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07.14.16

Business Strategies for China’s Brewing Crisis

Not a single, modern-day entrepreneur or investor in China has had to experience a substantial and painful economic slowdown, let alone a recession. The reason is simple: Since the nation’s reform and opening campaign began in 1978, China has never...

Uncertainty in China-Europe Relations

Paul Haenle & François Godement from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Economic relations between Europe and China remain highly salient due to the potential for increased trade and investment, as well as future cooperation on projects stemming from the Belt and Road initiative. Yet, in this podcast with Paul Haenle,...

Netflix Eyes China as New Market

Fortune
Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. by moving into 130 new markets worldwide.

Caixin Media

06.30.16

Chinese Investment in Euro Soccer Soars to Meet President’s Goals

Chinese companies are buying soccer teams across Europe, echoing the Beijing government’s ambitious plan to turn the nation into a soccer powerhouse.The powerhouse plan, which has backing from President Xi Jinping, has led to nine deals inked by...

China Business Climate Draws Fire From U.S. Treasury Secretary

William Mauldin
Wall Street Journal
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says “high-standard bilateral investment treaty” would strengthen climate for U.S. businesses in China.

Uber Rival’s $28 Billion Valuation Shows Size of China’s Ride-Sharing Market

Paul Mozer and Michael J. de la Merced
New York Times
Recent fund-raising rounds in the ride-sharing market show that China is one of the most expensive markets in the world.

Insurance Firm China Life Puts $600M into Didi Chuxing Months after Backing Uber

Jon Russell
TechCrunch
It provides an equity investment of $300 million, and a separate “long-term debt investment” of RMB 2 billion ($305 million).

Apple Raises Bet on China as It Faces Scrutiny From Beijing

Paul Mozur and Mike Isaac
New York Times
Apple invests $1 billion in a Chinese ride-hailing app to show the Chinese government it is interested in supporting local business.

China’s Growing Appetite for African Real Estate

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Amid a prolonged economic downturn and a weakening yuan, Chinese investors have turned their focus to buying overseas assets. While there are a number of complicated reasons behind the massive capital outflows over the past 18 months, the fact...

China’s Most Aggressive Dealmaker Started at Home, Now Reaches Overseas

Joe McDonald
Associated Press
Ren Jianxin recently offered a $43 billion bid for Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta.

When China Sneezes, Does Africa Catch a Cold?

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Chinese government officials have been on an all-out public relations offensive across Africa lately to reassure increasingly nervous political and business leaders that even though China’s economy may be slowing it will not affect the P.R.C.’s...

China, U.A.E. Set Up $10 Billion Joint Investment Fund

JEREMY PAGE
Wall Street Journal
Deal to strengthen link between China and Middle East will focus on direct equity investments in both regions.

FOCAC 6: A China-Africa Lovefest

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit concluded in Johannesburg on December 5 amid an almost giddy atmosphere. All sides in this relationship seemingly walked away with more than what they had anticipated.Africa provided a welcome...

China’s Xi Pledges $60 Billion for Africa Development Over Three Years

PATRICK MCGROARTY
Wall Street Journal
China’s trade with Africa grew to $222 billion last year, making it the continent’s top trade partner for the sixth straight year.

Sino-Indian Border Talks Not Enough to Defuse Tensions

Sarah Watson and John Chen
Diplomat
Unless India and China can take positive actions, they risk drifting into a growing conflict on their disputed border.

China’s Plan: First Manchester City, Then Hosting And Winning The World Cup

Tom Phillips
Guardian
Chinese consortium thinks involvement will benefit nation’s football.

China's Xi In Zimbabwe To Sign Power, Infrastructure Deals

MACDONALD DZIRUTWE
Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the first visit by a Chinese leader since 1996.

China-Africa Summit: What To Look For Beyond The Hype And Hypocrisy

JOHN J STREMLAU
Mail & Guardian
The Africa-China summit will provide an opportunity to see how the Chinese President is responding to democratic developments in Africa.

China Set to Pledge More Aid to Africa Ahead of Xi's Trip

SUI-LEE WEE
Reuters
China is set to announce new aid to African nations when President Xi Jinping visits Zimbabwe and South Africa next month.

Chinese Investment in Africa Falls by 40%

Saibal Dasgupta
Voice of America
China’s Commerce Ministry publicly admitted that Chinese investments to Africa had fallen by 40 percent in the first half of this year.

Challenging the Myth of Chinese Land Grabs in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Among the most durable myths surrounding the China-Africa relationship is the fear that the Chinese government and private enterprises are buying vast tracts of African farm land and have plans to transplant millions of Chinese peasants to live and...

What to Expect at this Year’s Mega China-Africa Summit

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
The sixth Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that will be held in December in Johannesburg comes at a critical time in the Sino-African relationship. The combination of China’s slowing economy, a major slump in global commodity prices, and a...

Features

10.27.15

Rich Man, Pu’er Man

Christina Larson
“These men always have machetes,” shouts the driver. Through trees along an unpaved road, he spots a ramshackle hut, slows down, and warns his passengers: this is a checkpoint. It’s the only way to enforce rules in this part of the jungle, at the...

America’s Society Is Wealthier Than China’s – And It Doesn’t Matter

Christopher A. McNally and Denny Roy
Diplomat
The large gap in private wealth has limited significance.

In the Race for Africa, India and China Aren’t All That Different

Lily Kuo
Quartz
During the third India-Africa Summit, Indian officials are working hard to differentiate their country from China.

Many in the West Fear Chinese ‘Aid’ to Africa. They’re Wrong. Here’s Why.

Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Brad Parks...
Washington Post
Western pundits have a narrative about China’s activities in Africa.

The Real Story Behind China’s Alleged Conquest of African Farmland

Deborah Brautigam
Quartz
“A common perception is that China is supporting Chinese enterprises to acquire land abroad as part of a national food security strategy.”

A Remote Corner of China Wants Access to the Sea. The Obstacle Is North Korea.

Anna Fifield
Washington Post
You can almost smell the sea air from here, at the point where China, Russia and North Korea meet.

Osborne Praised for 'Not Stressing Human Rights' in China

BBC
The Global Times praised Mr Osborne's "pragmatism regarding his China policy".

China Looks to Hollywood

Nina Huang
Diplomat
Chinese firms are stepping up their investments in Hollywood, to protect their own market share.

Chinese Investment in Africa: Surprisingly Small, but Growing Fast

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
It’s a widespread misconception that just because China is Africa’s top trading partner, it’s also the continent’s largest foreign investor. In fact, China ranks seventh overall in FDI, far behind the United States, long Africa’s largest source of...

At Sea in the City

Economist
When building cities in China, someone forgot the drains.

The Real Risk Behind China’s Stock-Market Drama

Evan Osnos
New Yorker
More recently, the Party has offered annual targets for economic growth that almost always bear out, no matter what sort of creative policy, or accounting, steps are required

China's Richest Lost $195 bn In One Month

Liyan Chen
Wall Street Journal
The country’s stock market has been a wild ride this year, especially for millions of rookie retail investors who rushed to open their accounts for the first time.

China Takes More Steps to Stop ‘Irrational’ Selling'

Grace Zhu
Wall Street Journal
Chinese government agencies step up efforts to shore up China’s plunging stock markets that the securities regulator described as facing panic and irrational selling.

Why is China's Stock Market Crashing?

Bo Zhiyue
Diplomat
The volatility of the stock markets has become a political issue but political intervention has not been effective. It is likely that Chinese leaders will find ways to boost the confidence in the Chinese stock markets which could backfire.

Why are China’s Stock Markets so Volatile?

Josh Noble
Financial Times
Home to the world’s largest equity markets after the US, China is still extremely volatile with benchmark indices often swinging as much as 10 per cent in a matter of hours.

Chinese Stocks Fall Into a Bear Market

Keith Bradsher
New York Times
China’s central bank cuts interest rates and fails to stem the route in Chinese share prices; the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets closes with steep losses.

China Invests in the World

Shannon Tiezzi
Diplomat
China’s outward foreign direct investment for the first five months of 2015 is up 50 percent from the same period in 2014, says Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Nicaragua Canal Protest: Thousands Oppose Atlantic-Pacific

BBC
Some protesters, who were mostly farmers, accused President Daniel Ortega of selling Nicaragua to the Chinese.

Conversation

06.11.15

How Will Beijing Treat Myanmar’s Symbol of Democracy?

Jurgen Haacke & David Mathieson
Burmese opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent 15 years under house arrest in Myanmar, is visiting the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing for five days this week, through Sunday. Also courted by...

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Visiting U.S. to Lure Businesses Into China

Spencer Soper
Bloomberg
Ma is looking for revenue beyond China, where the nation’s economy is projected to grow at its slowest pace since 1990.

Chinese Stocks Surge Most Since 2008 for World’s Biggest Rally

Kyoungwha Kim
Bloomberg
Rally buoyed by optimism around government plans to boost foreign access to the nation’s markets.

HP Sells Control of China Units for $2.3 Billion to Tsinghua

Tony Robinson
Bloomberg
HP Sells Control of China Units for $2.3 Billion to Tsinghua http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-21/hp-says-tsinghua-holdings-to-buy-control-of-chinese-asset

This American VC Thinks He’s Getting Out of China Just in Time

Bloomberg
The 52-year-old began venture investing in China in 2009 and ended up putting money into 50 startups.

China, Russia Prepare $2 Billion Agricultural Investment Fund

Chuin-Wei Yap
Wall Street Journal
The fund will develop agricultural projects in the two countries and set up a free-trade zone between their key farming belts.

China Film Group Takes Role in Hollywood

Ben Fritz and Laurie Burkitt
Wall Street Journal
With a ten percent stake in ‘Furious 7’ China Film Group had, for the first time, an incentive to award an import a good release date.

China’s Biggest Chip Maker’s Possible Tie-Up With H-P Values Unit at Up to $5 Billion

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
Tsinghua Unigroup in talks to buy a controlling stake in Hewlett-Packard unit H3C Technologies.

The Chinese Billionaire Zhang Lei Spins Research Into Investment Gold

Alexandra Stevenson
New York Times
Starting 10 years ago with $20 million from Yale’s endowment, Zhang was an early backer of Tencent and JD.com.

Caixin Media

03.30.15

Plan for Next Five Years Must Free Up Disposable Income

The government's 12th Five-Year Plan concludes this year, and work on drafting the 13th will begin soon.Which way will China turn? In its work report to legislators at the National People's Congress meeting in March, the government pledged...

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03.03.15

Can Market Mechanisms Clear China’s Air?

The Chinese government recently responded to rising public discontent over environmental degradation by introducing tougher rules for industrial emissions.Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization and a state-run newspaper are coordinating a...

Bobby Jindal & China’s Louisiana Methanol Plant

Al Jazeera
A Chinese tycoon whose natural gas firm's environmental and labor rights record is under fire in the Chinese press is parking assets in a multibillion dollar methanol plant in Louisiana.

Death Threats and Dawn Raids: Welcome to China’s Anti-Graft Drive

Shai Oster
Bloomberg
On one side is Peking University Founder Group, a state-owned company that partnered with Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) in a separate securities joint venture whose chairman has disappeared.

Sri Lankan Poll Upset a Blow to China’s Indian Ocean Plans

Natalie Obiko Pearson
Bloomberg
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who tightened ties with China during his decade-long rule, conceded defeat today in Sri Lanka’s closely-fought presidential election. His successor Maithripala Sirisena used his campaign to criticize the island nation’s increasing...

Israeli Tech Startups Attract Chinese Investors

Orr Hirschauge
Wall Street Journal
As China scours the world for tech investments, it is increasingly flocking to Israel for the next big thing.

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12.09.14

With New Fund, China Hits a Silk Road Stride

China's ambitious plan to expand trade links westward into Central Asia in the spirit of the ancient Silk Road is taking shape now that the government has decided to shift foreign currency into a special fund.The State Council will tap the...

Reports

10.01.14

Avoiding the Blind Alley: China’s Economic Overhaul and Its Global Implications

Daniel H. Rosen
Daniel H. Rosen
Asia Society
President Xi Jinping announced a sweeping overhaul for China’s economy in November 2013, with pledges to make market forces decisive, treat homegrown and foreign investors with the same laws and regulations, and change the mission statement of the...

The Chinese Invade Africa

Ian Johnson from New York Review of Books
In early May, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, made a trip to Africa that raised a central question about China’s rise: What effect will it have on the world’s poorer countries? As a big third-world country that has lifted hundreds of millions out of...

Infographics

08.19.14

Landed

Chinese are the largest foreign buyers of U.S. real estate, spending around $22 billion in total in from April 2013 to March 2014, about a quarter of the United States’ total sales to foreigners, according to a July 8 report by the National...

In Twist, China Stock Market is Haven Amid Storm

Adam Shell
USA Today
When you think of safe-haven investments, Chinese stocks don’t normally come to mind. But shares listed in Shanghai have been soaring recently at a time when most stock markets around the globe have been sliding.