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China's caffeine war: Fast-growing Luckin brews up a threat to Starbucks

Jul 24, 2018

China's caffeine war: Fast-growing Luckin brews up a threat to Starbucks

Qian Zhiya may be Starbucks' worst nightmare. The 42-year-old Chinese entrepreneur says she is betting that her fledgling Luckin Coffee brand will eventually have more cafes in China than Starbucks, and she has Singapore's sovereign wealth fund and other investors bankrolling her plan. Luckin, which only ...

Tea and Tiananmen: Inside China's new censorship machine

Oct 1, 2017

Tea and Tiananmen: Inside China's new censorship machine

In a glass tower in a trendy part of China's eastern city of Tianjin, hundreds of young men and women sit in front of computer screens, scouring the internet for videos and messages that run counter to Communist Party doctrine. References to President Xi Jinping ...