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China pledges $60 billion in funding support to Africa


Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Friday that the country will pledge a new round of funding support to Africa‘s development, worth $60 billion. Analysts had wondered if the pace of Chinese investment in Africa would slow, particularly in infrastructure projects, because of the slowing growth of the Chinese economy. The announcement, however, seems to indicate … Continue reading

China has a $1.2 trillion Ponzi finance problem


Chinese borrowers are taking on record amounts of debt to repay interest on their existing obligations, raising the risk of defaults and adding pressure on policy makers to keep financing costs low. The amount of loans, bonds and shadow finance arranged to cover interest payments will probably rise 5 percent this year to a record … Continue reading

Can China’s consumers save the world economy?


Long the place that makes stuff and doesn’t consume much, China is set to redress the balance. And thus, some say, rescue the troubled global economy. But it’s a stretch to think that Beijing’s plan — shifting the export-driven country from emphasizing manufacturing and infrastructure to relying on public consumption – will spread sweet prosperity … Continue reading

China keen to promote its idea for Asia-Pacific trade pact at Apec in Manila


Beijing will report back on a study for Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific just days after the release of details of a US-led agreement China will seek to push its own vision of an Asia-Pacific trade pact at a regional summit next week, senior officials said yesterday, just weeks after the release of a … Continue reading

The one thing holding back China’s yuan


While China may be the world’s second largest economy, the future of the yuan playing a bigger role in international markets is clouded by politics. Earlier this fall, the IMF postponed a scheduled update of the designated basket of reserve currencies, a basket that is used by member countries for Special Drawing Rights (SDR). Though … Continue reading

China’s economy is worse than you think


The unreliability of Chinese official economic data has become almost a cliche. A few years before he became China’s premier, Li Keqiang said that the country’s numbers were “man-made” and “for reference only.” If the top economic policy maker of a country says that the numbers aren’t reliable … well, you believe him But how unreliable? … Continue reading

A massive Chinese industry is flashing warning signs that the world cannot ignore


China’s steel industry, the world’s biggest, is in crisis. The disaster is the result of a combination of factors, including a slowing Chinese economy, falling commodity prices, and an industry loaded with debt. Earlier this month, state-owned enterprise (SOE) Sinosteel defaulted on a debt-interest payment of $315 million on bond notes maturing in 2017. It’s … Continue reading

China says it should join TPP, even though it wasn’t invited


China should join at an appropriate time the U.S.-backed regional trade accord the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as its broad aims are in line with China’s own economic reform agenda, an influential Communist Party newspaper said on Sunday. China is not among the 12 Pacific Rim countries who earlier this month agreed the trade pact, the … Continue reading

China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended


China provided instructions to the British government ahead of President Xi Jinping‘s state visit to London Oct. 20-23, advising leaders to refrain from raising the issue of human rights. China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, pointed out that good relations hang in the balance, and that Xi’s visit is expected to “herald a golden era … Continue reading

China’s ‘Silk Road’ initiative is at risk of failure


The Silk Road Initiative is the major project for Chinese President Xi Jinping. On every state visit and within every diplomatic forum, he has promoted his idea of “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR). Beijing wants to create China-centred infrastructure networks in order to expand its own economic and political influence in Eurasia. But the time … Continue reading

As old China slows, new China remains closed to foreign firms: ‘The worst time for multinationals’


As China’s old economy slumps, service industries from banking to telecommunications are poised to take up the slack. The catch for American and other foreign firms: They’re locked out of these new growth drivers. Overseas banks and life insurers have both seen their markets shares slip over the past decade, to 1.7 per cent and … Continue reading

For Hollywood, the road to China is littered with broken deals – the perils of doing business with China


Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg flew to Shanghai last summer to celebrate one of his biggest deals — a partnership with Chinese investors in Resolution, his new agency in Century City. Two hundred business executives, government officials, actors and journalists gathered at the swank Hotel Shangri-La to mark the occasion. Celebrities posed for photographs. Guests … Continue reading

Chinese companies face culture shock in countries that aren’t like China


Faced with slower growth at home and rising labour costs, Chinese entrepreneurs are seeking foreign markets as never before. But as they rush abroad, they are grappling for the first time with unruly trade unions, independent courts and meddlesome journalists. And for many, navigating the unfamiliar waters of multiparty politics and confronting the power of … Continue reading

China concerned that India shows no clear interest in the New Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.sohu.com expresses China‘s concern that India, the largest country in South Asia, still fails to show any clear interest in China’s Silk Road economic Belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road, despite China’s repeated invitations. The projects, … Continue reading

China not fit for global leadership


Australia’s top public servant has dismissed any prospect of China leading the world, saying the economic giant is neither willing nor able to solve global problems. Michael Thawley, secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, said China had shown itself to be more interested in challenging the existing order than building a better one. … Continue reading

Western companies are being forced to figure China out all over again as sales plummet


Foreign companies have long known that China’s economic slowdown—now upon us—could hit their earnings hard. They just didn’t expect they’d be hit by changing consumer buying habits and a rise in Chinese competitors at the same time. Suddenly, foreign brands are finding it a lot harder to convince consumers in the world’s most populous country … Continue reading

3 helpful tips for dealing with vexing Chinese negotiating tactics


As a film producer and consultant who works extensively in China, I am often confronted with the vexing challenge of making deals with savvy Chinese negotiators. I have found the advice offered by Steven Dickinson, an attorney with the Seattle-based law firm Harris Moure, to be extremely helpful in confronting the business negotiating tactics that … Continue reading

Why western companies fail in China


Many western companies try to expand their business to China’s nearly 700 million internet users. Some companies succeed and get tremendously rewarded, but many more fail. I previously wrote an article about what, as I see it, Chinese startups should change to perform better in Western markets. In this article, I will show the other … Continue reading

This is how China is trying to save its economy


China has had 35 years of hypergrowth, but now it’s over. It’s going to have to settle for really, really good growth instead. But that’s still going to be hard now that fewer Chinese are working-age, fewer people are moving to the cities and, most of all, now that China has a debt bubble it’s … Continue reading

Pakistan commits 10,000 military to protect Chinese workers, as China seeks to build direct path to Indian Ocean


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Pakistan is regarded as a violent, lawless and run-down place with great risk of infiltration by Islamic extremists. It is in economic difficulties as few are willing to take a risk by investing in it. However, according to quanzhan.com’s report on April … Continue reading

The Domino Theory: Asia’s growing China problem


Asia has a China problem. Beijing has just initiated its biggest cut in bank reserve requirements since 2008, a move that underscores just how worried it is about its economy. But the cut is also a stark wake-up call for neighbours that have gotten used to riding China’s boom. For years, China’s steady growth served as a welcome antidote … Continue reading

Future growth of India and China to be tuned by Japan


The gear shift of Asia’s growth in the decades to come is in the hand of Tokyo as Japan is in control of the formation of the emerging India-China-Japan (I+C+J) power structure in Asia. In its “World 2050” research report, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggested that “… in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms … India should become … Continue reading

China and Africa forge new trade alliances on ancient routes


Africa Brings New Trade and Challenges to World Economies. China and India’s new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa—home to 300 million of the globe’s poorest people and the world’s most formidable development challenge—presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. These two emerging economic “giants” … Continue reading

China’s emerging cities offer a land of opportunities for foreign investors


While looking at the opportunities in the Chinese markets, many companies and observers are lately focusing on the so called “second-tier cities” that offer huge business chances compared to the traditional urban centres that drove the development in the last decades. 2014 was a great year for the Chinese economy: a slower but solid 7.4% … Continue reading

China’s real GDP growth rate plummets to 1.7 percent, not the 7.4 percent reported by the government


Diana Choyleva of Lombard Street Research, who produces an “unmassaged” calculation of China’s true economic growth, just reported that China’s fourth quarter GDP growth plummeted to 1.7 percent, versus the official 7.4 percent rate. According Choyleva, “Dire data out of China are competing head-on with the Greek political drama as the most destabilising factor for … Continue reading

Britain, Germany, France, Italy and others considering joining China-led investment bank, against US advice


The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank, after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach … Continue reading

Southeast Asia attracts more foreign direct investment than China for second year


Southeast Asia’s major economies drew more foreign direct investment combined than China for the second straight year in 2014, as growth in their giant neighbour cooled. But by country, inflows into the region were uneven, swayed by political change and the varying costs of doing business. Overall FDI into Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand … Continue reading

China likely to end up as former would-be superpower


Forecasts for China to surpass the US as the world’s main economic power are misplaced. So says an observer who foresaw Japan’s eventual demise a year before its land-price bubble began to burst. “The vulnerabilities in China today are very similar to the vulnerabilities in Japan,” said Roy Smith, 76, who was a Goldman Sachs … Continue reading

As China slows down, Philippines stands to win foreign investment


The Philippines, a nation long in need of industrialisation, is taking steps this year to pull investment away from Asia’s manufacturing centre: China. And some multinationals are already giving the Southeastern Asian archipelago a chance. Manila‘s ambition to divert foreign investment intended for China has lured electronic hardware manufacturers such as Seiko Epson (SEKEY) and Lexmark International … Continue reading

Microsoft closing two China factories and relocating to Vietnam; another 9,000 jobs lost


Microsoft will close two Chinese factories that it acquired when it bought Nokia’s handset business in April 2014, cutting 9,000 jobs.. The report by MarketWatch said the two factories were in Beijing and Dongguan, and that some equipment and production would be shifted to Vietnam. The two factories were picked up by Microsoft when it … Continue reading

China’s startup scene: the new companies to watch


While everybody focuses on the success of Xiaomi, the Chinese success story of a startup founded in 2010 that sold over 61 million devices in 2014, there’s a growing startup scene that is definitely reshaping the international scenario of the tech industry. Xiaomi is developing its international expansion, mainly focusing on South-East Asia, India and … Continue reading

Can China break the vicious circle of economic slowdown and foreign capital exodus?


Is China’s economic slowdown causing the foreign capital exodus or vice versa? It is like the old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Let’s look at both scenarios. Economic slowdown has caused capital exodus. Taiwan media Want China Times says in its report “Foreign manufacturer exodus from China”, “With the Chinese economy … Continue reading

Foreign capital exiting China at an accelerated pace


With the Chinese economy slowing down and its population dividend diminishing, foreign capital has been exiting the market at an accelerated pace, leading to concerns over a possible large-scale capital flight which may impact domestic banking capital and forex reserves, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. A recent case in … Continue reading

China’s wage inflation forcing foreign firms to look at Southeast Asia


The economic turbulence in China has another hidden layer to it – losing jobs to Southeast Asia as multinational companies relocate their manufacturing units to those countries as a way to enhance cost efficiency. “I definitely think Southeast Asia is a threat to China’s job market,” said Christine Wright, Asia managing director of recruitment agency … Continue reading

The Russian Far East: Russia’s land, China’s funds


The Russian Far East has always been a strategically important region to Russia because of its rich mineral resources and access to the Pacific Ocean, though it is largely neglected and underdeveloped compared to other regions in Russia.  More than 66 percent of Russian gold production comes from six eastern regions, including Amur, which is … Continue reading

Japan, US, ASEAN direct investment in China drops dramatically, as China considered less attractive


Japan‘s direct investment in China in 2014 dropped 38.8 percent from the previous year to $4.33 billion, the Commerce Ministry said Thursday. The plunge, which compares with a decline of about 4 percent in 2013, reflects soured bilateral relations over territorial and wartime historical issues, as well as rising labour costs in China. In addition, … Continue reading

China’s boom is over, and here’s what you can do about it


The powerhouse that seemed ready to propel the global economy for decades is now stuck in a period of slowing growth. Here’s what that means for your portfolio Every so often an investment theme comes along that seems so big and compelling that you feel it can’t be ignored. This happened in the 1980s with … Continue reading

Sri Lanka’s new president bids farewell to China’s dominance in Sri Lanka; thwarts China’s plans in Indian Ocean


Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa just conceded defeat to his one-time ally, Maithripala Sirisena, in an upset that will have an impact far beyond the teardrop-shaped island and its 20 million residents. Sri Lanka currently has a limited impact on global affairs, thanks in part to an economy crushed by years of civil war. Nevertheless, it … Continue reading

China is bailing out the world’s teetering oil producers – on terms that could cripple them


Oil-exporting nations are facing budget crises, political instability and social upheaval thanks to the cratering of crude oil prices in recent weeks. Enter China. Despite an economic slowdown of its own—which has been a factor in plunging oil prices—Beijing is stumping up billions of dollars in loans to many of these countries, in exchange for what some analysts … Continue reading

China’s charm offensive: $3 billion attempt to buy good relations with South East Asia


After his successful charm offensive in central and eastern Europe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directed the same offensive at South East Asia. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua said in its report yesterday that Li has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand … Continue reading

Could a Russia-China alliance save Russia from collapse?


As soon as the US began to adopt its policy of a pivot to Asia to encircle China, China switched to Russia’s side by joining Russian veto over Syria issue. China followed Sun Tze’s teaching in The Art of War, that subduing the enemy by diplomacy is the second best strategy. I regard it as … Continue reading

Why China keeps throwing trillions in investments down the drain


A recent study performed by two economists affiliated with a Chinese state agency found that China’s state investments have becoming alarmingly wasteful and ineffective. There are two indisputable facts about China’s mammoth investments in its infrastructure and factories. One, they are a growth engine, accounting for roughly half of the country’s GDP increase since 2000. … Continue reading

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia


As Japan and the US will not allow China to increase its stake in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank, China set has set up a multinational rival bank called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 21 countries in the region, all of them except Japan, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea, attended the … Continue reading

China working hard to woo India; Russia sees chance for new cold war with America


Chinese President Xi Jinping is showing China’s goodwill in India, especially China’s desire to resolve its border dispute with India peacefully and maintain peace along the disputed border so the dispute can be solved. Russia wants a Russia-China-India alliance to counter the U.S. It seems that there is no way to form such an alliance … Continue reading

Australian political leader calls Chinese government ‘mongrels’ and ‘bastards’ who ‘shoot their own people’


Clive Palmer has launched an extraordinary attack on China’s government, calling them “mongrels” who “shoot their own people”. The head of the Palmer United Party was being asked about his legal battle against a Chinese state-owned company on the ABC’s Q&A program last night. Mr Palmer accused the Chinese government of wanting to take over … Continue reading

China’s protectionism, unpredictable laws, unreliable suppliers and intimidation tactics create uncertainty for foreign companies


It’s hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of “monopolistic behavior” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organisations that dominate their particular sectors? I have no inside intelligence on whether the tech giant Bill Gates … Continue reading

A new power structure in Asia: India + China + Japan


India under the leadership of Narendra Modi may be able to ease the symbolic tension between China and Japan, and also rise quickly to join them to co-lead a new age of politico-economic vicissitude in East-to-South Asia in the wake of the diminishing influence from the United States. Geo-economics is the foundation of this emerging … Continue reading

Multinationals invest less in China because of market access barriers


Multinational firms are planning to invest less in China because of market access barriers and slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy, a U.S. business lobby said on Tuesday. China’s economy expanded 7.4 percent year-on-year in the January-March quarter, its slowest pace in 18 months. Concerns over market access and slower growth are greater this … Continue reading

Venezuelan state’s economic response to protests: Rationing plus Chinese and Russian loans to float a liberal dollar market


As protests continue against Venezuela’s faltering “oil revolution,” the political strategy of the Chavista administration is striking for its intransigence. President Maduro has refused to recognise any grievances by students or other protesters. He calls protesters “fascists” and blames them for all the ills of the economy.  Protests are attacked by the national guard and often by … Continue reading

45,000 more rich Chinese waiting to move to Vancouver, Canada


Over 60pc seeking Canadian wealthy investor visa are from China and want to live in British Columbia’s main city, data shows A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada’s immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in … Continue reading

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