About to take charge
Aug 17, 2018 (WiC 420)
“Production is going to be in China and they are going to control the world through energy”

Doron Myersdorf, the CEO of Israeli battery company StoreDot, tells the Financial Times that Washington’s policies are stopping the US from becoming a leader in battery making. Backed by BP and Daimler, StoreDot wants to build a factory in the US but said that tariffs and President Trump’s threat to block fuel economy standards for vehicles were not helping the local industry.

Interbanking agent
Jul 27, 2018 (WiC 419)
“We are not rivals to the banks; we are not predators; we are middlemen”

WeBank’s chief information officer Henry Ma tells the Financial Times that its business model does not seek to disintermediate banks. The loans the Tencent subsidiary makes to SMEs benefit from its Big Data credit scoring skills but it takes just 20% and syndicates the rest to local banks. “We partner with banks that otherwise would not be able to access these borrowers,” says Ma.

Strait talking
Jul 20, 2018 (WiC 418)
“We have the confidence and ability to keep a firm hold on the correct direction, work for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China”

President Xi Jinping uses conciliatory language during a meeting with Lien Chan, former chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the KMT. The South China Morning Post said voices have been growing on the mainland to reunify the two sides of the strait by force.

Tesla goes round the Bund
Jul 13, 2018 (WiC 417)
“I would just like to express an order of appreciation to the Chinese government”

Elon Musk’s comment on the news that Tesla had signed a deal with Shanghai’s Lingang district to house a wholly-owned electric car factory capable of producing 500,000 vehicles per year for the China market. The price of imported Tesla cars in China rose 20% this week due to tariffs sparked by the Sino-US trade war started by President Trump.