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File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

China passes border law to formalise its actions at LAC. And Jack Ma is back

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
File photo of Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd | Flickr

Ant Group’s IPO remains in limbo a year after China crackdown on Jack Ma’s fintech giant

Bankers who a year ago were betting the IPO would get done this year or next, now say 2023 is more likely. Regulatory hurdles remain.
A pedestrian passes by a logo outside the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. headquarters in Hangzhou, China

China just fined Alibaba $2.8 billion dollars. It spells end of big tech’s romance with State

There was a time in China when big tech firms lived the dream. But in October last year, Jack Ma lashed out at China’s financial watchdogs and banks.
Congress candidates celebrate in Bathinda after the winning majority in Punjab Municipal Election on 17th February 2021 | Twitter/@SevadalPB

What Punjab civic poll results mean for Congress and others & crony capitalism, Chinese style

Shekhar Gupta explains key takeaways from Punjab civic polls where Congress made clean sweep & BJP emerged 'biggest loser'. And more on why Xi stopped Jack Ma's Ant Group's IPO.

Chinese state media celebrates top entrepreneurs. But not Jack Ma

Jack Ma, lionized at home for creating some of China’s largest corporations, didn’t make the cut in a Shanghai Securities News commentary lauding the leading lights of technology.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

Hui Ka Yan & Jack Ma to Zhong Shanshan — Why China’s billionaires aren’t as rich as they look

Looking at Chinese billionaires’ paper wealth can be misleading, because the bulk of their riches comes from their stock holdings.
A screen shows a video of Jack Ma addressing teachers via livestream at an annual event. Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

Jack Ma emerges for first time since China’s crackdown on Ant, Alibaba

Jack Ma addressed teachers via livestream Wednesday and talked about how he’ll spend more time on philanthropy. He didn’t mention his recent run-ins with Beijing.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

Jack Ma just has to survive Xi Jinping’s purge and return as China’s Gorbachev

It is unlikely that billionaire Jack, who was last seen publicly in late October 2020, would go into self-hiding. And even if he is ‘lying low’, it is only to dodge the Xi Jinping administration.
File photo of Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.- Jack Ma | Bloomberg

Xi’s push against Jack Ma sparks new threat for China’s tech giants

Beijing’s pursuit of Ant Group plays directly into the hands of China’s biggest critics in Washington. US authorities are now debating whether to ban investments in Alibaba & Tencent.
The Ant Group logo is displayed at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, China | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

In China, campaign-style law enforcement isn’t a new phenomenon

The roots of contemporary law enforcement campaigns can be traced back to the revolutionary period of the Chinese Communist Party, which often needed to rely on mass movements.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.