• Discussing the Leading China - Global Business Issues

    The word “Ganbei” (干杯) means “Cheers” and in a Chinese business context is a gesture often done to celebrate a new deal or partnership. Our show recognizes that ongoing China - Global business integration issues are plenty, and there needs to be an outlet for real working professionals to discuss them in a thoughtful, patient setting. We're not looking to get into contentious discussions on the "why" part of this story, we are looking to focus on the impact and how businesses adapt. Let's get to it.

  • Interviews

    We dive deep into China business topics with leading executives.

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    Ker Gibbs

    US Investment in China 2021

     

    A wide ranging interview with Ker Gibbs, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. On how the new Biden Administration will impact US-China relations, the approach US companies are taking towards corporate investments in challenging bilateral times, and how Amcham helps advocate for US businesses at all levels and on both sides of the Pacific.

     

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    Liky Sutikno

    The China - Indonesia Trade Relationship

     

    When you look at the actual origin of investment flows, China is now the biggest investor in Indonesia. We talk with Liky Sutikno, Chair of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce in China (Inacham) on how Chinese (and other) manufacturers are diversifying out of China and finding relatively young and affordable Indonesian labor as an attractive alternative.

     

    And how Indonesia is implementing policies to make itself more competitive for such investments.

     

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    How Chinese Companies Succeed in India

    We interview Lishuang Chen, Founder & CEO at A&J Consulting International.

    On how Chinese brands are viewed in India these days, how Chinese companies localize, how management styles need to adapt, and how Chinese companies navigate India’s historically difficult regulatory environment?

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    Benny Chen

    Tapping China Synergies: Benny Chen of BAce Capital

     

    The joint Sino Indo Tekno series continues with Benny Chen of BAce Capital and formerly of Ant Financial. Alan Hellawell of the Indo-Tekno Podcast and Ganbei host Art Dicker dive into Chinese VC investment synergies in Indonesia and India.

     

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    Cameron Johnson

    We talk with Cameron Johnson, Partner at Tidalwave and APAC Strategy Head at FAO Global. Cameron was the Asia General Manager at a leading carbon fiber company for 7 of his 20 years in China. On managing supply chain concentration risk and how digitally-powered manufacturing is helping give Chinese manufacturers a continued edge.

     

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    Brian Fleming:

    The TikTok-Wechat Ban

    We are joined by Brian Fleming, Member at Miller & Chevalier and former DOJ attorney working on CFIUS cases. Brian and Art discuss the recent Executive Orders restricting the use of WeChat and TikTok and the ongoing discussions about a potential sale of TikTok and the concurrent CFIUS investigation.

     

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    Tyo Guritno

    Comparing the Podcast Markets in China and Indonesia

     

    The joint Sino Indo Tekno series continues with Tyo Guritno, founder of leading Indonesia podcasting platform Inspigo. Alan Hellawell of the Indo-Tekno Podcast and Ganbei host Art Dicker dive into a comparison of the two podcast markets.

     

     

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    Helen Wong

    The China-Indonesia Connection with Helen Wong

     

    In this first of a series of collaboration with our good friend Alan Hellawell's Indo-Tekno Podcast, we interview Helen Wong, Partner at Qiming Venture Partners on their investment strategy in Southeast Asia. Specifically on Indonesia and how China tech, business models, and other lessons learned from Chinese internet players are being applied to emerging markets like Indonesia now.

     

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    Momo Estrella

    We talk with Momo Estrella, Head of Digital Design at IKEA China. Momo was previously Senior Design Lead at IDEO in Shanghai.

     

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    We talk with the often-quoted authority on KOL marketing in China, Elijah Whaley, CMO at Parklu about how brands work with KOLs in China.

     

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    Paul Lin

    We talk with Paul Lin, long-time China resident and chair of the Marketing Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce. On e-commerce trends and how brands reach consumers before and after COVID-19.

     

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  • Roundtable

    A rapid fire discussion among long-time China hands on the hot issues of the day

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    More Chinese Company Delistings in the US?

    Will Chinese companies really be forced off of US stock exchanges because they cannot fulfill certain US audit review requirements? We’re now approaching a hard 3 year timeline for PCAOB to get access to audit working papers
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    We talk to the former Head of Enforcement for PCAOB, Claudius Modesti, who has negotiated this bilateral issue with China’s CSRC and Ministry of Finance in the past.

     

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    The Xiaomi Playbook

    Xiaomi recently won a case in US federal court to block implementation of a rule that would have prevented US persons from investing in their stock. The announcement of this rule had initially sent their stock plummeting.
     
    Xiaomi and Luokung, another company facing this rule, have now given other similar companies a playbook for pushing back. We talk with Tim O’Toole, a white collar defense and international trade lawyer at Miller & Chevalier. Tim has brought numerous cases before the same judge in federal court as the Xiaomi and Luokung cases, and he walks us through the rulings and what comes next.

     

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    How China's First Internet Companies Went IPO in the US

    The Variable Interest Entity. It’s the key to how all Chinese internet companies have been structured to go IPO outside of China for the last 20 years. We’ll get into the notorious Alipay – Softbank – Yahoo story and others where the VIE was center stage in that drama. With Ma Xiaohu, one of the leading early technology lawyers in China who along with a few others had to come up with all these wonderful structures 20 years ago to enable that first batch of Chinese internet IPOs to happen…

     
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    A Deep Dive on China's Automotive Industry

    On the heels of the Shanghai Automotive Show, we do a deep dive on the automotive industry and which types of players are likely to be winners and losers in the biggest global markets - China and the US.

     

    Bill Russo, Founder and CEO of Automobility Ltd and former VP for Northeast Asia at Chrysler.

     

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    A Deep Dive on China's Semiconductor Industry

    At the frontline of a global macro competition between two powers - we look at the China semiconductor industry and the challenges it faces to bring more of the value chain home locally and rely less on foreign suppliers. A bridge too far?

     

    Stewart Randall, Director of Operations and Global Lead for Electronics and Embedded at Intralink in Shanghai.

     

    Nalin Balan, Head of Sales and Business Development for Reality AI in San Francisco and former Head of IP Sales for Asia Pacific at Cadence Design Systems.

     

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    China Past and Future: A Foreigner's Perspective

    In this episode we lean on the experience of three foreigners who have done business in China for decades - Rich Robinson, Joanne Wood, and Dan Krassenstein. A wide ranging discussion on favorite China personal experiences, lessons to adapt to doing business in China, and how they see cross-border trade and investment trends with China going forward.

     

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    The Early Days of

    Airbnb China

    In the wake of the recent IPO, we interview three early members of the Airbnb China team on how Airbnb found and stuck to its core advantages against an array of local competitors. And how it managed to emerge as a rare Western tech startup success story in China.

     

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    The Future of Foreign Investment in China

    -Paul Lin - Brand Marketing Consultant at Xavor Corporation and Chair of the Marketing Committee at Amcham Shanghai
    -Nicolas Bahmanyar, Senior Consultant at LEAF, a French law firm in China
    -Thomas Greb, Partner at Olivar & Greb Capital Management

    We dissect the consumer, tech, and financial services sectors and give feedback based on what we are seeing with our actual clients here in China. We also unpack the latest Amcham Shanghai China Business Report and try to explain the reasons behind the trends in business climate satisfaction and concerns multinational companies are voicing here.

     

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    The Ant Financial IPO

    -James Hull, Founder of Hullx and co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast
    -Brian Fleming, Member at Miller & Chevalier, co-host of the podcast EMBARGOED!
    -Jemma Xu 许佳莹, Co-Founder at RedBlock Capital

     

    -James breaks down the business units of Ant and their competitive strengths.
    -Jemma walks us through China’s new digital currency, DCEP, as a potential threat.
    -Brian, on some of the past failures of Ant to expand into the US and potential to be on the US Commerce Department “Entity List”.

     

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  • Opinions & Transcripts

  • Our Mission

    Art Dicker

    Who We Are

    Art Dicker is the Host of "Ganbei" and Jason Hu is the Chief Advisor. Both are seasoned China business executives with a passion for producing high-quality business content that is both timely and useful.

    Jason Hu

    Our Mission

    Ganbei is trying to solve the problem that people all too quickly are forced to chose sides in the narrative on China’s growing importance in global business. We see mainstream and especially social media as contributing to this problem. The loudest voices on the airwaves and in cyberspace drown out the more nuanced ones.

     

    We fully believe that for every person arguing loudly on Linkedin or Twitter about China, there are 10 people watching on the sidelines thinking there has to be a better way. This show is for them.

     

    We stick to business – specifically how China's integration with the global business world will go in version 2.0, and what will the impact be to real companies and real people.

     

    We are not ignorant of the concerns being raised as part of this discussion. We are simply accepting that this is a dynamic which needs to be addressed as constructively as possible - and whether people like it or not - the business community plays a vital role at the end of the day to come up with real solutions that we need to co-exist.

     

    What makes us different from all the other China-focused shows? Simple. Many of our contributors have extensive experience living and working in China. While there is an important role for traditional media and podcast guests like journalists and experts from academia or Washington, D.C. think tanks to play, the vast majority of our contributors are themselves people with real businesses experience.

     

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