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 Chinese giant defied a global phone slump with a 53 pct jump in 2018 sales to $26 bln, even after a sluggish fourth quarter. Bets on cheap-and-cheerful markets are paying off, as is a shift to pricier devices. Despite boss Lei Jun's internet ambitions, hardware still matters.
Activist Elliott wants $7 bln in payouts from the South Korean autos group. Though Hyundai's R&D track record is weak, it can’t afford to throttle investment in the latest technology. Better to back the conglomerate's stingier proposals and then push for another modest dividend.
After multiple Chinese trading-experiment flops, a new board for fast-growing tech and biotech startups looks more auspicious. Its rules strike a balance between liberalisation and discipline. The approach could improve mainland markets at the expense of New York and Hong Kong.