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Christopher Balding

Associate professor of business and economics at the HSBC Business School in Shenzhen

Chistopher Balding, PhD, is an associate professor of business and economics at the HSBC Business School in Shenzhen.

Christopher Balding
21 Feb 2019

China's bad jobs data

It's easy to see why officials want to paint a rosy picture of employment in China, but refusing to face up to the situation is only going to make their jobs harder.

21 Feb 2019
18 Dec 2018

Eternal dilemma

The central question about the meeting of top Chinese leaders this week is whether they will do what they want - or what the country needs.

18 Dec 2018 1
Eternal dilemma
24 Sep 2018

China's dodgy data

Questions arise about how China compiles its data and how investors should respond because, despite assurances to the contrary, the numbers don't add up.

24 Sep 2018 2
China's dodgy data
9 Jul 2018

China's savings problem

The problem with China may be that the Chinese probably do not have as much money to spend as the headline numbers would indicate.

9 Jul 2018
22 Jun 2018

Feeding China's consumption

While the official list of taxes and fees is high in China, the tax burden measured by government revenue is just 30% of GDP, below global averages.

22 Jun 2018
Feeding China's consumption
28 Dec 2017

State control

China's debt growth has moderated but is expected to worsen with foreign exchange and political concerns on the horizon.

28 Dec 2017
5 Dec 2017

China still lagging

Chinese firms have struggled to expand internationally, apparently because they are offering solutions to which there are no problems.

5 Dec 2017
30 Nov 2017

Death to micro-lending

Growth in micro-lending in China has been explosive but the business needs reforming of interest rates and loan quality, not abolition.

30 Nov 2017
Death to micro-lending
21 Nov 2017

China's Achilles heel

China has built a reputation of excellent students in high-level schools, but the truth is it has been cooking the books, and reality is not so bright.

21 Nov 2017
China's Achilles heel
4 Jul 2017

Let the sun shine

If China truly wants to stabilise its markets, regulations must promote timely, accurate and regular disclosure of information by companies to investors.

4 Jul 2017
Let the sun shine