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 U.S. president is standing by Riyadh after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It should ease pressure on Masayoshi Son’s Saudi-backed Vision Fund. A fresh $2 bln injection into South Korea’s Coupang also suggests unicorns aren’t getting bothered by the source of cash.
A 50 pct surge in quarterly sales confirms the success of the nearly $50 bln Chinese group's smartphones in India and beyond. Xiaomi is mainly about hardware. Boss Lei Jun's bets in video-streaming, fintech and other internet plays may prove to be costly distractions.
The $35 bln Chinese web retailer is expected to post another fall in quarterly profit. Its shares are down by nearly half this year. A rape allegation against boss Richard Liu has left a cloud over JD. Walmart and other big backers have good reason to urge him to loosen his grip.