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Ralph Jennings

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Ralph Jennings lived in Beijing for seven years as a writer, editor, student, teacher and consumer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jennings has covered financial markets in Asia since 2008. His news reports often examine markets from a macro-policy angle on behalf of individual traders as well as institutional investors. In his view, China is a volatile country that can be understood only by watching it closely week in, week out, followed by analysis mixed with hands-on perspectives. He currently lives in Taipei, where he covers general and financial news in East Asia and studies for a master's degree. He also watches China from the unique perspective of Taiwan's traditional Chinese society with its unique economic and political experience.

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Backlash in China as Microsoft Cuts XP Support

By Ralph Jennings

Microsoft has ended security and support for the outdated XP system worldwide. The harsh reaction in China points to heavy local dependence on XP, which is cheaper than newer operating systems. Because of its market size, the country can get results by protesting against a multinational corporation -- particularly one with ambitions to grow.

08:45AM 04/14/14

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China's Answer to the iPhone

By Ralph Jennings

Xiaomi means 'small rice' -- and big business -- in China's smartphone market.

10:19AM 04/07/14

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South China Sea Flare-Up Pits China Against the Philippines Over Oil, Shipping Lanes

By Ralph Jennings

China and the Philippines are in a dispute over an area of the South China Sea. Oil reserves, fishing rights and half the world's marine shipping traffic are at stake.

11:09AM 03/31/14

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Will Taiwan Open to Chinese Investment, or Will Protests Derail the Deal?

By Ralph Jennings

'In the short term, share prices are going to be affected. If this situation at the legislature keeps going on goes on, share prices will be more heavily affected and foreign investors will start to waver.' -- Shih Hsiao-chi, economist, SinoPac Securities

08:30AM 03/24/14

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These Chinese IPOs Are Toxic

By Ralph Jennings

'Traditional funds might stay away, though you might see locals with some higher risk appetite. It's the risk you'd get with lack of transparency. You're not very sure of their background or level of experience.' -- Lorraine Tan, equity researcher, S&P Capital IQ

06:00AM 03/21/14

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Personal Security: Would You Be Safe in China?

By Ralph Jennings

"I have rarely felt threatened. Certainly people should take precautions like they would anywhere in the world, and they should know that they are a guest in this country, but by and large I would say China is safe for most foreigners." -- Scott Kronick, author of The Lighter Side of China.

06:00AM 03/14/14

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Chinese Brands Creep Up the World Smartphone Charts

By Ralph Jennings

Chinese smartphone brands have gained market share overseas through a combination of 'good-enough' quality and competitive pricing.

06:00AM 03/07/14

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How to Grab a Piece of China's Real Estate Boom

By Ralph Jennings

The Chinese real estate market has been zooming ahead. New relaxed regulations have stabilized prices a bit and may prove attractive to investors.

06:30AM 02/28/14

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Sunshine Despite Fear of Shadow Banking in China

By Ralph Jennings

Defaults are rare compared to the amount of lending in China.

06:00AM 02/21/14

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Aggressive Lenovo Might Be Worth Your Investment

By Ralph Jennings

First it bought IBM's laptops. Now it has Motorola Mobility's smartphone business. Both bring Lenovo more access to consumers in the U.S. and Latin America.

06:00AM 02/14/14

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