China’s WeWork for houses reveals rental loan risks

By Emma Lee

Feb 21, 20207 min read (Image credit: Danke)Attention from regulators spells more trouble for a highly leveraged, loss-making company that’s applied the WeWork model to China’s housing market.
Shenzhen’s finance and insurance regulatory watchdogs an…

E-commerce livestreams see outbreak-driven boost

By Emma Lee

Feb 20, 20202 min read A real estate agent in Guangxi Province livestreaming on Taobao Live. (Image credit: Taobao)E-commerce behemoth Alibaba’s livestreaming unit, Taobao Live, has seen rapid growth in February as offline businesses increasingly se…

E-commerce marketplaces boost aid to farmers during crisis

By Emma Lee

Feb 13, 20202 min read (Image credit: Shutterstock/ pick)Chinese e-commerce platforms are redoubling efforts to help farmers hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak to sell their overstock agricultural products online.
Why it matters: Connecting farmers w…