Money 

China’s wealth gap widens as more than half of its provinces missed growth targets

China’s economic development gap is widening with tougher times looming after more than half of its provinces missed their economic growth targets last year and the effects of the trade war with the US taking a toll on the domestic economy. Seventeen of 31 Chinese provincial-level divisions failed to meet their gross domestic product growth rate goals in a year where the national economy expanded at 6.6 per cent, its slowest pace in 28 years, according to a review of local annual economic reports by the South China Morning Post.…

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Ecommerce 

Chinese food delivery giant Meituan considers consolidating data from its different platforms after loss widens amid price war with Alibaba

Meituan Dianping, the Beijing-based on-demand services giant, is exploring the option of integrating all data from its multiple platforms – including food-delivery operation Meituan Waimai, local listing site Dazhong Dianping and bike sharing app Mobike – to “better manage all the data” and gain more leverage in the face of fierce competition across its business sectors. “The move could eliminate repetitive data,” a Meituan spokesman said. However, the integration of the data is not expected to diminish the overall number of users, he said. Meituan’s proposal comes after it posted…

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Global 

How the new economy of ideas widens social inequality and fuels populist movements around the world

Ideas can be embodied in human capital in ways that augment a person’s productivity. They can also be embodied in material capital, such as physical assets to boost productivity. But increasingly the most valuable forms of capital are intangibles ones that are not embodied in man, machine, or structures – they are disembodied. Successful economies and companies are now increasingly rich in intangible capital. The intangible capital-rich economy is driven by ideas. Paul Romer, this year’s Nobel laureate in economics, made ideas the central element of his theory of economic…

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