Author: Rachel Oakes

CHINA: TOO BIG TO FAIL? THE KINDLING OF A FUNERAL PYRE? ANBANG AND OTHERS FACE AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

RACHEL OAKES WRITES – When one company that is “too big to fail” can’t pay off its debts, that is no more than a data point. When two of these companies can’t pay off their debts, it’s a coincidence. When three companies from the Fortune Global 500 face pressing insolvency, you have found yourself in 2018 China. Will the Chinese government let these powerhouses fail? In February, Share (a.k.a. CIRC) took control of Anbang Insurance Group, ranked 139 on Fortune’s Global 500. The Chinese State Council stated that, “illegal business practices by Anbang Insurance Group may seriously threaten the...

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CHINA: WILL STARBUCKS SOMEDAY BE CUT DOWN TO THE TEA-BONE?

RACHEL OAKES WRITES – 2017 marked an important year for Starbucks in China–-but but not in the way the newspapers think. The Seattle based company has been plotting their move into China since before the start of the 21st century, and since 2012 has over quadrupled their number of store locations, with a new store opening in China every 15 hours. Starbucks “dominates China’s specialist coffee shop sector,” which is recorded as a $3.8 billion dollar industry. What is especially interesting is that four years ago, China had a primarily tea-drinking culture. The Chinese have grown tea for over...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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