Paul Triolo of the Eurasia Group is not letting up. After pointing out last week that Huawei cannot make its own chips because it needs chipmaking equipment from US suppliers, today he is quoted by SCMP as saying that Huawei’s collapse is a foregone conclusion and, when it happens, the rollout of 5G in Asia will be severely disrupted for many years.
Triolo may be right. He’s an expert on the industry. He also belongs to a research group based in Washington with close ties to the US government. We simply don’t know, but we may have to assume that he is correct. If so, there is one question nagging us about this scenario: Does the fact that China is so far ahead in its rollout of 5G mean that it will likely focus all efforts on ensuring its own rollout is finished before anywhere else that was supposed to be supplied by Huawei? Just how much Huawei equipment had been stockpiled ahead of the Trump ban? Enough to fill all its current 5G orders from customers around the world? Or just enough to finish off China’s networks?
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China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry, which has shrunk dramatically under a government crackdown, should get a welcome boost from the development of the Greater Bay Area, according to DBS Bank.
By 2030, P2P lending will enjoy an annual growth rate of 17% in the region, making it the fourth-fastest growing sector, SCMP reported, citing the Singaporean bank’s estimate.
“We see that P2P lending across China could reach one trillion yuan by 2030, and the Greater Bay Area with its particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, would be more open to the P2P concept,” said Ken Shih, senior research director at DBS.
“A capital-intensive industry upgrade is inevitable, and P2P platforms can meet the financing needs of new business formats – small and micro companies in particular,” he added.
The bank ranks P2P lending fourth in a table of estimated growth rates for different sectors in the bay area by 2030. Smart appliances top the list with a forecast 30 per cent growth rate, while P2P is just behind online advertising in third place.