Robyn Mak joined Reuters Breakingviews in 2013. Previously, she was a Research Associate for the Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society in New York where she focused on US-Iran relations, US-Myanmar relations and sustainability issues in Asia. She has also worked as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and interned at several consulting firms, including the Albright Stonebridge Group. She holds a masters degree in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a magna cum laude graduate of New York University.
The beleaguered $40 bln Chinese ride-hailing group denied a report that it plans to go private a month after its U.S. debut. Changing course would be embarrassing and quite costly. But it may be the best way to get back in Beijing’s good graces amid a continuing crackdown.
The Galaxy maker partly blamed Vietnam’s virus resurgence for a 24% decline in mobile unit sales from the previous quarter. Low vaccination rates are thwarting the region’s recovery and raise fresh questions about just how reliable it can be for suppliers shifting out of China.
Investors wiped $54 bln from the Hong Kong-listed company’s value after it froze user sign-ups on its chat app. Tencent blamed a technical upgrade, reassuring few given regulators have used suspensions to punish other firms. As panic sets in, markets will get harder to calm.