Dec 25, 2021 05:00 PM

Weekly Must-Read: How China’s EV Battery King Is Defending Its Throne

The Caixin Must-Read newsletter brings you the best of our coverage over the past week, handpicked by our editors.

# Cover Story #

How China’s EV Battery King Is Defending Its Throne

CATL keeps the pressure on upstart rivals with billions of dollars of investments while dramatically expanding its business footprint

# Business #

In Depth: Aggrieved Car Owners Mull False Advertising Suit Against Chinese Electric-Car Maker

Disgruntled Ora Good Cat owners pile pressure on parent firm Great Wall Motor, seeking redress and more compensation for a misleading ad

# Economy #

In Depth: How One Chinese Province Is Struggling to Deal With Its Debt Mountain

Guizhou is one of the country’s most heavily indebted regions, but unlike its richer counterparts, has few real options to tackle the problem

Chinese Property Market’s Liquidity Struggles Continue Despite Signs of Policy Easing

More measures to support real estate are needed to bring financing, sales and land purchases back to normal, analysts say

China’s Local Governments Roll Out Subsidies to Juice Sales in Struggling Property Sector

# Finance #

In Depth: How Private Equity Tycoon Wang Chaoyong’s Dreams Collapsed

Financier with a glittering resume stumbled into a debt crisis amid tightening government oversight before his arrest on embezzlement charges

# World #

As Southeast Asia Covid Lockdowns Lift, Cost of Shipping From China Spikes to 10 Times Pre-Pandemic Rate

Demand booms amid easing pandemic restrictions, ports grow congested and freight companies run out of ships, driving up costs as much as 10-fold

# Opinion #

With Speculation Curtailed, the People’s Housing Needs Remain a Priority

The allocation of land for residential, commercial and public utility use in cities should be closely linked to employment, resident population or the number of people who are covered under insurance

# China #

In Depth: China’s Tutoring Industry Scrambles to Survive After Reforms Close Book on Lucrative Business Model

No longer allowed to offer courses on K-9 core curriculum, after-school education companies turn to less profitable subjects

Record $210 Million Fine Fires Warning Shot Over Livestreamers

Heavy tax evasion penalties for top performer Huang Wei send a message to the booming industry as her online accounts are shut down

China Fines Two Livestreamers $14.6 Million for Tax Evasion

# Weekend Long Read #

Former Chinese Central Banker on Solving Challenges to International Trade

Ex-PBOC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan breaks down China’s views on international trade reform, covering areas such as cyberspace governance, intellectual property rights and protectionism

# Gallery #

China Mulls Law to Protect the Yellow River


# Podcast #

China Targets Sexual Harassment and Pick-Up Artist Training

Draft rules aim to strengthen women's protection against workplace discrimination; Q&A platform Zhihu is in hot water for publishing ‘illegal information’; and Beijing slaps sanctions on four U.S. individuals in response to Xinjiang penalties

China Drafts Rules to Outlaw Pick-Up Artists, Workplace Sexual Harassment

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