When we started this blog way back in 2006, readers would constantly ask us what they should be reading “to stay current on China.” With mainstream media coverage of China having greatly improved since then, we are asked this way less often these days, but this morning I got an email from a friend who recently left China after nearly two decades, asking me what he should be “reading for really good China analysis?”
I wrote back and suggested the following three newsletters, all of which are excellent. Full Disclosure: I have known and liked and respected all three of these writers for a long time, but none of them knew that I would be writing about their newsletters. I have chosen these newsletters based strictly on their quality. If I have left out any other great China newsletters, please let us know with a comment below.
Bill has been covering China since the 1990s and Sinocism is probably the most quoted China newsletter on the planet. Bill describes Sinocism as follows:
Nearly 100,000 investors, policymakers, executives, analysts, diplomats, journalists, scholars and others read Bill Bishop’s newsletters for valuable insights into China.
The newsletter provides analysis, commentary and curated links to the important English and Chinese news of the day.
Dexter was Bloomberg Businessweek’s Beijing bureau chief for many years and he spent more than two decades living in and reporting from China. He also wrote a great book on China, entitled, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism. Trade War provides mostly policy and economics analysis. Dexter describes Trade War as follows:
Trade War is a weekly publication that focuses on the Chinese economy and China’s business and political relationship with the world.
Dexter Tiff Roberts previously worked as journalist based in Beijing for more than two decades and is the author of The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, chosen by The Economist as one of the best books of the year for 2020.
Shannon is an American attorney who helps companies with China risk analysis and deep-dive due diligence. China Boss comes out at least weekly and it focuses on the China events that increase or (far less often) ameliorate China risks for companies and indviduals. Shannon describes China Boss as follows:
Welcome to China Boss News where I sum up the week’s most important news from my LinkedIn feed of over 80 weekly posts – that’s over 4000 news articles a year! – with China-related news stories in business, law, and geopolitics.
I’m an American attorney living near Brussels, Belgium, with my wonderful husband and a feisty West Highland terrier. I’m also a long-time China watcher, having studied Chinese language, politics and economics for over two decades. My LinkedIn posts are a collection of my research on COVID-19 recovery, China-related business and geopolitical trends, as well as new ways of understanding China.
I created China Boss News to keep track of the larger trends that can be used to draw conclusions about where things may be headed next.
4. All Three China Newsletters are Great
What makes all three of these newsletters so valuable is their in-depth China analysis. The news behind the news, if you will. Almost without fail, one or more of the articles from these newsletters will influence my views on China or become a topic of discussion with a client or with another of the international lawyers in my law firm.
I am going to preempt the question as to which newsletter I would choose if I had to choose just one, by encouraging all of you to read the free writings of all three of these newsletters for a few weeks and then decide which of them (all three maybe!) make the most sense for you.