EDM1 – Issue 433

Reverse gear: do slowing vehicle sales evidence flagging Chinese consumption?

Also: Kracht discusses Mittelstand’s view on China’s economy; battery problem for Gree’s boss; and why Renren’s exiting social media

Plus: Alibaba opens a robot-and-AI operated hotel; media instructed to stay positive; and why Chinese have been obsessed with jade for 8,000 years