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. He currently lives in Taipei, where he covers general and financial news in East Asia and studies for a master's degree. He can be reached on Twitter at @Laowiseass, on LinkedIn at Ralph Jennings or on Google+ at Ralph Jennings.
In the coming years American restaurants will fight to keep their fry vats hot in China as economic growth cools, competition from local brands increases and Beijing considers food-safety regulations.
China's taking advantage of cheap oil to boost consumer spending, which is making air pollution there worse. For investors, there are ways to play both the problem and the solution.
The soft drink icon is following Snoopy and Hello Kitty in a branding gambit that could raise its food and beverage sales in a large but increasingly competitive market.
Chinese stocks have plunged over 5% the past week amid uncertainty over how far the government's cleanup campaign might go.
At first glance, the yuan’s inclusion in an international special drawing rights basket looks symbolic, but longer-term gains await portfolio investors.
China is opening up its over-the-counter market to foreign investment funds, though it may be a while before these funds decide to wade into this murky, thinly traded market.
China’s criminal probes will scare people into following the law, give the markets a cleaner image and show the world Beijing intends to support share prices.
China's president has been traveling the world to promote not just Chinese products but Chinese-run factories and big construction projects.
MSCI is about to add 14 Chinese companies to its China Index and Emerging Markets Index. But investors may have to wait a few months before seeing any price gains.
China expects its economy to grow 6.5% annually over the next five years, which means Chinese companies will probably have to depend more on business outside its borders.
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