How big a deal is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license? For mature players such as GOME Electrical Appliances (00493.HK) and Suning Commerce (002024.CN), it’s probably as big as it gets. But for a relative newcomer...
  • Lenovo has larger gameplan in Motorola deal

    - Feb 4, 2014 11:06am
    Lenovo Group’s (00992.HK) decision to buy Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. has received the cold shoulder from the market. Investors appear have some concerns about the US$2.9 billion deal, which is understandable, but taking all factors...
  • Are the dark days finally over for GCL-Poly?

    - Feb 3, 2014 10:45am
    China’s solar industry has experienced rough weather in the past couple of years amid overproduction and external trade disputes. While the problems are not over, things do seem to be looking up now for some players,...
  • Baidu closer to realizing O2O ambition with Nuomi buy

    - Jan 29, 2014 4:53pm
    Baidu is all set for a bruising battle in the O2O (online to offline) arena after acquiring the remaining stake in Nuomi (sticky rice in Chinese) from Renren.com last week. With its total ownership of the Groupon-like...
  • Fresh tie-up reignites hope in Tom Group’s e-commerce future

    - Jan 29, 2014 12:03pm
    It is rare for Tom Group Ltd. (02383.HK), a small pocket of tycoon Li Ka-shing’s business empire, to do so well sharewise. The counter has almost doubled since mid-January amid renewed hope a new venture with...
  • Solar trade war to put the shine on thin-film technology

    - Jan 28, 2014 10:09am
    A new round has officially begun this month in the solar industry trade dispute between China and the United States. While it is certain that no one will benefit from any protracted battle, the proposed action...
  • Scramble on as tech players look for cloud cover in China

    - Jan 24, 2014 11:39am
    The booming business of cloud computing services was one of the few bright spots in IBM’s latest quarterly report, growing at a stunning 69 percent year on year in sharp contrast to sluggish sales elsewhere in...
  • What does Softbank see in a little pea pod?

    - Jan 23, 2014 11:28am
    Earlier this month, Chinese app distributor Wandoujia {豌豆莢} received a US$120 million funding from a group of investors led by Japan technology behemoth Softbank. The market immediately turned its focus on this “little pea pod” (which is...
  • At any rate, will the new loan prime rate matter?

    - Oct 31, 2013 11:08am
    The People’s Bank of China has placed high hopes on its newly introduced loan prime rate (LPR) mechanism which is seen as an important step in the reform of the nation’s interest rate toward a more...

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