What happened: 

The Fortune Global 500, based on revenues, remains the world’s best snapshot of the state of global business. 2020’s list has fewer companies based in the US than China. The Greater China total of companies is 133 vs 121 from America. This year, the top five is dominated by three Chinese companies (Sinopec Group, State Grid and China National) while other notable spots go to Huawei (in at No. 49) and Tencent Holdings (listed at No. 197). And, just narrowly missing the top 100, JD.com featured at 102 (up 37 places from 2019).

The Jing Take: 

Since the list started, China has gone from being absent (in the 1990s) to now topping the ranking. China’s economy has soared to the point that now even COVID-19 has failed to decimate its GDP to anything like the extents that other countries are experiencing.  

Notably, the ranking comes at the peak of US-China tensions, amid continued attacks on Chinese companies’ operations by Trump. The latest executive order threatening the app, WeChat, could well backfire given that Chinese consumers in the US use it to make payments. Given the dominance of domestic monopolies and resultant stranglehold on American innovation, Trump’s America contrasts sharply with China’s continued salvo. Can his tit for tat baiting really impact it? This latest ranking would seem to say no.

The Jing Take reports on a piece of the leading news and presents our editorial team’s analysis of the key implications for the luxury industry. In the recurring column, we analyze everything from product drops and mergers to heated debate sprouting on Chinese social media.

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