The Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, episode 74


Welcome to the 74th installment of the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, a weekly podcast that brings you the most important business stories of the week from China’s top source for business and financial news. Produced by Kaiser Kuo of our Sinica Podcast, it features a business news roundup, plus conversations with Caixin reporters and editors.

This week:

  • We note that Polish authorities arrested a Chinese Huawei executive in Poland last week on charges of spying.
  • We report that the Communist Party committee in charge of China’s prosecutors, courts, and police is probing a high-profile scandal involving documents that went missing from the Supreme People’s Court.
  • We hear that Elon Musk, the CEO of electric-car maker Tesla, visited Beijing last week after the company broke ground for its $5 billion factory in Shanghai.
  • We analyze new data about China’s fertility rate in 2018, which shows a grim picture of China’s future demographics.

In addition, we talk with Caixin Global managing editor Doug Young about Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. We chat with David Kirton, reporter for Caixin Global, about a controversial Singapore-based businesswoman, who became one of the new directors of a port operator based in Guangdong Province and now chaired by a former prime minister of Thailand. We also have a conversation with Noelle Mateer, Caixin Global’s Culture editor, about junk food in China — but specifically about Coca-Cola and its obesity policy.