China, Leicester, Switzerland and mixed messages

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner As break-ups go, the UK China split is looking as messy as they come – and its set to get much worse.  Only five short years ago the then Chancellor, George Osborne, was talking of a golden period in Sino-British relations and claiming that the UK was China’s best friend…

Tik-for-Tok retaliation

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive It comes as no surprise that India has banned up to 60 Chinese social media apps this week, including the app which has made celebrities of us all during lockdown, TikTok. Until now, the two hegemonic states have been staring one another down across the vast Asian continent for decades…

Letter from… Hong Kong

By Lolo Yu, Senior Consultant, Newgate Hong Kong  Hong Kong, a city on the brink of return  This week in Hong Kong, pressure around Covid-19 lost a bit more of its intensity. Bars re-opened, people have started to go out more, more face-to-face meetings, friends are visiting each other and it appears life is getting…

Trading in a new world order

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive Free global markets have come under pressure in the past few years, with President Trump in the White House and increasing concern about China’s position and practices. A phantom trade war between the two economic powerhouses has characterised a landscape which can be described as a Cold War 2.0. The…

Britain and the world begins to rethink their relationships with China

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner Amongst the many things that the Coronavirus has done, is the change in attitudes around the world to China. Change had already begun some years ago when Donald Trump rode public disquiet about China all the way to the White House.  America and Trump however were outliers, most countries generally…

Letter from… Hong Kong

By Fergus Herries, Senior Consultant at Newgate Asia Since the last time we wrote, a mood of uneasy calm has settled over Hong Kong, bolstered by four days of blue skies over the Easter weekend. Initial fears of a “second wave” of infections on the catastrophic levels seen in New York or London have so…

Letter from… China

As of 20 March 2020, according to the government there are 6,764 existing confirmed cases in China and no new infections of the coronavirus have been reported domestically for two days. Out of 34 provinces in China, 14 now report that they have cleared their remaining cases. As the situation in China seems like it…

Platinum China: A republic 70 years in the making

By Austyn Close ‘New China’ has been a miraculous success, comments Zhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief for China Daily. He’s reflecting on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) 70 years in power and the wonders the country has achieved for both its people and the world. Take Zhou’s view with a pinch of salt. It…

We are delighted to announce the launch of Newgate in Shanghai

In less than five years, Newgate Communications has established a global and regional public relations network that today rivals the traditional global players, whose market presence has dominated the Asia region for decades. The passion of Newgate’s leadership team and highly experienced professionals highlights a phenomenal growth story in terms of network expansion, high profile…

Understanding WeChat Business Marketing in China: Integration and Engagement

It is clear that Tencent’s multifunction WeChat app is an unmissable marketing tool, but businesses that believe they can use it in the same way as Facebook are missing out on its unique capabilities. Newgate’s Grace Zhang explains why an integrated approach to social media in China is a necessity for effective communications across multiple…