Edward Tse

Edward Tse

Edward Tse is founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company, a strategy consultancy with roots in China assisting clients on global business and management issues. He previously headed Greater China operations for two major international management consulting firms for over 20 years, and is the author of The China Strategy and China’s Disruptors.

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The View | Foreign firms will have to adapt to China’s ‘common prosperity’

At a minimum, companies will need to comply with new policies and regulations. At the other end of the scale, even the fundamental nature of some businesses could be redefined.

At a minimum, companies will need to comply with new policies and regulations. At the other end of the scale, even the fundamental nature of some businesses could be redefined.

16 Sep 2021 - 2:30PM
The View | How China’s tech crackdown lays foundation for future growth

The sudden and drastic corrections could be painful for some as the red lines are repositioned and redefined in the push towards ‘common prosperity’. More start-ups and investors will benefit as long as they take into account the new thinking.

The sudden and drastic corrections could be painful for some as the red lines are repositioned and redefined in the push towards ‘common prosperity’. More start-ups and investors will benefit as long as they take into account the new thinking.

20 Aug 2021 - 4:49AM
Opinion | What the West needs to know about where modern China is headed

President Xi Jinping has emphasised the importance of ‘learning from history to create a bright future’. This epitomises how China is searching for its own brand of modernity, while keeping the ‘whole-of-nation approach’.

President Xi Jinping has emphasised the importance of ‘learning from history to create a bright future’. This epitomises how China is searching for its own brand of modernity, while keeping the ‘whole-of-nation approach’.

1 Aug 2021 - 1:00AM
The View | How Biden’s ‘build back better’ plan takes a page out of China’s playbook

Biden’s government clearly intends to play a big role in expanding US industry, and learning from China can be a better way to view the great power contest.

Biden’s government clearly intends to play a big role in expanding US industry, and learning from China can be a better way to view the great power contest.

29 Apr 2021 - 2:09AM
Opinion | How China became a land of inspiration and innovation for foreign investors

Foreign multinationals are coming to the realisation that China is not simply a market where profit can be made but rather is increasingly a place where new knowledge and competitive advantage for companies can be obtained. Its resilience is a result of its governance model, combining efficient top-down planning by the central government with dynamic, innovative entrepreneurship.

Foreign multinationals are coming to the realisation that China is not simply a market where profit can be made but rather is increasingly a place where new knowledge and competitive advantage for companies can be obtained. Its resilience is a result of its governance model, combining efficient top-down planning by the central government with dynamic, innovative entrepreneurship.

8 Feb 2021 - 1:19AM
Opinion | Greater Bay Area offers a much larger playing field for Hong Kong’s young talent

The Greater Bay Area is a natural place for our young people to venture into, to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by China’s innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Greater Bay Area is a natural place for our young people to venture into, to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by China’s innovation and entrepreneurship.

21 Dec 2020 - 5:40AM
Opinion | From copycat to tech trailblazer, China now inspires the West

With companies such as Ant, ByteDance, Huawei and Nio inspiring clones in the West, China is becoming an innovation epicentre. Rather than keep Chinese companies out, the West should make clear the areas of collaboration or protection.

With companies such as Ant, ByteDance, Huawei and Nio inspiring clones in the West, China is becoming an innovation epicentre. Rather than keep Chinese companies out, the West should make clear the areas of collaboration or protection.

9 Nov 2020 - 2:32AM
Opinion | TikTok ban: US should be building bridges, not walls, in data governance

The US should work with China to strengthen the global business and data governance system, rather than undermining it with arbitrary and disruptive measures, such as protectionist bans and forced company sales.

The US should work with China to strengthen the global business and data governance system, rather than undermining it with arbitrary and disruptive measures, such as protectionist bans and forced company sales.

10 Aug 2020 - 2:03AM
The View | Even with talk of a new Cold War, Chinese companies should seek stronger economic ties in the US

Despite the harsh rhetoric between Washington and Beijing, there are opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation at the local level. Chinese companies can boost bilateral relations by helping communities in the rust belt, for example.

Despite the harsh rhetoric between Washington and Beijing, there are opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation at the local level. Chinese companies can boost bilateral relations by helping communities in the rust belt, for example.

11 Jun 2020 - 3:52AM
The View | Will the coronavirus pandemic be the final nail in the coffin for China’s manufacturing dominance?

While some labour-intensive supply chains and those that target the US market may move out of China, sophisticated manufacturing clusters related to electronics and the internet of things are not easy to replicate quickly.

While some labour-intensive supply chains and those that target the US market may move out of China, sophisticated manufacturing clusters related to electronics and the internet of things are not easy to replicate quickly.

28 Apr 2020 - 10:25PM
The View | Post-crisis China will focus on public health and welfare. Business should be prepared for a sea change

In the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, China will want to radically improve its public health system and better integrate it into its smart networks, even as society explores new ways of remote working. Businesses can expect many radical new opportunities.

In the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, China will want to radically improve its public health system and better integrate it into its smart networks, even as society explores new ways of remote working. Businesses can expect many radical new opportunities.

24 Feb 2020 - 11:11AM
Opinion | Why the US should not try to thwart China’s blockchain and digital currency ambitions

China is racing ahead with blockchain tech and its own digital currency and, given the vast implications of this, needs to quickly establish international benchmarks and a clearer legislative framework. The US can hinder this or work together with China to establish global governance, manage the disruptions and harness the tech for global growth.

China is racing ahead with blockchain tech and its own digital currency and, given the vast implications of this, needs to quickly establish international benchmarks and a clearer legislative framework. The US can hinder this or work together with China to establish global governance, manage the disruptions and harness the tech for global growth.

18 Nov 2019 - 11:06AM
Opinion | The NBA and Apple cases show foreign businesses need to better understand China, and its boundaries

All countries have unique sensitivities, so the NBA and Apple should not be seen as victims who caved in to China. Many companies, including from the US and Japan, thrive once they adapt strategies tailored to China’s point of view

All countries have unique sensitivities, so the NBA and Apple should not be seen as victims who caved in to China. Many companies, including from the US and Japan, thrive once they adapt strategies tailored to China’s point of view

21 Oct 2019 - 2:19AM
The View | Under ‘one world, two systems’, US companies that stay in China must evolve

More US companies are staying in China than not, despite the trade war. But there is an increasing need to devise different strategies for China and the US, as China’s market conditions become more sophisticated and unique

More US companies are staying in China than not, despite the trade war. But there is an increasing need to devise different strategies for China and the US, as China’s market conditions become more sophisticated and unique

27 Sep 2019 - 4:14AM
Opinion | China and the US may be competing over AI, but they don’t need to engage in a race to the death

China’s governance model, the massive number of internet users and a generation of entrepreneurs are driving progress in AI. While China’s boom has provoked concern in the US, there are many areas where the two countries can collaborate.

China’s governance model, the massive number of internet users and a generation of entrepreneurs are driving progress in AI. While China’s boom has provoked concern in the US, there are many areas where the two countries can collaborate.

6 May 2019 - 1:00AM
Opinion | China’s new foreign investment law opens the door wider to overseas firms. But they’ll have to step up their game to make the most of it

While foreign firms have long clamoured for greater access to the Chinese market, they will need to catch up with Chinese innovators to reap the benefits of the more level playing field.

While foreign firms have long clamoured for greater access to the Chinese market, they will need to catch up with Chinese innovators to reap the benefits of the more level playing field.

23 Mar 2019 - 2:31AM
Opinion | How US trade war and other efforts to thwart China’s rise have actually accelerated its reform and innovation

The trade war has made a stronger case for China’s reform and innovation. However, foreign multinationals should also realise they can’t be complacent any more: they should learn to innovate in, and for, the Chinese market.

The trade war has made a stronger case for China’s reform and innovation. However, foreign multinationals should also realise they can’t be complacent any more: they should learn to innovate in, and for, the Chinese market.

4 Feb 2019 - 6:22AM
Opinion | Why China is too important a market for foreign companies to exit, especially as Chinese innovation takes off

Multinational companies are realising that they cannot ignore Chinese innovations and must embrace China-specific strategies. As China’s auto industry opens up, for example, new forms of partnerships among foreign, local, state-owned and private companies are being formed.

Multinational companies are realising that they cannot ignore Chinese innovations and must embrace China-specific strategies. As China’s auto industry opens up, for example, new forms of partnerships among foreign, local, state-owned and private companies are being formed.

19 Nov 2018 - 6:27AM
Opinion | Trade war or not, from AI to blockchain and new energy vehicles, China is on the front row for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

China is rapidly turning a corner towards becoming an innovation hub in advanced technologies, and the trade war with the United States will ultimately not prevent this.

China is rapidly turning a corner towards becoming an innovation hub in advanced technologies, and the trade war with the United States will ultimately not prevent this.

8 Oct 2018 - 3:18PM
Opinion | Dare to fail: why China’s women entrepreneurs are finding greater success

The enterprising women who start a business today tend to be motivated by the pull of greater opportunities rather than just trying to find a livelihood. They tend to start younger, are better educated, and are not afraid to fail.

The enterprising women who start a business today tend to be motivated by the pull of greater opportunities rather than just trying to find a livelihood. They tend to start younger, are better educated, and are not afraid to fail.

22 Aug 2018 - 8:13PM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s youth need to realise that a land of opportunity awaits across the border

To promote entrepreneurship, free movement of goods and services – and ideas – should be encouraged between Hong Kong and the mainland, along with more youth forums, training, and opportunities for innovators to interact and inspire others.

To promote entrepreneurship, free movement of goods and services – and ideas – should be encouraged between Hong Kong and the mainland, along with more youth forums, training, and opportunities for innovators to interact and inspire others.

19 Jul 2018 - 6:22AM
Ignore the rhetoric, US-China trade benefits both countries, and businesses have more to lose than gain from conflict

War between China and the US isn’t inevitable, and the two can avoid falling into the Thucydides Trap by focusing on shared goals.

War between China and the US isn’t inevitable, and the two can avoid falling into the Thucydides Trap by focusing on shared goals.

11 Jun 2018 - 1:03AM
An open China market is not a ticket to success for foreign companies, unless they change their mindset

Foreign companies in China need to rethink their strategies to survive in an increasingly competitive, agile and innovative business environment.

Foreign companies in China need to rethink their strategies to survive in an increasingly competitive, agile and innovative business environment.

20 Apr 2018 - 7:42PM
Chinese innovation with US characteristics? Maybe China and the West aren’t that far apart, in business at least

China may not have transformed into a capitalistic democracy, but its entrepreneurial sector, particularly hi-tech businesses, has many similarities to Silicon Valley

China may not have transformed into a capitalistic democracy, but its entrepreneurial sector, particularly hi-tech businesses, has many similarities to Silicon Valley

29 Mar 2018 - 6:21PM
China-US trade and investment is thriving in pockets on the ground, despite the policy frictions

While concerns about unfair Chinese trade practices and Chinese companies’ ties with the government are not totally unfounded, they ignore the real and growing business collaboration in some industries.

While concerns about unfair Chinese trade practices and Chinese companies’ ties with the government are not totally unfounded, they ignore the real and growing business collaboration in some industries.

7 Feb 2018 - 7:08PM
How China is leading the ‘new retail’ revolution

Market moves by Chinese firms like Alibaba, Tencent and JD.com show how key players are experimenting with various forms of tech-driven ‘new retail’ in the O2O world, making the industry more dynamic than ever.

Market moves by Chinese firms like Alibaba, Tencent and JD.com show how key players are experimenting with various forms of tech-driven ‘new retail’ in the O2O world, making the industry more dynamic than ever.

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