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Aug 4, 2015
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China hits the brakes on financial disruption

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China is hitting the brakes on disruption in the financial industry. The central bank is cracking down on the country’s $2 trillion online payments market, which is dominated by web giants Alibaba and Tencent. Proposed transaction limits and stricter security requirements appear to benefit traditional banks that have failed to keep up with online players. It’s a reminder that, even in China, there are limits to tech innovation.

Aug 4, 2015
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China hits the brakes on financial disruption

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China is hitting the brakes on disruption in the financial industry. The central bank is cracking down on the country’s $2 trillion online payments market, which is dominated by web giants Alibaba and Tencent. Proposed transaction limits and stricter security requirements appear to benefit traditional banks that have failed to keep up with online players. It’s a reminder that, even in China, there are limits to tech innovation.

Jul 27, 2015
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China worries start now for Visa and MasterCard

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Visa and MasterCard’s challenges in China are just beginning. The country is set to open its $7 trillion bank card market to outsiders. But once in, Visa and MasterCard will face an entrenched incumbent as well as unpredictable online rivals like e-commerce group Alibaba. The duo’s shares have soared since Beijing’s announcement last October, but the hype around gaining a foothold in the People’s Republic looks premature.

Jul 27, 2015
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China worries start now for Visa and MasterCard

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Visa and MasterCard’s challenges in China are just beginning. The country is set to open its $7 trillion bank card market to outsiders. But once in, Visa and MasterCard will face an entrenched incumbent as well as unpredictable online rivals like e-commerce group Alibaba. The duo’s shares have soared since Beijing’s announcement last October, but the hype around gaining a foothold in the People’s Republic looks premature.

Jul 20, 2015
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Breakdown: What’s driving China’s latest web boom?

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are her own.

The hottest acronym in Chinese tech is O2O, or “online-to-offline”. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are rushing to connect half a billion smartphone users to local services, from taxis to takeaways. There’s huge growth – but this is an expensive battle. Breakingviews offers a download.

Jul 16, 2015
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China’s rout may disrupt online finance pioneers

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China’s stock market rout may disrupt online finance pioneers. Regulators have targeted Hundsun Technologies, an $8 billion trading technology company backed by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, over the recent sell-off. Internet finance in China has long flourished in legal grey areas. If official attitudes are hardening, it will be riskier and pricier for Ma and peers to innovate.

Jul 16, 2015
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China’s rout may disrupt online finance pioneers

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China’s stock market rout may disrupt online finance pioneers. Regulators have targeted Hundsun Technologies, an $8 billion trading technology company backed by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, over the recent sell-off. Internet finance in China has long flourished in legal grey areas. If official attitudes are hardening, it will be riskier and pricier for Ma and peers to innovate.

Jul 14, 2015
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Micron would be a less-than-fab deal for China

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Micron would be a less-than-fab deal for China. Beijing sees its reliance on foreign tech as a strategic weakness, and has already struck several small deals to boost its own semiconductor industry. Yet a mooted $23 billion purchase of the U.S. memory-chip maker would be a much tougher proposition.

Jul 14, 2015
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Micron would be a less-than-fab deal for China

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Micron would be a less-than-fab deal for China. Beijing sees its reliance on foreign tech as a strategic weakness, and has already struck several small deals to boost its own semiconductor industry. Yet a mooted $23 billion purchase of the U.S. memory-chip maker would be a much tougher proposition.

Jun 29, 2015
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China taxi apps speed towards subsidy showdown

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China’s taxi-hailing apps are speeding towards a subsidy showdown. Local operator Didi Kuaidi is raising up to $2 billion less than a month after U.S. rival Uber said it will invest $1 billion in the People’s Republic. Both are battling for market share by spending heavily on subsidies for drivers. The question is whose investors lose patience first.