The Wild Wild East 23 May


Property market continues to cool off as home loans tumble

ABC Online, 11 May 2018

The retreat of investors from the property market is starting to look like a rout, with a big fall in applications in March.


Scott Morrison's missed chance to relieve property pressure

AFR, 13 May 2018

Here's a challenge: try raising the deposit for a family-size apartment close to central Sydney on a middle-class wage, say $130,000.


RBA's Guy Debelle flags housing risk from tighter lending standards on bank probe

AFR, 15 May 2018

Reserve Bank of Australia deputy governor Guy Debelle has warned a further tightening of lending standards would primarily hit the housing market even as he downplayed the dangers of the coming wave of resets to interest-only loans.


8pc is nothing: Australia's foreign buyer taxes are competitive - Knight Frank

AFR, 16 May 2018

Australia's relatively modest surcharges on foreign purchases of residential property will not stem demand for property by global high net worth investors at a time of growing instability and volatility, says Knight Frank's global residential head Lord Andrew Hay.


With Australian property prices high, more investors are eyeing off overseas properties, 17 May 2018

WITH it cheaper to buy a property in the Greek Islands than a two-bedroom apartment in Sydney more Australia’s are looking to park their investment dollars overseas.


Currency & Financial

Chinese Money Keeps Supporting Australia Despite Investment Restrictions

Forbes, 8 May 2018

Australian authorities passed restrictions in February that limit foreign investment. They're not aimed expressly at China, but that's the country a lot of Australians are warily watching.


Strategists optimistic ASX can advance to multiyear highs

AFR, 13 May 2018

Several top strategists are optimistic that the ASX can extend a sharp rally that started about six weeks ago and break through a 10-year high.


Vital Signs: how inflation in China and the US could affect Australia

The Conversation, 10 May 2018

Business conditions in Australia have been strong enough to see a surge in company tax revenue that led Treasurer Scott Morrison to outline cuts to personal income taxes over the next seven years in Tuesday’s federal budget.



Why more Australian winemakers are using virtual reality to attract international tourists

ABC Online, 8 May 2018

Australian winemakers are turning to virtual and augmented reality technology in a bid to tap into international markets.


Beef Australia 2018: Know your business before seeking capital, farmers told

The Weekly Times, 10 May 2018

FARMERS need to know their business and goals back to front before seeking outside capital investment to grow.


Chinese trip an eye-opener for wool grower

The Naracoorte Herald, 10 May 2018

Kybybolite wool grower Mark Kester has returned from a fact-finding trip to China confident of the country’s continued appetite for the Australian clip and excited about “game-changing” innovations in sports wool.



China lithium top player boosts investment in emerging Australian miner, 7 May 2018

Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group, one of China's largest lithium hydroxide and carbonate producers, is injecting further funds into emerging Australian lithium producer Core Exploration (ASX:CXO) as Chinese companies continue to aggressively try securing supply of the key ingredient needed for making the batteries that power electric cars.


Retail & Tourism

Chinese police seize fake Penfolds, Swisse, Blackmores in multi-million-dollar counterfeiting crackdown

ABC Online, 7 May 2018

Police in southern China have seized more than 30 million yuan ($6.3 million) worth of counterfeit products, including large hauls of popular Australian-branded wines, vitamins, foods, and cosmetics.


Tourism Australia Targets High-Spending Consumers With New Premium Strategy, 8 May 2018

The Land Down Under is going upmarket.


Chinese social media to play pivotal role in new Australian wine marketing push

ABC Online, 8 May 2018

Chinese consumers will be targeted through social media and bilingual digital platforms as part of an ambitious push to bolster a New South Wales wine region's global profile.


Chinese consumers don't idealize American products the way they used to — and that's bad news for Apple and Tesla

Business Insider, 10 May 2018

For decades, Chinese consumers have prized foreign brands, thinking that products made by American or European companies indicated higher quality than domestic. Increasingly, that's no longer the case.



NSW Government reviews Confucius Classrooms program amid 'propaganda' concerns

ABC Online, 8 May 2018

The New South Wales Government is reviewing a controversial Chinese Government-sponsored program to teach Mandarin in schools, amid claims it could expose children to propaganda.


China Domestic

China's box office, for the first time, tops North America

China Daily, 10 May 2018

For the first time ever, China's quarterly box office performance outshone its North American counterpart, topping the global film market.


The Popular TV Shows Taking Chinese Soft Power Abroad

Sixtone, 9 May 2018

Overseas episodes of much-loved programs are increasingly aligning with the national government’s development goals.

The Wild Wild East 09 May 2018


Sydney auction clearances cool to below 60 per cent

AFR, 29 Apr. 2018

Sydney's auction clearance rate has dipped below 60 per cent again for the second time this year, as tighter funding crimps demand and sellers continue to hold hope for higher prices.

Home loans are going to be tougher to get, 3 May 2018

GETTING a home loan could be about to get a whole lot harder, thanks to the Financial Services Royal Commission. That’s not just bad news for people hoping to buy — in Australia’s home-loan-dependent economy, it could be very disruptive.


'Is this the Tasmania we want?': Chinese investors plan $100m east coast resort

SMH, 4 May 2018

A massive $100 million development boasting a golf course and health resort to lure cashed-up Chinese tourists to Tasmania's picturesque east coast is one step closer to being built.


New Tax On Foreign Buyers Of Australian Real Estate

Law 360, 4 May 2018

Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have all introduced new foreign investor stamp duty surcharges for transactions involving direct and indirect acquisitions of residential property.


Currency & Financial

China eases restrictions on foreign ownership of securities ventures

China Embassy, 30 Apr. 2018

China’s securities regulator has released new guidelines for foreign investment in Chinese security joint ventures in which it eased some restrictions and launched an application process for more foreign ownership.


Experts say Greens tax policy would drive down international investment

AFR, 2 May 2018

Experts say Greens plans' to limit tax deductions for multinationals will make Australia less attractive for international investment, calling for wider reform and a lower corporate rate instead.


CBA cuts Australian dollar forecasts for 2018, 2019

AFR, 3 May 2018

Commonwealth Bank has cut its Australian dollar forecast for this year and next to take into account a slowing global economy, the pricing out of an interest rate hike in Australia this year and a firming of the US dollar.

Offshore investors shun Australian banks, Credit Suisse says

AFR, 3 May 2018

Offshore investors appear to be taking a negative view of the Australian banking sector, which is under fire from royal commission into the financial services sector.


Australia's Sirtex gets $1.4 bln takeover offer from China's CDH Investments

Reuters, 4 May 2018

May 4 (Reuters) - Australia’s Sirtex Medical said on Friday China’s CDH Investments has made an offer to buy all shares of the company for A$1.87 billion ($1.41 billion), or A$33.6 per share, in cash.



Western Australia lobsters rock stars in China as FTA starts to bear fruit for fishery

ABC Online, 2 May 2018

Australia's free trade agreement (FTA) with China is starting to bear fruit for the nation's most lucrative commercial fishery.


Avocado may top China's Aussie fruit wish-list

Adelaide Now, 1 May 2018

AUSTRALIAN fruit is finding firm markets in China, with even more potential emerging in the countrys rapidly-growing e-commerce channels directly selling online to customers, according to latest findings from agribusiness experts.


Massive cattle station Clifton Hills up for sale

AFR, 6 May 2018

Australia's second biggest cattle station, Clifton Hills Station in the far north-east corner of South Australia, has been listed for sale.



'Coal is dead': Neoen eyes another $4 billion in Australian investment

SMH, 2 May 2018

Neoen, the French company behind a plan to triple its renewable energy in Australia, says coal is "technically and economically dead", as falling renewable energy costs eclipse fossil fuels.


Retail & Tourism

Hyatt Centric to open in Melbourne, Australia

Hotel Management, 30 Apr. 2018

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has signed a management agreement with Little Projects to open a Hyatt Centric hotel in Melbourne, Australia.


China warns tourists about security risks in Australia

AFR, 1 May 2018

China has highlighted security risks for its citizens visiting Australia, the United States and nine other countries in a travel warning which will worry tourism operators becoming increasingly dependent on booming Chinese visitor numbers.


Melbourne move looms as Hilton doubles hotels in Australia

The Australian, 1 May 2018

Hilton Hotels is accelerating its plans to grow in Australia, saying it is poised to make a major announcement in Melbourne as part of its program to double its existing operations of 23 Australian properties within five years.


Baby food company Bubs Australia wins big Chinese contract

The Australian, 1 May 2018

ASX-listed baby food company Bubs Australia is stepping up its exposure to the rapidly growing Chinese mother and baby market with a deal to supply Chinas largest distributor of infantnutrition products.



Chinese student influx driven by facts, not friction

The Australian, 1 May 2018

Chinese families planning to send a son or daughter to study in Australia have mainly dismissed concerns about student safety and political friction between the two countries.


China Domestic

80,000 durians sold in 1 minute: Jack Ma displays magic of e-commerce in Thailand

The Star, 21 Apr. 2018

BANGKOK: Thai durians sold like hot cakes in Thailand after Jack Ma showed the magic of e-commerce during his visit by selling 80,000 golden pillow durians on his online platform T-mall within one minute.

The Wild Wild East 02 May 2018


Allianz joins the party for $500m Scape student digs fund

AFR, 23 Apr. 2018

The property arm of global insurer and asset manager Allianz will take a half stake in a new $500 million fund being raised by Scape to back a growing portfolio of student facilities.

Lendlease taps China's grey boom in retirement village deal

AFR, 23 Apr. 2018

Australian property developer Lendlease is breaking into China's booming aged care market with a $400 million deal to build a retirement village with 900 units in Shanghai, making it one of the first foreign companies to negotiate a deal in the sector without a local partner.


Confidence at Record Highs for Property Industry

The Urban Developer, 23 Apr. 2018

Confidence across Australia’s property industry has surged to record highs despite a Property Council of Australia and ANZ survey revealing expectations for New South Wales house prices are the worst in the survey’s history.

Mandarin-speaking robot to help sell Aussie real estate to Chinese, 26 Apr. 2018

CHINESE buyers of Australian real estate have been offered a new way to compete for home sales. And on the surface it sounds like pure science-fiction.


Currency & Financial

Australia will be the last to raise rates, says $100b global investor

SMH, 26 Apr. 2018

Australian bonds are a buy because the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates at a record low for at least the next six to 12 months, according to Morgan Stanley Investment Management. The company is avoiding the Aussie dollar for the same reason.


Debt bumps on China's Belt and Road

AFR, 27 Apr. 2018

It's the pet topic of journalists from China's state-run media machine. 


Mingtiandi, 28 Apr. 2018

Earlier this month, Australia’s largest provider of senior housing entered the China market for the first time, taking advantage of what many investors see as one of the biggest opportunities in the country’s fast-growing real estate market.




Bordeaux Vineyards Are Finding Buyers From China, Australia

Bloomberg, 22 Apr. 2018

Two vineyard transactions in Bordeaux in the past month signal interest from overseas buyers in the region’s wine labels and production potential, amid a run of improved vintages since 2014.


Mass resignations at Chinese owner of Australia's largest dairy farm cast doubt on investment

The Guardian, 25 Apr. 2018

A mass board resignation at the Chinese firm that bought Australia’s largest dairy farm has fuelled concerns it may not fulfil the promises of local investment and environmental protection that convinced the Turnbull government to sign off on the sale.


Directors who quit Australia's largest dairy farm business urged Chinese owner to invest in it

The Guardian, 26 Apr. 2018

The directors who quit en masse from Australia’s largest dairy farm businessspent months trying in vain to convince its Chinese owners to urgently invest millions to make the company sustainable, including pleas to drought-proof its properties and improve animal welfare.



Federal Government gives $6 million to boost domestic gas supply to Chinese-owned Westside Corporation

ABC Online, 24 Apr. 2018

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced grants to Westside Corporation and three other gas firms last month under the Government's Gas Acceleration Program (GAP), which was established to help develop and secure domestic gas supplies.$6m-gas-grant-for-domestic-lng-supply/9688304


Retail & Tourism

Small business missing out on Asian consumer boom: Australia Post

SMH, 23 Apr. 2018

Australia's small businesses are missing out on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tap into demand from the burgeoning number of middle-class consumers in South East Asia and China, new research suggests.


'Little bit of noise': Blackmores unfazed by China-Australia tension

SMH, 24 Apr. 2018

Tensions between China and Australia have created a "little bit of noise" but will not affect Blackmores sales in Asia despite them being below expectations in the March quarter, says the head of the vitamins company.


China a big opportunity for Australians: Alibaba boss

The Australian, 25 Apr. 2018

Australian companies should take advantage of moves by the Chinese government to further open up its market to imports, says the chief executive of e- commerce giant Alibaba.


Australia's Chinese personal shoppers about more than baby formula — it's a $1 billion industry, 26 Apr. 2018

Ever seen people clear entire shelves of baby formula at your local pharmacy or supermarket?$1-billion-industry/9671012


Aussie retailers ramping up Alipay marketing

Australia China Business Review, 26 Apr. 2018

Up to 57,000 retailers in Australia and New Zealand will be given the opportunity to target Chinese tourists with discounts and offers prior to their arrival, under a new marketing arrangement through payments providers Smartpay and Incentiapay using Alibaba Group's payments platform Alipay.



Australian universities fear offending Chinese backers: Clive Hamilton

The Australian, 27 Apr. 2018

Prominent Australian academic Clive Hamilton has told a powerful US congressional committee in Washington that Australian universities are so financially beholden to China that they have abandoned their principles of academic freedom.


China Domestic

The Web Celeb Making ‘Hanfu’ at Every Size

Sixtone, 27 Apr. 2018

Plus-size designer and model uses traditional Chinese fashion to reshape modern beauty ideals.



The Wild Wild East 25 April 2018


CBD hotel sector tops property sentiments: NAB Commercial Property Survey

AFR, 18 Apr. 2018

CBD hotels are the promising commercial property sector in Australia, the latest NAB Commercial Property Survey shows.


Falling prices boost Sydney housing affordability: little changes in Melbourne

AFR, 19 Apr. 2018

Sydney homeowners pay more than half of their earnings to meet mortgage payments, even after falling prices in the NSW capital triggered an improvement in affordability in the first quarter.

Commercial property investors see past low yields in hope of higher returns

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

Mum and dad investors, especially those with self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), spend hours poring over auction booklets for their next commercial property investment – whether it's a childcare centre, a KFC-anchored retail outlet or a servo.

Cheap credit fuels house prices rising 200 times faster than income growth

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

House prices are increasing by up to 200 times faster than income in some of Melbourne and Sydney's outer suburbs as easy credit, record population growth and inadequate new housing supply outpace wage growth, analysis reveals.


Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs

Domain, 22 Apr. 2018

Australia’s fastest selling affordable suburbs are expected to out-perform both Sydney and Melbourne over the next few years, according to new research.


Currency & Financial

Australian companies upbeat on China, but say operating there is getting harder

AFR, 17 Apr. 2018

More than half the Australian companies operating in China say they are not treated equally to their domestic competitors, and doing business in the world's second-largest economy is getting harder, according to a new survey.


Aussie expats go into battle over capital gains tax crackdown

AFR, 20 Apr. 2018

Australian expatriates are lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to overturn proposed tax changes that will force them to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital gains tax if they sell their family home while working overseas.


Chinese migrants snub Australia's $5m 'golden ticket' visas

The Guardian, 22 Apr. 2018

Australia’s controversial significant investor visa – the so-called “golden ticket” visa aimed at Chinese investors who invest $5m in Australia – is being snubbed by wealthy migrants, with applications at their lowest levels.




Treasury Wine Estates believers buoyed by China export boom

AFR, 16 Apr. 2018

Australia's annual wine exports to China have soared through the $1 billion mark for the first time in another positive sign for sharemarket darling Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates.


Australian horticulture exports: Growers’ grape leap forward

The Weekly Times, 17 Apr. 2018

AUSTRALIAN horticulture producers are scaling up their plantings to capitalise on the elimination of tariffs for produce exported to China next year.


Delta Ag to form alliance with CBRE in rural real estate

Grain Central, 18 April 2018

Eastern Australia rural services company, Delta Agribusiness, and global real estate business, CBRE, are set to enter into a strategic alliance focusing on rural real estate services across New South Wales.




Resources are still boosting Australia despite China slowdown

AFR, 17 Apr. 2018

In economics, the most interesting results are the ones that are counter-intuitive. When growth gets a boost from an economic shock that would normally weaken it, the result is both interesting and requires explanation. This is what economists get most excited about.



Retail & Tourism

China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia's top tourist source

Reuters, 18 Apr. 2018

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travelers to Australia in the 12 months to February, Australian official data showed on Wednesday, as overall visitor numbers hit a record high.


Alibaba’s future of retail involves QR codes, smart mirrors, and gamified discounts

Smart Company, 23 Apr. 2018

According to Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, the future of retail technology is rooted in object and facial recognition, QR codes, and gamifying shopper discounts.


How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

Business News Aus, 23 Apr. 2018

Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market.




Australia hosting unprecedented numbers of international students

ABC Online, 18 Apr. 2018

Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students, who now make up more than a quarter of enrolments at some universities.


Chinese defy warnings and flock to Australian universities

The Australian, 18 Apr. 2018

Chinese students have defied unspecified ‘‘safety’’ warnings from their government amid fears of undue Chinese influence, flocking to Australia in larger numbers this year than ever before.



China Domestic

'Marry first, then fall in love': The evolution of love and marriage in China since Mao Zedong's era

ABC Online, 22 Apr. 2018

Married at First Sight has captured the attention of Australians who are drawn to the drama between complete strangers matched and made to live together as a couple. But the concept is not far from how marriages worked in China just a few decades ago.

The Wild Wild East 18 April 2018


Sydney, Melbourne house prices are now global IMF warns

AFR, 10 Apr. 2018

The world's housing markets have become remarkably synchronised, according to International Monetary Fund research that warns Australian property prices may be vulnerable to unexpected foreign shocks.


Record high for approved projects waiting in the wings, 11 Apr. 2018

THE level of approved residential developments waiting in the wings has hit a record high.


Melbourne suburbs Australia’s most in demand, 12 Apr. 2018

HALF of Australia’s top 10 most in demand suburbs are in Melbourne, according to’s new Property Outlook report. See which postcodes are whipping up a clicking frenzy.


Buyers are losing interest in Sydney property

Business Insider Australia, 12 Apr. 2018

A seachange is underway across Australia’s housing market.


Melbourne No. 1 with offshore investors, 12 Apr. 2018

MELBOURNE is the No. 1 Australian city for global property players in the Asia Pacific region, a new survey has revealed, while Sydney has fallen down the rankings.



Currency & Financial

Chinese walls coming down for Australian banks

SMH, 11 Apr. 2018

Boao, China: Financial services companies will face an easier path to doing in business in China by the end of June as the country seeks to stave off a trade war with the United States.


Australian venture capital investment hit $130.5 million in the first three months of 2018

Business Insider Australia, 12 Apr. 2018

Venture capital investment in Australia reached $US130.5 million across 16 transactions in the three months to March, according to analysis by KPMG.


Australian businesses air concerns as China strain threatens trade fair

Reuters, 13 Apr. 2018

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian businesses which trade with China criticized their government on Friday as the looming cancellation of an event designed to encourage cross-border trade heralded a “low point” in diplomatic relations between the countries.

Australia Week in China won’t be affected by Canberra-Beijing tensions, officials say

South China Morning Post, 15 Apr. 2018

New legislation in Australia aimed at curbing foreign interference in domestic affairs may be a sign of growing anxiety about China’s political influence in the country, but officials said it will not jeopardise a planned business event between the two nations.




Infant formula makers go after China's $2bn goat milk market

The Australian, 13 Apr. 2018

 While the Asian (mainly Chinese) demand remains resilient, the market is becoming increasingly crowded as dairy producers seek to avoid the depressed market for commoditised milk


China tour offers malting barley insight

Farm Weekly, 15 Apr. 2018

A TOUR to China has given the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) China a taste of local malt barley export demands.


China Eyes Australian Donkey Export

VOA News, 15 Apr. 2018

SYDNEY — The Northern Territory government in Australia says it has been approached by nearly 50 Chinese companies looking to buy land to start donkey farms. Demand for donkey products, especially donkey-hide gelatin is increasing in China, while global supplies are falling.




Clean energy financier invests $150m in infrastructure fund to lower emissions

The Guardian, 11 Apr. 2018

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is investing $150m in Australia’s largest infrastructure fund to drive emissions reduction across some of Australia’s biggest airports, ports and electricity infrastructure assets.



Retail & Tourism

China tourist boom drives Marriott expansion

Australia China Business Review, 12 Apr. 2018

The world’s largest hotel chain is sharpening its focus on the Asia Pacific, investing heavily to capitalise on the increasing mobilisation of Chinese tourists.


First direct flights between China and Australia's Northern Territory announced

Global Times, 13 Apr. 2018

The first-ever direct flight route from Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) to China was announced on Friday.




Universities ‘carrying the can’ as Australia-China tensions grow

Times Higher Education, 15 Apr. 2018

As Beijing and Canberra trade blows over foreign interference and academic freedom, leading analyst predicts things will get worse before they get better



China Domestic

Zuckerberg praised by Chinese netizens for surprising answer to senator’s question on China, 11 Apr. 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become something of a hero in China today for his unexpected answer to one question during his testimony to Congress over his company’s colossal data sharing scandal.


Chinese 'Hugh Jackman' Yunxiang Gao denied bail over alleged sexual assault in Sydney

ABC Online, 10 Apr. 2018

Yunxiang Gao has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault, which are alleged to have occurred at Sydney's Shangri La hotel early in the morning on March 27.



The Wild Wild East 11 April 2018


House prices fall in the big cities but rise in the regions and Hobart, 03 Apr. 2018

Regional property markets are now starting to consistently outperform the major capital cities, as retiring baby boomers look for a sea change and younger households look for more affordable locations.


'Amazon of China' to start selling Australian property online

Australian Broker, 04 Apr. 2018

Property in Australia will soon be available online alongside groceries, household items and clothing.


Chinese developer R&F to build $500 million Brisbane River mixed use precinct
AFR, 04 Apr. 2018

Chinese developer R&F has unveiled plans to develop an amended $502 million mixed-use precinct and public riverside space for its 1.6-hectare landholding at Brisbane's West End.


Renters no longer 'second rate', says Housing and Urban Research Institute

AFR, 04 Apr. 2018

Growth of the private rental sector – at a time of falling home ownership – is making landlords and real estate agents place more value on tenants than they did before, a new report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute says.


Property outlook the worst in 30 years: Morgan Stanley

AFR, 05 Apr. 2018

Prospects for growth in the residential property market are the worst in 30 years, which is when Bob Hawke was prime minister and the median property price for a Sydney house was $141,000, according to analysis by investment bank Morgan Stanley.



Currency & Financial

Scott Morrison doubles tax for foreign investors to save 'billions'

AFR, 02 Apr. 2018

Australia will double the tax bills of some foreign investors and limit tax breaks for others, in a move Treasurer Scott Morrison says will prevent billions in lost revenue.

Australia could be a winner in China-US trade battle, 05 Apr. 2018

THE United States and China are duelling it out over trade as the world’s two biggest economies slap spiralling retaliatory tariffs on each other’s goods.


Anti-China Tilt in Australia Is Shortsighted

Bloomberg, 05 Apr. 2018

Chinese investment is small, but feels large. That's a reminder of why data should drive policy.


Reserve Bank of Australia worried about China's debt bomb

AFR, 06 Apr. 2018

China's rapidly growing pile of debt has long been regarded as one of the biggest risks to the global economy.




Chinese hungry for more Australian wool

Farm Weekly, 02 Apr. 2018

PRODUCE more wool was the clear message Andrew Rintoul, Dongiemon and Tilba Tilba Merino studs, Williams, returned with after a recent tour of China.


Austrade visit to China revealed export potential for Australian farmers

Weekly Times Now, 03 Apr. 2018

Reports of China inevitably include the words “growth” and “opportunity” but Moore makes many of us take notice when he gives China’s continuing economic rise a regional Australia context.


More China distribution for infant formula maker

Australia China Business Review, 05 Apr. 2018

Infant formula manufacturer Wattle Health Australia has secured a distribution deal with China’s International Supplies and Distribution Company, providing access to more than 2,000 retail stores across 13 Chinese provinces.


Echo Falls winemaker sold to private equity firm with eye on China

The Guardian, 05 Apr. 2018

Carlyle Group uncorks A$1bn deal for Accolade as Chinese demand for wine increases




New renewable energy capacity double fossil fuel growth in record-breaking 2017: UN report, 06 Apr. 2018

Solar power is continuing to surge ahead as the world's emerging energy technology, according to a United Nations report that found global spending on solar was higher than any other energy source in 2017.



Retail & Tourism

Pullman hotel attracts top global bidders

The Australian, 04 Apr. 2018

Two of the world's largest property investors, Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group and New York-headquartered private equity firm Blackstone, are among the major bidders vying for a Melbourne hotel positioned between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the CBD in a $200 million deal.


Queensland looks to Chinese investment dollars for tourism boost

Radio Australia, 08 Apr. 2018

Chinese investors could be the new saviours of Queensland's tourism industry as interest grows in the state.


Canberra eyes up China air route to boost tourism numbers

Business Chief, 07 Apr. 2018

Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is looking to open up more international flight options in a bid to boost traffic in and out of the ACT province.




International students contribute over 24 billion USD to Aussie economy in 2017: data

Xinhua, 06 Apr. 2018

CANBERRA, April 6 (Xinhua) -- International education contributed a record 32.2 billion Australian dollars (24.7 billion U.S. dollars) to the nation's economy in 2017, data has revealed.



China Domestic

China and Japan are at it again: This time, the fight is over cherry blossoms

The Washington Post, 01 Apr. 2018

Countries in East Asia continuously squabble over everything from history textbooks to empty rocks in the sea. So don't be too surprised that the beautiful spectacle of cherry blossom season is also a matter of nationalist dispute.



The Wild Wild East 04 April 2018


Two Hong Kong families just bought into Australian casino operator Star

Business Insider Australia, 29 Mar. 2018

The Star just raised $490 million by selling 10% of the casino operator to two Hong Kong-based trading families.


Treasurer approves Unibail-Rodamco's $30bn Westfield takeover

The Australian, 29 Mar. 2018

French shopping centre giant Unibail-Rodamcos 30 billion takeover bid for Westfieldsinternational shopping centre empire has received the green light from federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, as heavyweight offshore fund managers say a rival bid is unlikely to emerge for the Frank Lowy-led mall empire.


Asian investors pump record cash into overseas real estate

Commercial Times, 30 Mar. 2018

Asian investors pumped a record amount of cash into overseas real estate last year and have signalled their intention to channel even more money into the sector in 2018.



Courier Mail, 30 Mar. 2018

CHINESE culture and rapid growth have led to a decline in brand new house and land listings in a bustling suburb dubbed a 'sleeping giant' by local real estate agents.



Currency & Financial

Australia’s alternate CBD’s come first for overseas investors

The Investor, 27 Mar. 2018

Stock shortages and pressure to diversify are forcing overseas investors to look beyond Australia’s major East Coast cities to the country’s other CBD markets.

In Trump’s ‘trade war’, the Australian and Japanese currencies are set to become collateral damage

South China Morning Post, 27 Mar. 2018

A full-blown trade war between China and the United States has not yet broken out and may yet be avoided but there is a whiff of grapeshot in the air. For markets, such an atmosphere does not lend itself easily to an appetite for risk, instead fostering a demand for safe havens.


China-US tariff dispute may fuel Asia-Oceania trade, 27 Mar. 2018

Container volume on the Asia-Australia-New Zealand trade is expected to soar in 2018, and while the 5 to 7 percent growth in demand predicted by carriers will be driven by traditional economic reasons, rising tensions between Beijing and Washington have the potential to further push up China imports on the north-south trade.


Australia Should Chill Out About Chinese Cash, Watchdog Says

Bloomberg, 29 Mar. 2018

Australia needs to be more relaxed about Chinese cash despite the political tensions that come with it, says the head of Australia’s foreign investment watchdog.


China extends 200 bln-yuan currency swap deal with Australia

Reuters, 30 Mar. 2018

BEIJING, March 30 (Reuters) - China’s central bank has extended a bilateral currency swap agreement worth 200 billion yuan ($31.88 billion) with the Reserve Bank of Australia for another three years.




Platform aims to give Chinese customers ‘ownership’ of Aussie beef, on the hoof

By Beef Central, 22 March 2018

A new digital platform launched in Sydney this week aims to give Chinese restaurants and consumers the ability to ‘own and trace’ Australian cattle, sell or share with family and friends, and connect with top chefs and nutritionists.


Grain growers positive about investment choices

The Weekly Times, 27 Mar. 2018

DESPITE  a tough year in parts of Australia and poor prices, some grain growers are looking to increase their landholding and upgrade plant and equipment.



The Drinks Business, 28 Mar. 2018

Comparing China to the ‘wild west’, David Lucas, the newly appointed regional general manager of Greater China for Wine Australia, highlighted the opportunities as well as the dilemmas and nuances of the vast market for producers at a panel discussion hosted by Vinexpo on Tuesday.




Abbott, Joyce urge PM: do more to keep Liddell coal plant open

The Australian, 27 Mar. 2018

UPDATED: Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce have both used the Coalition partyroom meeting to urge Malcolm Turnbull to do more to keep the Liddell coal power station open.



Retail & Tourism

China’s young consumers are snubbing foreign brands amid growing national pride, says Credit Suisse

South China Morning Post, 22 Mar. 2018

China is seeing the emergence of a generation of consumers who are more likely to opt for home-made brands, spurred by a growing sense of national pride, according to a survey by Credit Suisse.


Tmall expands overseas with six new centres

WARC, 23 Mar. 2018

HANGZHOU: Tmall Global, the Alibaba-owned online marketplace that specialises in cross-border e-commerce, has announced plans to open six new procurement centres around the world in a move expected to benefit overseas brands.



Commercial Real Estate, 28 Mar. 2018

It turns out that reports of the imminent death of hotels were greatly exaggerated. Overzealous, oversized predictions that the sharing economy would be the death knell of traditional hospitality have not materialised. In fact, the reality is quite the opposite.


Australian businesses set their sights on Chinese tourists

In The Black, 1 Apr. 2018

With 1.3 million Chinese tourists already heading Down Under annually, here’s how Australian operators plan to remain China’s flavour of the month.




International students at risk of exploitation at work

The Australian, 27 Mar. 2018

Most international students attending university are from China, followed by India.



China Domestic

Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang arrested for sexual assault in Sydney hotel

The Strait Times, 29 Mar. 2018

SYDNEY - Chinese actor Gao Yunxiang was arrested after a woman accused him of sexual assault in Sydney on Monday (March 26), said Australian reports.

The Wild Wild East 28 March 2018


Sydney, Melbourne house sales slowed in 2017 on stock shortages, investor curbs

AFR, 20 Mar. 2018

Home sales in Sydney and Melbourne fell last year to their lowest levels in at least four years as stock shortages kept listings low and tighter credit rules hampered investor purchases.


ANZ boss Shayne Elliott tips soft landing for housing

The Australian, 22 Mar. 2018

 A soft landing in the housing market is likely because Australias highly indebted households also have a high savings rate but there will be pain for some property developers, according to ANZ boss Shayne Elliott.

Easter hunt for property keeps houses open for viewing, 24 Mar. 2018

A SURGE in the number of potential buyers has prompted some northern beaches real estate agents to cancel Easter holidays in favour of opening houses for inspection.


Australian housing market ‘sleepwalking into disaster’, 24 Mar. 2018

HOUSE prices have increased sevenfold in Australia in the past 30 years - but what goes up, must eventually come down. Is anyone prepared?



Currency & Financial

The view from China: tariffs key threat to world economy

The Australian, 19 Mar. 2018

US trade sanctions are the key risk to the world's major economies, according to a group of eminent economists, one of whom concluded that at least US President Donald Trump won't be around forever, even if Chinese President Xi Jinping is.


Australia to take own path with China on intellectual property

The Australian, 21 Mar. 2018

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo today distanced himself from the US push to take action against China on intellectual property theft saying Australia had not faced the same issues.


For investment opportunities in Australia, look beyond banks: Credit Suisse

CNBC, 21 Mar. 2018

Australia may be a low-growth market, but there are still opportunities for international investors, according to Credit Suisse.




Australian fruit and nut exports to China up 500% in last four years

Fresh Plaza, 19 Mar. 2018

ANZFuture of Fresh reports that fruit and nut exports from Australia to China have increased by 500% in the last four years.


Harvard University goes nuts for almonds Down Under

The Australia, 19 Mar. 2018

Harvard University is developing about 600ha of former potato fields and other farmland in NSW, building a new dam and planting trees that will take about three years to bear their first edible crops.


Meat and Livestock Australia: Chilled beef is hot stuff in China

The Weekly Times, 20 Mar. 2018

CHILLED beef into China is an increasingly valuable market opportunity for Australia.


International buyers drive demand for wool as prices surge

Radio Australia, 24 Mar. 2018

It has been a rollercoaster ride over the past 30 years, but the future of wool is looking bright with international buyers once again looking to buy Australian wool.




Glencore Doubles Down on Coal With $1.7 Billion Australian Investment

Wall Street Journal, 20 Mar. 2018

LONDON—Glencore PLC added to its growing portfolio of coal assets with a $1.7 billion investment in a pair of Australian producers—part of a bet by the mining giant that demand for coal in Southeast Asia will remain strong, even as competitors shy away from the stuff.


Citigroup's Richard Saywell predicts a pick up in resources M&A
AFR, 23 Mar. 2018

Mid-sized resources companies are likely to increasingly seek offshore acquisitions to counter declining growth in Australia and will be backed by investors with a fresh appetite to support expansion by financially solid companies, according to Citigroup's lead investment banker in the sector.

Retail & Tourism

Local Chinese shoppers, or daigou, hungry for Australian food

The Australian, 19 Mar. 2018

The Australian-based daigou, or personal shoppers, are becoming increasingly important in selling Australian food products to Chinese consumers, according to Livia Wang, director of consulting firm Access CN.


Travel top priority: survey

Global Times, 12 Mar. 2018

The Chinese economy might be slowing and facing considerable challenges, but the country's rising middle class appears to be unconcerned, with many spending heavily on travel both domestically and internationally.


James Packer, Australian Billionaire, Resigns From Casino Company

NY Times, 20 Mar. 2018

SYDNEY, Australia — James Packer, a colorful Australian billionaire who has found himself embroiled in a corruption scandal involving Israel’s prime minister, has resigned as a director of Crown Resorts, the casino company that is a source of much of his wealth.


A$5,888-a-night room with karaoke reveals Australia's China bet

The Business Times, 25 Mar. 2018

[SYDNEY] Star Entertainment Group's newest luxury hotel reveals the Australian casino operator's own naked bet on big-spending Chinese gamblers.




Stop relying on Chinese international students, ASEAN countries say to Australia

ABC Online, 21 Mar. 2018

Calls for Australia to stop relying so heavily on Chinese international students and start looking to its neighbours for students will be discussed at an ASEAN education meeting in Malaysia today.


Swinburne launches advanced manufacturing centre in Weihai, Shandong

Swinburne, 20 Mar. 2018

A new research centre has been launched in Weihai, Shandong, connecting Swinburne with industry in China and South Korea.


Migrant children at the head of the class in Australia, OECD report finds

ABC Online, 20 Mar. 2018

Children from India, the Philippines and China are outperforming their Australian-born classmates by significant margins, according to a global education report.



China Domestic

Canada the lion dog? Overseas Chinese have the most sensational false video to the fire Chinese......

China Is Good, 20 Mar. 2018

Yesterday, Toronto's WeChat circle of friends are crazy for this video:


The Wild Wild East 21 March 2018


Australian property hot for Chinese buyers

Australia China Business Review, 14 Mar. 2018

More than three quarters of Chinese travellers will consider buying property overseas in 2018, according to research by international property portal


Australian real estate group Mirvac ‘masterplans’ communities with 5.1kW PV / 10kWh batteries

PV Tech, 16 Mar. 2018

Australian real estate developer Mirvac looks set to put a sizeable amount of solar-plus-storage into brand new homes in Sydney and Brisbane, with help from the national Clean Energy Finance Corporation.



Commercial Real Estate, 16 Mar. 2018

Growth in the use of shared accommodation is outpacing its traditional rivals, despite new hotel developments adding thousands of new rooms to the Australian market in 2017, a new report shows.


David Russell is buying the real estate dream

The Australian, 17 Mar. 2018

Singapore-based David Russell appears to be on a multi-million- dollar real estate binge after picking up residential properties in Melbourne’s Brighton and Queensland’s Sunshine Beach with a total value of about $42 million.


Sydney, Melbourne housing boom is over, auction clearance rates show

AFR, 18 Mar. 2018

The Sydney and Melbourne housing boom is over as investors retreat further and sellers' price expectations continue to wind down.



Currency & Financial

Australian steel producers to benefit from reduction in Chinese net exports

AFR, 13 Mar. 2018

The recent events surrounding President Trump's decision to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, seen by many as a first step towards triggering a global trade war, has, alongside others around the world, troubled Australian ultra-high-net-worth investors, who have everything to lose and nowhere to hide.


Australian companies in China optimistic on growth: survey

Global Times, 15 Mar. 2018

Australian companies have a strongly optimistic view about doing business in China despite the ongoing challenges, according to the latest survey released Thursday by the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) and the Australian China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria.

Australia joins infrastructure game with alternative to China's 'Belt and Road'

AFR, 18 Mar. 2018

Australia has taken the first public step towards joining the new Great Game in Asia with its plan to strengthen infrastructure development cooperation with Southeast Asian countries.




Super funds to sows seeds in agriculture

The Australian, 12 Mar. 2018

The $700 billion industry super fund sector is looking at ways to invest in agriculturethrough a collective investment company backed by a group of major funds.


China dairy consumption trending towards cheese, yogurt and added protein, Mintel says

Mary Ellen Shoup, 16 Mar. 2018

The rising demand for dairy in China, growing at 6% to 7% rate annually, is teetering on outpacing volume growth of the category (increasing by 3% to 4% every year) as the country shows great interest in dairy products, according to Mintel.



Murray Goulburn's Koroit plant sale to attract plenty of suitors

The Australian, 18 Mar. 2018

UDC has connection with the Dutch-based Louis Dreyfus company, a global merchant firm that is involved in agriculture, food processing, international shipping and financing with assets worth $US18.6 billion.




China's CITIC estimates up to $1 billion impairment on Australia's Sino Iron project

Reuters, 12 Mar. 2018

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate CITIC Ltd (0267.HK) said it would book an impairment of $800 million to $1 billion on the value of its Sino Iron project in Australia for fiscal 2017.


Steven Marshall welcomes Elon Musk and wants to cut energy costs

AFR, 18 Mar. 2018

Incoming South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says cutting energy costs to business and households is a major priority for his new government, with a $200 million inter-connector fund a centrepiece of his plans to deliver cheaper power.




Retail & Tourism

Daigou hub: Australia’s first opens in Sydney

The Weekly Times, 08 Mar. 2018

AUSTRALIA’S first daigou hub has opened in Sydney.


Australia among the top three countries selling products into China through Tmall Global

Smart Company, 13 Mar. 2018

Australia is among the top three nations importing products into China using Alibaba platform Tmall, according to Tmall Global’s 2018 consumers report.


Tourism Australia's new $12m fund to lure big-spending business delegates

AFR, 14 Mar. 2018

Tourism Australia is launching a $12 million fund to help states bid for lucrative business incentive trips, conferences and exhibitions where big-spending delegates spend twice as much as your average tourist.


Tasmania tourism growth surges: Chinese flock to the Australian island state

Traveller, 15 Mar. 2018

Australia's fastest-growing tourist destination is our smallest state, the sleepy island of half a million people that some mainlanders still mock for being a backwater.


Australia's top brands in China revealed

The Australian, 15 Mar. 2018

A little-known beauty brand called Australian Creams has topped a list of the most trusted national name among mainland Chinese consumers, according to a new index to be revealed by Monash University today.




China raises concerns about student visa delays

AFR, 13 Mar. 2018

China has raised concerns about the long visa approval process for government-funded postgraduate students seeking to study at Australian universities amid suggestions the delays are politically motivated following fears about Beijing's alleged influence on university campuses.


China Domestic

China Remembers Givenchy For His Ties to Hepburn, the Original KOL

Jing Daily, 14 Mar. 2018

Shortly after news broke that Hubert de Givenchy had died at the age of 91, the hashtag #纪梵希去世# (“Givenchy passed away”) went viral on Weibo. It became the top trending term on the platform, receiving up to 65,000 searches per hour.

The Wild Wild East 14 March 2018


Sydney vendors fail to recognise property slowdown

AFR, 06 Mar. 2018

Discounts are rising and times on market are growing as Sydney vendors fail to check their hopes with the reality of a slowing market.


Global ultra-wealthy buyers keen on Australian property

The Australian, 07 Mar. 2018

The number of ultra wealthy people in Australia is tipped to jump to 1720 over the next five years and more of the world's rich could soon be snapping up prestige Australian homes, a new report found.


Australia's ultra-wealthy to grow 37pc on property, migration: Knight Frank
AFR, 07 Mar. 2018

Australia's population of 'ultra wealthy' will jump 37 per cent over the next five years as rising property and equity values boost fortunes and the country continues to draw wealthy immigrants, Knight Frank says.


Fraud and identify theft 'growing threat' to $1.7 trillion real estate business

AFR, 09 Mar. 2018

Mis-selling, fraud, 'out of control' identity theft and hacking are a growing threat to the nation's $1.7 trillion real estate sector, according to analysis by banking and technology specialists.


Australians’ interest in Japan driving waves of offshore property investment

Domain, 10 Mar. 2018

Australians are taking advantage of Japan’s cheaper property market in droves, with ski towns becoming increasingly popular for investment.



Currency & Financial

RBA lowers economy's investment outlook on manufacturing decline

ABC Online, 07 Mar. 2018

The decline in Australian manufacturing is likely to weigh on the recovery in business investment over coming years, Reserve Bank governor Dr Philip Lowe has warned.


Spotlight: High-level business summit in Australia eyes new opportunities in China

Xinhua, 08 Mar. 2018

SYDNEY, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Although Australia has a resource-based economy with mining and agriculture at the forefront of the country's past successes, business leaders are continuing to search for new opportunities to sustain growth and compete in the ever changing economic landscape.


China launch for top investment platform

Australia China Business Review, 09 Mar. 2018

One of Australia’s biggest private investment platforms is gearing up to launch its services in China, tapping into increasing demand for Australian investment opportunities from high-net-worth individuals and professional investors.


Chinese investors eye Australian private equity through Noah Holdings
AFR, 11 Mar. 2018

New York-listed Chinese high-net-worth wealth manager Noah Holdings launched its first Australian office in Melbourne on Friday, with plans to invest up to $2 billion in Australian private equity deals over the next four years.


Aussie farmers eye Chinese meat markets, 07 Mar. 2018

Just mentioning Australia when selling meat in China is enough to attract the lofty prices which have opened ultra-premium markets to livestock farmers.


Foreign owners help Australian farms 'flourish'

SMH, 08 Mar. 2018

The Consolidated Pastoral Company, a huge beef enterprise with Australian cattle stations covering about 5.5 million hectares, is a “great example” of how a local agricultural business "can flourish and grow" with support from foreign investment, according to the company’s chief executive.


Australia Is Selling $280 Steaks to the Chinese

Bloomberg, 08 Mar. 2018

Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is boosting her cattle herd in the world’s third-biggest beef exporter to serve up more premium steak to discerning customers in China.


Falling off the sheep’s back: Why Australia can't capitalise on record wool prices

SMH, 09 Mar. 2018

Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren't enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces.




Rio Tinto's last two coal mines set to attract bids over $3b

SMH, 10 Mar. 2018

At least three bidders are expected to submit final offers for global miner Rio Tinto's Hail Creek and Kestrel coal mines, which could fetch up to $US2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), people familiar with the process said.



Retail & Tourism

China Outbound Tourism Hits Record High in 2017

Caixin Global, 05 Mar. 2018

Buoyed by rising incomes, favorable exchange rates and easier visa processes, outbound travel from China hit another record last year, a new survey showed.


Tencent’s WeChat hits 1 billion milestone as Lunar New Year boosts monthly active users

South China Morning Post, 05 Mar. 2018

WeChat’s monthly user numbers pass 1 billion, up from 980 million in third quarter last year, boosted by Lunar New Year social media activity


One Belt One Road: China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key project' of global initiative

ABC Online, 05 Mar. 2018

China's Ministry of Culture has listed a Chinese developer's planned Gold Coast theme park as a "key cultural trade and investment project" that is linked to the country's ambitious Belt and Road investment plan.




Australian universities' student recruitment from China flatlines

Times Higher Education, 05 Mar. 2018

Australian universities’ intake of students from China has flatlined, in a worrying sign for the nation’s third biggest export industry and the coffers of its most prestigious universities.


More than a quarter of int'l students in Australia are from China: data

Xinhua, 07 Mar. 2018

More than 600,000 international students studied in Australia in 2017, with China, India and Malaysia taking up the largest proportion, Universities Australia's data showed on Wednesday.



China Domestic

Love Tricks or Self-Help? The Singles Paying to Find Love

Sixth Tone, 08 Mar. 2018

SICHUAN, Southwest China — With his car, apartment, and steady job, Zhang Wenjie might seem like a catch.


Picture of grace: 71-year-old model shines on Taobao

China Daily, 08 Mar. 2018

A 71-year-old female on Taobao has become a role model for many women in the country.

The Wild Wild East 07 March 2018


Inbound Chinese investment drops 60pc to $2.8b

SMH, 28 Feb. 2018

Regulatory changes and tightening lending conditions has had a toll on total Chinese outbound investment into Australian commercial property, with a fall of 60 per cent reported in the past year. pushes ahead with home loans

The Australian, 26 Feb. 2018

That's the view of head of home loans Andrew Russell, who wants to make the property search giant a one-stop shop where users can find a home and get a mortgage.


Australia's banking regulator says the limit on property investor loans is reaching 'the end of its useful life'

Business Insider Australia, 01 Mar. 2018

Australia’s banking regulator indicated today that it’s ready to lift home-loan restrictions on investor lending which have been in place since 2014.


Housing prices slip for fifth straight month, national property report finds

ABC Online, 01 Mar. 2018

Australian housing values have slipped for the fifth straight month, as the crackdown on interest-only lending continues to dampen housing demand.


Australia’s top beach earns a new national property crown, 03 Mar. 2018

MANLY has hit the national spotlight again with the release of a major property report showing it is the number one suburb in Australia for overseas people looking to buy.



Currency & Financial

Australian Dollar Hurt by Holiday-Skewed China Manufacturing PMI

Daily FX, 28 Mar. 2018

The Australian Dollar took a hit, though gave back some of its losses, immediately after we received a snapshot of China’s manufacturing sector. In February, the official PMI reading was 50.3 versus 51.1 expected and 51.3 in January. This was the slowest pace of expansion since July 2016. Keep in mind, a reading above 50 indicates growth while those below show contraction.

Foreign investors continue influence in Australia

The Investor, 02 Mar. 2018

Offshore capital will continue to target Australian real estate this year, with new capital sources and destinations in play.


Virgin hails HNA links despite debt fears

The Australian, 04 Mar. 2018

HNA has been selling off some of its property assets around the world, including in Australia, to reduce its debt. But it is regarded very differently by Chineseauthorities, with state-backed investment company CITIC extending a $US3.2 billion ($4.1bn) credit line to the company last month.




New China chief for Wine Australia, David Lucas

Adelaide Now, 05 Mar. 2018

EXPERIENCED Asian wine operator David Lucas is the new regional general manager greater China for Wine Australia. Launches Australian Beef Blockchain Project

Which-50, 02 Mar. 2018

Chinese ecommerce giant is partnering with Australian beef exporter InterAgri to launch a blockchain-enabled traceability system aimed at providing greater transparency about the provenance of beef sold in China.




Bold strategy of China's Yancoal in Australia pays off

Xinhua, 01 Mar. 2018

SYDNEY, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese-owned coal producer Yancoal Australia Ltd has reported a huge jump in their full year financial results on Thursday, up 624 million Australian dollars (482.65 million U.S. dollars) on the previous year.


Rio Tinto facing further legal fight over coal investment

ABC Online, 02 Mar. 2018

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said it has commenced proceedings against the mining giant, its former chief executive Tom Albanese and former chief financial officer Guy Elliott.



Retail & Tourism

The three Aussie shopping centres most popular with Chinese tourists

SMH, 27 Mar. 2018

For every 100 Chinese tourists on a long-term holiday to Australia, 15 will set foot in Sydney’s Chatswood Chase shopping centre three or more times.


We've long heard Australian retail is doomed, but the reality isn't that simple

ABC Online, 01 Mar. 2018

Some of Australia's biggest shopping brands — JB Hi-Fi, Coles and Woolworths — have opened the cash registers to reveal massive profits.


Alibaba Data Proves Consumerism Is Taking Over Chinese New Year

Sixth Tone, 02 Mar. 2018

Today marks the arrival of the Lantern Festival, one of China’s most evocative holidays.




Students from China, India and Nepal surge at Australian universities despite jobs squeeze

SMH, 01 Mar. 2018

Chinese and Indian students have not been deterred by negative media coverage or reports of racist attacks, and are flocking to Australian universities in record numbers.



China Domestic

Ancient Chinese skincare tool gains new popularity in the US

China Daily, 05 Mar. 2018

Amid a shrinking market for beauty equipment, the jade roller, an ancient Chinese skincare tool, has recently gained new popularity in the US.



The Wild Wild East 28 February 2018


Wu Yi hopes to transform construction in Australia

Australia China Business Review, 12 Feb. 2018

Located on the south-east coast of China, Fujian Province has always been one of the Middle Kingdom’s most culturally and economically important regions.


China Still a Major Player in Australia’s Property Market

The Urban Developer, 13 Feb. 2018

Despite Beijing’s restrictions on offshore company investment, China still has a healthy presence in Australia’s property market, taking a one-third helping of national development sites.


Chinese New Year to start buying spree in Australian capitals, 16 Feb. 2018

WHILE there’s been a marked fall in Chinese residential property buying across Sydney, the depth of the enrichened 1.4 billion Chinese population means there is always likely to be some demand coming our way.


How property agents attract Chinese buyers: From floor numbers to feng shui

SBS News, 23 Feb. 2018

Australian property agents and developers are targeting potential homebuyers with Chinese language brochures, signs, and good feng shui - and as SBS News discovers, some details can make or break a sale.



Currency & Financial

China Decides the Australian Dollar's Fate, Not U.S. Treasuries

Bloomberg, 21 Feb. 2018

The Australian dollar’s strength despite Treasury yields eclipsing those on local government debt for the first time since 2001 has perplexed some observers. It shouldn’t, says Macquarie Bank Ltd.


How Blackstone helped Excel Trust investors 'dodge the Amazon bullet'
AFR, 21 Feb. 2018

In 2015 the operators of a $US2 billion ($2.5 billion) retail property portfolio found themselves at home and in the office surrounded by piles of boxes from online retailer Amazon.



For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

Straits Times, 15 Feb. 2018

HUNTER VALLEY, AUSTRALIA/SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Mr Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more.


Australia: Shares slip; a2 Milk froths up on China demand

The Business Times, 21 Feb. 2018

[BENGALURU] Australian shares slipped on Wednesday as nervousness spilling over from US markets overshadowed positive earnings news from many domestic companies, while index heavyweight BHP fell hard after reporting its half-year results on Tuesday.


Australian wool thrives as Chinese hunger for a natural feel

Nikkei Review, 25 Feb. 2018

SYDNEY -- Australia's wool producers are cashing in on surging prices, thanks to strong demand in China and an expanding market buoyed by innovative new products.




China's January coal imports from Australia surge as blizzard hits

Reuters, 24 Feb. 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s coal imports from key supplier Australia surged in January from a year ago, customs data showed on Saturday, boosted by strong demand at utilities amid freezing weather.



Retail & Tourism

A new app reveals South Australia’s retailers are big winners from the record number of Chinese visitors to the state

Adelaide Now, 15 Feb. 2018

AS the global Chinese community ushers in a new year, it appears South Australia's retail sector is one of the big winners from the record number of Chinese tourists visiting the state.

Push for more direct flights from China to WA as tourist drought bites

The West Australian, 17 Feb. 2018

A trial later this year of direct flights from Shanghai to Perth could help plug a crucial hole in WA’s tourist market - an absence of Chinese visitors.


Alibaba cashes in on tourist boom with Alipay and TMall platforms

The Australian, 23 Feb. 2018

Alibaba's Australia chief executive, Maggie Zhou, is flying from Melbourne to Sydney next week to meet relatives visiting from China. “It's been hard to book a hotel,” she told The Weekend Australian.





Chinese students warned over Australia safety

Financial Times, 15 Feb. 2018

Beijing has issued a safety warning to Chinese students in Australia, heightening fears in Canberra of economic retaliation after a spike in political tensions between the countries.


Campus connections matter for Australia–China relations

East Asia Forum, 19 Feb. 2018

China is a partner of Australia and it must remain so. The two countries are geographically close and the 2015 China–Australia Free Trade Agreement has narrowed the distance further.


China pressures Australia through higher education sector

The Australian, 21 Feb. 2018

Increasing signs that China is using its $9 billion annual spend by international students as leverage in its increasingly tense relations with Australia has prompted rapid action in Canberra to try to limit the damage in one of the ­nation’s most lucrative export markets.



China Domestic

Artisanal Woks Are the Breakout Star of ‘A Bite of China’

Sixth Tone, 24 Feb. 2018

A workshop in eastern China has asked customers not to climb factory walls to get their hands on its hot woks. Sales of the handmade iron pans surged after savvy product placement in one of China’s most popular cooking shows, local newspaper Jinan Daily reported Friday.


End of Spring Festival Finally Brings Relief to Single Women

Sixth Tone, 26 Feb. 2018

As China’s lunar new year celebrations draw to a close, many young people are hightailing it back to the country’s cities, anxious to get away from the incessant badgering of their relatives. Take my friend Shasha, for example, who was born in eastern China’s Shandong province and now works in an administrative role at East China Normal University in Shanghai. People love Shasha: She’s the life and soul of any party, is great at her job, and many guys find her attractive.


The Wild Wild East 14 February 2018


New rules could discourage off-the-plan buyers

Your Mortgage, 05 Feb. 2018

The Australian government's strategy to address the so-called phoenixing amongst development companies will make it complicated for property hunters to buy off-the-plan.


Apartment prices cut and buyer incentives boosted as developers struggle to sell
AFR, 05 Feb. 2018

Sellers are lowering prices on high rise inner-city apartments by up to 10 per cent, advisers are being offered $10,000 commissions to recommend apartment sales, builders are adding 'free' luxury fixtures and lenders are including new incentives – on top of record low rates – in a bid to revive flagging residential property markets, analysis of market offers reveals.

High property prices force one-in-five essential workers out of Sydney
AFR, 05 Feb. 2018

One-in-five teachers and emergency workers have been forced to relocate to outer and regional areas because rising property prices are outpacing their incomes and capacity to save a deposit, according to academic and banking research.


Mirvac profit falls on lower property revaluations, settlement timing
AFR, 08 Feb. 2018

Diversified property group Mirvac said it was on target to deliver its planned earnings growth despite residential earnings skewed to the second half of the year, but suffered a profit decline from a lower number of property revaluations.


Chinese buyers hit Melbourne in golden rush, 11 Feb. 2018

CHINESE buyers will this week descend on Melbourne for a property frenzy with the city’s outer suburbs and university precincts in their sights.



Currency & Financial

Bumper supplement firm takeovers just the beginning for Chinese investment into Australian industry: KPMG

Gary Scattergood, 05 Feb. 2018

Chinese investment into Australian health firms, including supplement manufacturers, will continue to grow as the country’s healthcare system matures and the population ages, analysts from KPMG are forecasting.



$67 billion in private equity targeting real estate opportunities in Asia
AFR, 06 Feb. 2018

More than $67 billion of private equity capital managed by funds will be targeting Australian, Chinese and Japanese property over the next three years, according to analysis by CBRE Group, a commercial real estate and investment company.


Australia at foreign investment crossroads, warns Adani boss

The Australian, 10 Feb. 2018

Adani’s local boss has warned that Australia is at a “crossroads” on foreign investment as mining union leaders urged Bill Shorten to tone down his criticism of the giant Indian energy producer.




2017 China wine imports: Australia and Georgia taking a leap

Decanter China, 05 Feb. 2018

China’s wine imports rose further in 2017, with Australian, Chilean and Georgian wines showing significant growth. Meanwhile, Higher average prices for bulk and sparkling wines suggest the market’s increased demand for quality.


New foreign ownership laws expose sales of farmland

The Weekly Times, 06 Feb. 2018

FARMERS looking to quietly sell their property will suffer most under tough new foreign investment rules on the sale of agricultural land, agents and buyers argue.




Iron ore exports to China from Australia's Port Hedland fall to six-month low

Reuters, 06 Feb. 2018

SYDNEY, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Iron ore shipments to China in January from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell 11.3 percent from a month ago to 34.7 million tonnes, their lowest since July, port data released on Tuesday showed.



Retail & Tourism

How one Aussie start-up is opening the door to China through software

ARN Net, 05 Feb. 2018

With China central to the future success of Australia, Sinorbis is leveraging Alibaba Cloud to build software capable of bridging the gap


China's to open Australia office this month
AFR, 08 Feb. 2018, the Chinese ecommerce giant founded by billionaire Richard Liu, will open its first office in Australia this month as it steps up expansion plans in the region and seeks to challenge Amazon's dominance of the booming online retail market in the western world.




Student accommodation tower on North Terrace and Frome St Corner in proposed development

Adelaide Now, 9 Feb. 2018

NO matter what finally gets built on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, students in a 34-storey accommodation tower directly opposite are going to have the best view of it.


Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Tim Brailsford Talks Chinese New Year

Gold Coast Bulletin, 10 Feb. 2018

MANY Aussies will be partying with the Chinese community next week to celebrate the Chinese New Year.



China Domestic

Fake Boyfriends and Alibaba’s Bid to Clean Things Up

China Skinny, 25 Jan. 2018

For millions of Chinese, Spring Festival is the most magical of times.  It’s the one holiday of the year they get to spend at home, catching up with nearest and dearest with the chance to demonstrate their success in the city through generous gifts and red envelopes.  For countless others, it’s a time to dread. Single 20 and 30-somethings across the country return home with trepidation as parents, aunties, uncles and grandparents get ready to pry and lament at their lack of a lover.


The Wild Wild East 07 February 2018


Yuhu Group buys Dalian Wanda's Australian assets for $1.13 billion
AFR, 29 Jan. 2018

Sydney developer Yuhu Group has confirmed it acquired Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda's Sydney and Gold Coast residential and hotel mixed-used projects for $1.13 billion, ending Wanda's presence in Australian real estate after just three years.

Political donor Huang Xiangmo's son buys Circular Quay landmark Gold Fields House

ABC Online, 30 Jan. 2018

The Sydney-based son of Chinese political donor Huang Xiangmo has bought two major Australian properties worth $1.13 billion from one of China's largest property developers.


Chinese firm's 'lucky' Australian property deal turns sour

SMH, 2 Feb. 2018

A Chinese developer, who purchased the Melbourne offices of Computershare 18 months ago for the “lucky” sum of $88,888,888, has sold the building at a loss in a rising property market.


Yuhu's Huang Xiangmo sees better returns in tourism
AFR, 2 Feb. 2018

The new owner of two of Australia's most luxurious waterfront property assets, Yuhu Group, has revealed its plans to turn them into tourism icons in order to boost Australia's economy.


Currency & Financial

Chinese to increase investment in Australian healthcare sector

The Australian, 29 Jan. 2018

Chinese investors are expected step up their investment in the Australian healthcare sector, according to a study released today by KPMG and the University of Sydney's Business School.


Wanda hotels unit surges 51% on $890m Australia property deal

Financial Times, 30 Jan. 2018
Shares in Wanda Hotel Development surged as much as 51 per cent on Tuesday following a $5.4bn deal between its parent and a consortium including Tencent as well as a separate announcement that it had sealed a $890m deal for its properties in Australia.


Westpac Group set to review foreign and local property buyers
AFR, 30 Jan. 2018

Westpac Group, the nation's second largest mortgage provider, will next Monday announce new borrowing terms and conditions for local and foreign residential property buyers on partner visas.


Australia to tighten foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Financial Times, 1 Feb. 2018

Australia is to tighten rules on foreign investment in electricity infrastructure and agricultural land, amid concerns about growing Chinese influence in business, politics and society.



MLA teams with Alibaba for `True Aussie' beef, lamb blitz in China

North Queensland Register, 29 Jan. 2018

Suppliers of Australian beef and lamb promoted selected products under the “True Aussie Beef and Lamb” brand in China at the weekend, as Alibaba Group’s Tmall Fresh and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) partnered to give beef and lamb producers a new channel to reach Chinese shoppers.


'Arrogant' Australia risks scaring-off foreign investors wanting farmland as new reforms favour local bidders

ABC Online, 3 Feb. 2018

Rural real estate agents are criticising a decision by the Federal Government to force them to try selling properties to Australians before offering them to overseas investors.


Dairy farming in a volanic valley and exporting to China: Heather reports from Australia

Agriland, 4 Feb. 2018

Just two months ago Co. Down dairy farmer Heather Martin found out she would take part in the trip of a lifetime touring Australia’s top dairy herds.




The minister the money and the mine. How a rotten deal was hatched

SMH, 5 Feb. 2018

As waiters took orders for toasties and coffee at the Little Teapot Café in the sleepy coastal hamlet of Davistown, NSW, four men were discussing a deal as big as it was potentially rotten.



Retail & Tourism

Chinese consumers enjoy cross-border shopping

China Plus, 18 Jan. 2018

Cross-border shopping by Chinese consumers boomed in 2017, with maternity and baby products topping choices, reported Nielsen, a leading global information and measurement company.


Chinese men outspend women online, thanks to gaming and takeout food

South China Morning Post, 23 Jan. 2018

Hungry young men glued to online games have helped change a bedrock belief in Chinese society: that women spend more on shopping than men.


WeChat Pay now allows users to bind overseas credit cards

Technode, 24 Jan. 2018

Tencent’s WeChat Pay, one of China’s major mobile payment services, announced today that international credit cards are now allowed on the mobile payment platform. Expats living in China and residents of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan—places where WeChat is ambitiously expanding its user base—can now bind and activate WeChat Pay accounts with credit card services provided by MasterCard, Visa, and JCB.


Chinese consumers increasingly embrace “green” products, claims

Fresh Fruit Portal, 25 Jan. 2018

Data from leading Chinese e-commerce retailer has revealed the country’s consumers are increasingly shifting their purchases to sustainable goods and are willing to pay the premium.




Overseas students: WA faces shortfall after Labor’s cuts to migration incentives

The Australian, 31 Jan. 2018

The $30 billion international education industry has warned that Western Australia is losing large numbers of valuable overseas students to other states following last year’s decision by the incoming McGowan Labor government to slash migration incentives.


China Domestic

Why is it Popular? How a Frog Could Derail Xi Jinping’s Age of Ambition

China Skinny, 29 Jan. 2018

Right now millions of young Chinese are anxiously fidgeting with their phones hoping for a very specific notification. They have spent hours fretting and preparing their ‘pet’ frog for his next jaunt across Japan and are worried sick about him. ‘Why haven’t I received a postcard yet? Has he made any friends? When will he return to me?’


The Wild Wild East 31 January 2018


Sydney, Melbourne among world's least affordable cities: US survey

AFR, 22 Jan. 2018

Sydney trails only Hong Kong as the world's most expensive city to live, and Melbourne places No. 5, the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey shows.


Major Australian real estate company in crisis after latest profit warning

Financial Times, 22 Jan. 2018

McGrath, one of Australia’s biggest listed real estate agents, is in crisis owing to the resignation of its chief executive and most of its directors on Monday following the latest in a series of profit warnings.


China's Wanda confirms sale of Australian property assets

SMH, 24 Jan. 2018

One of China's biggest property developers, Wanda, has said it has disposed of its flagship Australian property assets.


Australia's foreign property buyer rules compare well globally

AFR, 25 Jan. 2018

Australia's introduction of several new taxes on foreign property investors has been partially blamed for a dive in sales but just how bad is Australia compared with other countries where investors might want to share in a piece of the action?

HNA offloads Sydney office block to Blackstone for more than $200m

The Australian, 26 Jan. 2018

The Chinese government's crackdown on the highly acquisitive mainland companies that forged into real estate and entertainment markets worldwide has seen more than $800 million worth of assets sold this week.



Currency & Financial

China sovereign fund, buyout firms vying for Aussie supplement brand Nature's Care: sources

Business Times, 23 Jan. 2018

[HONG KONG] An arm of China's sovereign fund is competing with buyout firms in the bidding for Nature's Care Manufacture, as the Australian supplement brand's owner makes a second attempt at a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Australia increases foreign direct investment inflows

Financial Standard, 24 Jan. 2018

Australia was one of few countries to see foreign direct investment inflows increase in 2017, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.


'This is different rich...It's crazy': the Chinese riding the spending boom

SMH, 27 Jan. 2018

There’s never been an immigrant class quite like it. And while they’re relatively few in number, the stonkingly rich Chinese who now call Australia home are driving the boom in demand for everything from Toorak mansions with tennis courts to luxury handbags, jewellery, yachts and plastic surgery.




Aussie wine exports top 800 mln liters on back of Chinese demand: report

Xinhua, 23 Jan. 2018

CANBERRA, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Australian wine exports topped 800 million litres for the first time in 2017 on the back of strong demand from China, a report has revealed.


SPC will now export IXL jam to China as it marks 100 years in business in Australia

Herald Sun, 25 Jan. 2018

AUSTRALIANS might not want more jam on their toast but SPC has found a new global buyer for its IXL jam as it works to cement its future after being in business for 100 years.


Australian barley draws 'insatiable' Chinese demand -exporter

Reuters, 26 Jan. 2018

PARIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) - China is soaking up almost all of Australia's barley exports due to rising livestock feed demand and the trend could continue as Beijing looks to divert corn supplies toward ethanol fuel, an Australian export firm said on Friday.




China's Yancoal to produce 70 mln tonnes of raw coal in 2018

Xinhua, 23 Jan. 2018

JINAN, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's Yancoal Australia Ltd (Yancoal), the largest pure-coal producer in Australia, is expected to produce at least 70 million tonnes of raw coal in 2018, an official of Yankuang Group said Tuesday.


Australia debates value of electric vehicles while China pushes ahead

SMH, 27 Jan. 2018

When Hong Dan, 26, bought her first car six months ago, the choice to go electric was simple.



Retail & Tourism

Travellers between Australia and China increased by more than 200% over the past decade: Here are the business opportunities

Smart Company, 22 Jan. 2018

New figures show Australia’s tourism sector is flying, with passenger movements to and from China driving the boom, with experts saying this presents further opportunities for Australian brands.


Isobar China CEO joins IPG’s Reprise Australia

Marketing Interactive, 22 Jan. 2018

IPG Mediabrands has announced the appointment of Dr Grace Liu as the incoming CEO of Reprise, Mediabrands’ digital experience agency.


China's Middle Class Is Spurring The Australian Open Record-Breaking Attendance

Forbes, 22 Jan. 2018

Thousands of tennis fans have been pouring through the gates of the Melbourne Tennis Centre to watch champions of the hard court battle it out for top seed in this year’s Australian Open.


Jessica Rudd sells e-commerce stake to China's eCargo
AFR, 22 Jan. 2018

Jessica Rudd has been selling Australian wine, infant formula and hundreds of other products to China via her booming online business for almost three years. Now, she's selling the company.

Aussie retailers using WeChat as a channel to Chinese consumers

IT Brief, 23 Jan. 2018

China’s largest social media platform, WeChat, has gone mainstream in Australia and is creating significant opportunities for Australian businesses.




Chinese swoop on foreign education assets, 26 Jan. 2018

The continued rise in Chinese students flocking to study in Western countries appears to be fuelling an appetite among investors for education assets.



China Domestic

Prodigal Frogs Are China’s Latest Gaming Fad

Sixth Tone, 23 Jan. 2018

A virtual green frog has hopped its way into the hearts of millions of Chinese mobile users.’s%20Latest%20Gaming%20Fad/


Jack Ma dances like the 'King of Pop'

CNN, 13 Sep. 2017

From impersonating Michael Jackson to playing guitar - China's richest businessmen take to the stage to celebrate corporate successes in extravagant galas.


The Wild Wild East 24 January 2018



Commercial Real Estate, 16 Jan. 2018

Office sales in Melbourne’s CBD in 2017 increased more than 200 per cent from the previous year and more than doubled the 10-year average of $1.8 billion, according to latest research from Savills Australia.


Chinese property buyers disappear in 'perfect storm'

AFR, 17 Jan. 2018

Major Chinese developers have warned that the decline in foreign buyers in the residential property market has reached critically low levels as taxes and credit restrictions all but collapse demand.


Wanda Is Said to Be Near Sale of Australia Property Projects

Bloomberg, 18 Jan. 2018

(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda Group Co. is close to reaching an agreement to sell two Australian luxury property projects -- one in Sydney and one on the nation’s Gold Coast, according to people familiar with the matter.

China's YuHu eyes Wanda Group's two Australian property sites

The Australian, 18 Jan. 2018

Mr Tobin most recently served as general manager of another Chinese-backed property company, Aqualand, and was general manager of Willoughby City Council between 2007 and 2014 where he completed a $300 million capital works program.


Currency & Financial

Joining China’s new silk road will help fast-track Australia

The Australian, 18 Jan. 2018

At a security dialogue in Beijing a few years ago, one of our Chinese hosts asked me what I thought of the proposed One Belt, One Road initiative. I responded positively, looking at what the proposal could mean for China’s western regions in terms of economic development, and then beyond that to Central and South Asia, and ultimately to ­Europe.


China's economy grew 6.9 per cent in 2017, eclipsing official targets but doubts remain

ABC Online, 18 Jan. 2018

It is barely two weeks since the books for 2017 were ruled off, but for China's hard working statisticians that is enough time to calculate that the world's second biggest economy grew at a better than expected 6.9 per cent last year.




Bellamy’s Australia surges on higher profit guidance

Financial Times, 16 Jan. 2018
Bellamy’s Australia, makers of organic baby food, jumped nearly 28 per cent per cent on Tuesday after it upgraded its profit and revenue guidance for the 2018 financial year on expectations of higher consumption in China.


First cattle shipment from Northern Australia heads for China

By James Nason, 17 January 2018

Australia’s growing cattle export trade to China has marked another milestone, with the first shipment of slaughter cattle to be sourced and shipped from northern Australia set to leave Townsville for China this evening.




Aussie gas exports hit record high on back of China boom

Xinhua, 17 Jan. 2018

CANBERRA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Australia's liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports have hit a record high on the back of strong demand from China, according to a top energy consultant.



Retail & Tourism

China shuts Marriott's website over Tibet and Taiwan error

BBC, 12 Jan. 2018

China has shut down the Chinese websites of Marriott International for a week, after the firm listed Tibet and others as separate countries.


Chinese consumers pick safety as top priority for infant goods

Korea Herald, 11 Jan. 2018

Product safety is the top priority for Chinese consumers of infant goods, a report said Thursday.


Australia steps up efforts to woo Chinese tennis tourists

Reuters, 18 Jan. 2018

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open has stepped up efforts to lure Chinese tennis fans to Melbourne Park by boosting broadcast and sponsorship deals.




Australia fears decline in Chinese students over ‘treason’ laws

Times Higher Education, 16 Jan. 2018

The number of Chinese students at Australian universities could decline in the wake of new anti-treason laws that have been portrayed as “anti-China” by the People’s Republic, experts have warned.



China Domestic

Netizens get nostalgic after '90s milestone

China Daily, 02 Jan. 2018

WeChat and Sina Weibo, two of China's most popular social media, have been awash with nostalgia in recent days, as millions of netizens have posted pictures of themselves at age 18.


The Wild Wild East 17 January 2018


NAB warns on lending qualifications as rural property market runs hot

AFR, 07 Jan. 2018

The head of Australia's largest agricultural lender, National Australia Bank's Khan Horne, says the rural property market is running hotter than ever before because of strong fundamentals and low interest rates but, with a royal commission into banking, he is calling on tighter qualifications for anyone lending to farmers to avoid failures and receiverships that have tainted the sector.


Foreign property buyer demand falls prompting warning from Harry Triguboff

AFR, 10 Jan. 2018

Government taxes and credit restrictions have started to hit foreign buyer demand for residential property so hard in Australia that major developers are either pulling out of the apartment market altogether or, like Meriton's Harry Triguboff, are left grappling with Chinese investors who can't settle on pre-sold apartments.


Wee Hur to turn vacant Melbourne building into student housing

AFR, 10 Jan. 2018

Listed Singaporean developer Wee Hur has paid $35 million for a vacant Melbourne commercial building that it will develop into high-rise student accommodation.


NSW and Victorian governments say foreigners are still buying property
AFR, 11 Jan. 2018

NSW says there is no evidence of a decline in foreign investment in residential real estate, while Victoria insists it is experiencing a "steady stream" of interest from offshore.


Developers say foreign investor rules are hurting property prices -- here's what the data says

Business Insider Australia, 11 Jan. 2018

Additional taxes and levies lumped on foreign investors, along with tighter lending restrictions, are taking a toll on Australia’s apartment market, weakening demand which, if it persists, could see new developments shelved in the future.


Currency & Financial

New Sequoia China investment values Australian design company Canva at $1 billion

Tech Crunch, 8 Jan. 2018

Canva, the Australian provider of graphic design software as a service, has become the world’s latest unicorn with a new investment led by Sequoia China.


HNA Group failed to fully disclose control of Virgin Australia stake

SMH, 10 Jan. 2018

The acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, which is under scrutiny globally over its opaque ownership structure, lodged five incomplete notices with the ASX that failed to properly disclose how its major stake in Virgin Australia was controlled.


From China to small caps: meet Weimin Xie, Australia's newest money manager

AFR, 15 Jan. 2018

Weimin Xie was only 15 when when his Chinese parents sent him to Australia to further his education.



Food manufacturers warn high power bills, taxes could force them overseas

AFR, 07 Jan. 2018

Food and grocery manufacturers are threatening to shift overseas, costing thousands of jobs, unless Canberra comes to their aid as they battle high energy prices and taxes.


Producers open gates for Beef 2018 property tours

By Beef Central, 11 Jan. 2018

Twelve innovative and progressive Central Queensland beef producers will open their front gates to visitors as part of the Beef Australia 2018 Property Tour Program during the triennial national cattle expo in May.


Beef tariffs fall under Chinese and South Korean FTAs with Australia

The Weekly Times, 11 Jan. 2018

THE Cattle Council of Australia is hoping the latest round of tariff cuts in South Korea and China will keep Australian exporters competitive with foreign rivals.


China's Rifa farm boss David Goodfellow jumps to Canada's pension plan

AFR, 14 Jan. 2018

The chief executive of the Chinese farming operation Rifa Salutary, David Goodfellow, is leaving the business to head up the newly formed Australian subsidiary of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan – Auston Corporation.



Li Xiyong: coal to stay top of energy heap in China

The Australian, 10 Jan. 2018

Li Xiyong is so confident of the future of Australia's coalindustry that he is investing $2 billion in it. He is also so assured of the industry in China that he told The Australian the size of the coal market there would not fall in 30 years.


Retail & Tourism

Australian luxury retail boom fuelled by Chinese shoppers and micro-influencers

South China Morning Post, 10 Jan. 2018

Chinese students and tourists and Chinese Australian residents are responsible for up to two-thirds of luxury retail sales in Sydney and Melbourne and fashion brands are increasing their retail presence and grooming Chinese influencers


Hotel tycoon Michael Kum eyes more rooms on east coast

The Australian, 12 Jan. 2018

Fresh from opening his latest Sydney CBD hotel, international billionaire hotel tycoon Michael Kum has at least two other real estate deals in play on Australias east coast.



Experts question government's university funding model

The Guardian, 09 Jan. 2018

The government’s plan to tie university funding to student performance is unlikely to make a big difference to enrolments unless changes are made to the way different disciplines are funded, experts have warned.


FMC Asia President Receives Women in Leadership Award from Australia China Alumni Association

PR Newswire, 10 Jan. 2018

The Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) has recognized Bethwyn Todd, vice president and director for FMC Agricultural Solutions and president of FMC Asia, with the Australian Ambassador's Award for Women in Leadership.  The award recognizes achievements of leading female graduates of Australian universities who inspire other women through their dedication, accomplishments and commitment to the Australia-China relationship.


China Domestic

Knowledge Earns You One Million, Live Trivia Game Is A Hit Now in China

KR Asia, 12 Jan. 2018

Millions of Chinese stop whatever they do once or several times a day, staring at their phone and try to prove their brain is worth one million RMB.



The Wild Wild East 10 January 2018


Hong Kong interests snap up central Sydney office towers

The Australian, 02 Jan. 2018

Hong Kong tycoons and finance houses have set a fierce pace in buying Sydney towers over the past year, and their interest is expected to flow into 2018 as a tide of fresh capital pours out of the territory.


Sydney and Melbourne home prices fall, more declines tipped for 2018

SMH, 03 Jan. 2018

National property markets ended 2017 with a whimper, with half of Australia's capital cities recording falling house prices in December.


'Liberated' by the Chinese: John Holland blossoms under CCCC ownership

AFR, 05 Jan. 2017

When John Holland chief executive Joe Barr walked into the boardroom of Canadian construction group Aecon in November, he faced 40 anxious people in suits.


Harry Triguboff of Meriton keeps a grand vision for development

The Australian, 06 Jan. 2018

Apartment tsar Harry Triguboff will not emulate fellow billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Frank Lowy and sell down his business empire and is instead planning to expand Meriton’s reach to other areas of Sydney, ramping up the workbook with new projects.


Time to say good buy to over-inflated property prices

The Australian, 08 Jan. 2018

Homebuyers are starting to find better deals as the housing market cracks across the country, with some vendors willing to accept prices noticeably lower than this time last year.



Currency & Financial

Bitcoin mania sets tax traps for unwary property sellers

AFR, 05 Jan. 2018

Soaring digital currency prices have forced David Jenkins and his wife Sandra to more than halve the number of bitcoin they're asking for their $5.15 million, four-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion in Queensland's luxury Sovereign Islands.


Property investor Nathan Birch sued over Gold Coast mortgage default

AFR, 04 Jan. 2018

Cracks are appearing in the residential investment market, with well-known Sydney investor Nathan Birch sued by his lender after his company defaulted on a $535,000 high-interest mortgage for a Gold Coast investment property.

Chinese ownership of Merredin airport sparks controversy

The West, 03 Jan. 2018

It’s the rural runway that has been transformed into a multimillion dollar airfield... while Merredin locals love it, others are outraged it's owned by a state-run Chinese company.



Infant formula shake-out in China may cut 85 per cent of brands

AFR, 01 Jan. 2018

Up to 85 per cent of the 2500 infant formula brands competing in the lucrative China market could eventually be locked out under tough new regulations by authorities that came into force on January 1, with some Australian brands likely to be caught up in the global shake-out over the next few months.


Blackmores, Swisse and the battle of China's keyboard warriors

AFR, 03 Jan. 2018

The battle for a bigger chunk of the $20 billion-plus vitamins market in China is increasingly being played out at the keyboard.


The Drinks Business, 04 Jan. 2018

At a time when Australian wine exports to China are at an all time high, China has further reduced tariffs on Australian bottled and bulk wine, which is set to boost Australian wine exports to the country.



Chinese demand to boost commodity export income

The Australian, 06 Jan. 2018

Australia is heading for a resources income boost this financial year as Chinese demand pushes the prices of our four biggest exports — iron ore, coking coal, thermal coal and LNG — beyond expectations.


Retail & Tourism

Hotel plan for Chinese package-deal tourists

Cairns Post, 02 Jan. 2018

A TOUR operator specialising in selling package deals to Chinese visitors wants to build a multistorey apartment complex near the Cairns CBD solely to accommodate tourists.


Priceline Doubles Down on China Under CEO Glenn Fogel

Jing Travel, 03 Jan. 2018

Since he began his tenure as Priceline CEO in January, Glenn Fogel has not shied away from being vocal about Priceline’s and his own hopes for the China outbound tourism market. This is not exactly controversial given the immense potential of growth for the China market in comparison to any other, including the United States. Nonetheless, Fogel has made it clear that substantial challenges remain, and the domestic China market will be largely inaccessible for the foreseeable future. Arguably, the biggest challenge for Priceline is Chinese competitors moving abroad, something that the company has tried to address by investing in and starting partnerships with Chinese firms like Meituan-Dianping and Ctrip.




South China Morning Post, 07 Jan. 2018

On a recent overnight flight from Beijing to Sydney, most of the passengers were mainland Chinese tourists looking forward to a respite of summer sunshine and fun, with some talking excitedly about the upcoming spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney, or hot-air ballooning over the Hunter Valley vineyards.


China Domestic

American in Beijing lives his Chinese dream

China Daily, 31 Aug 2017

Terry Crossman has spent 20 years in the city he now calls home


Shaolin monks practise kung fu in the snow

China Daily, 08 Jan. 2018

Shaolin Temple is a Buddhist temple, where monks have been practising martial arts for over 1,500 years. Shaolin kung fu is presented with the movement of human body such as attack, defense and wrestling as its core.



The Wild Wild East 03 January 2018


Full recourse home loans lower defaults but may increase risky lending

ABC Online, 27 Dec. 2017

The tune of Jingle Bells is probably still stuck in your mind in the days after Christmas. But around this time a decade ago it was "jingle mail" that was starting to get attention in the US.


One of Australia's most accurate housing market forecasters says he got 2017 wrong because APRA 'acted too early'

Business Insider Australia, 27 Dec. 2017

SQM Research boss Louis Christopher is the first to admit he got it wrong when he forecast Sydney house prices to surge 11 to 16 per cent in 2017.



Newsreport, 28 Dec. 2017

PORT Douglas realtor Steve Doble may be cautiously optimistic, but does believe there is greater international interest in this area following his recent Chinese acquisition involving a block of land on Mowbray Street that sold for $800,000.


A new report reveals China-backed developers are behind the Adelaide apartment boom

The Advertiser, 29 Dec. 2017

ALMOST 30 per cent of CBD apartments under construction in Adelaide are being developed by Chinese interests, an industry report says, with that figure expected to grow as offshore developers circle the Adelaide market.


Real estate experts expect house prices to fall in Sydney, but don’t expect a bargain any time soon, 30 Dec. 2017

REAL estate experts are expecting property prices to fall in 2018 — but not enough to help first home buyers get a foot on the property ladder.



Currency & Financial

Australian economy to become 11th largest, China to be the biggest

The New Daily, 27 Dec. 2017

Australia will become the world’s 11th-biggest economy within a decade, and China will become the largest, a report predicts.


Chinese firms operating in Australia just normal market behavior: experts

Global Times, 27 Dec. 2017

Chinese firms' engagement in Australia, including the reported renting of Australian airports and running of pilot training schools, is normal market practice and there is no need for the Australian media to over-hype and bring national interests into the issue, Chinese experts said.


Slow growth to continue in 2018 and 2019

The Australian, 31 Dec. 2017

Growth is certain to slow, the deceleration likely to be sharper than currently anticipated by markets. Australia's terms of trade and boost from investment from some entities are likely to suffer.




International prices for wool soared to new highs in 2017 thanks to demand from China. Is it enough to call it a boom?

SBS, 26 Dec. 2017

Amid record international wool prices, Australia’s long-struggling wool growers are asking themselves if they should finally be feeling comfortable.


New Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says Australia needs greater investment in ag

The Weekly Times, 26 Dec. 2017

AUSTRALIA shouldn’t be scared of foreign investment in agriculture, the nation’s new agriculture minister says.


Chinese introduce tough new rules for infant formula sales

The Australian, 28 Dec. 2017

But while the Chinese market is large, sellers from Australia and New Zealand face intense competition from European dairy producers.


Across China: Pastures new battleground for Chinese real estate billionaire

Xinhua, 30 Dec. 2017

SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- When Xu Xiaobo decided to spend all his savings raising cows five years ago, his EMBA classmates thought the real estate tycoon had went crazy.




China's November coal imports from Australia slip on port congestion

The Energy World, 26 Dec. 2017

BEIJING: Chinese imports of coal from key supplier Australia slipped in November from a year ago, customs data showed, hit by heavy traffic congestion in Australian ports.



Retail & Tourism

Chinese Consumers Now Rule the World. Get Used to It

Bloomberg, 28 Dec. 2017

It’s way past time to stop calling China the world’s factory.

The country is increasingly the world’s consumer. Forget the old investment and export-focused growth model. Even more important is the changing nature of consumption, which no longer revolve around staples: Increasing sums are being plowed into movies, tourism and health care. Investors ignore this seismic shift at their peril.


Chinese tourists look beyond the package tour and hit the road

SMH, 01 Jan. 2018

Intrepid Chinese tourists are eschewing the traditional package tour and hitting the bitumen, according to figures showing a sharp rise in those opting for a caravan or camping trip around Australia.




Universities to Crack Down on Overseas Chinese Students' Plagiarism

Sputnik News, 29 Dec. 2017

Ghostwriting and plagiarism are commonplace in Chinese universities, but foreign academia is finally cracking down on the phenomenon.



China Domestic

Watch: Chinese actor's reading of 'Chu Shi Biao' in English goes viral online

People’s Daily China, 29 Dec. 2017

The dramatic reading of "Chu Shi Biao" in English by Chinese actor Wang Luoyong has gone viral on the Internet on Wednesday.


The Wild Wild East 27 December 2017


Wanda's Gold Fields sale draws regulatory interest

The Australian, 17 Dec. 2017

The sale of Dalian Wanda's flagship Sydney asset, Gold Fields House, three years after it was added to the global giant's real estate portfolio is shaping up as a deal that would be watched by regulators both in Australia and mainland China.


Chinese developer uses Sydney office buildings to get capital for landbanking
AFR, 18 Dec. 2017

Chinese investors and developers have found a way around China's capital clampdown, securing loans from private lenders in Australia using existing properties as collateral.


China's HNA Group to sell $US6bn in overseas property

The Australian, 18 Dec. 2017

One of China's biggest deal makers is looking to sell a large portfolio of commercial properties in New York, London and other major cities, according to people familiar with the matter, in a sharp reversal of its buying spree in recent years.


Ironfish announces strategic investment in

Juwai, 19 Dec. 2017

Ironfish, one of Australia's largest and fastest-growing property investment groups, has announced a strategic investment in


Datong general manager Ping Huang flies out, leaving U2 on Waymouth developer rudderless

The Advertiser, 23 Dec. 2017

SIX WEEKS after the chairman of a troubled Adelaide developer flew to China – allegedly leaving millions of dollars in debt in his wake – his number two has followed suit.



Currency & Financial

China eases back on deals

The Australian, 18 Dec. 2017

The selldown of a possible $US6 billion ($7.8bn) of international assets by China's once acquisitive HNA Group marks the end of a year that saw a sharp slowdown of Chinese outward investment.


Invesco's Max Swango keen on Australia's banking gap
AFR, 18 Dec. 2017

Competition for non-bank lending is reaching boiling point with the managing director of the US-based fund Invesco Max Swango visiting Australia to push hard in the local market and replicate its US strategy of filling the gap banks have left open.


Blackstone, KKR to become big players in Australia's mortgage market
AFR, 19 Dec. 2017

A decade ago, the barbarians had arrived at the barbie. America's top buy-out funds launched dashing debt-fuelled raids of Australia's top companies – Myer, Coles, Nine, Seven and Qantas.


China extends investment crackdown to private sector companies
AFR, 20 Dec 2017

Private-sector Chinese companies looking to invest overseas will now face similar scrutiny to their state-owned counterparts, in what is shaping up as a further obstacle for deals into Australia.


New Zealand blocks China's HNA due to ownership doubts

Reuters, 20 Dec. 2017

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand has blocked HNA Group’s $460 million purchase of a vehicle finance firm owned by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ.AX) in the latest in a series of setbacks around the world for the acquisitive Chinese conglomerate.




Agricultural cycle on fire: Australian farmland returns closing in on 17 per cent
AFR, 17 Dec. 2017

Returns from Australia's top farming properties are now almost three times higher than those from comparable farm operations in the United States according to the latest farmland index compiled by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries.


China, Australia free trade deal helps boosts Aussie exports

Under Current News, 22 Dec. 2017

Two years after it first came into effect, the China-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) is continuing to deliver great benefits to both nations, reports Xinhua Net.




Ships in a bottleneck: China, Australia ports clogged as coal, iron ore demand soars

Reuters, 20 Dec. 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - More than 300 large dry cargo ships are having to wait outside Chinese and Australian ports in a maritime traffic jam that spotlights bottlenecks in China’s huge and global commodity supply chain as demand peaks this winter.


Beijing Jingneng seeks clean energy growth from Australia and Beijing Olympics

South China Morning Post, 22 Dec. 2017

Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy, a wind and natural gas energy firm controlled by the Beijing municipal government, is eyeing a major expansion of its renewable energy capacity in Australia and cleaner heating project opportunities from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.



Retail & Tourism

What you need to know about WeChat, China's tech juggernaut making waves in Australia

ABC Online, 18 Dec. 2017

WeChat is the most popular social media app in China. Since 2011, it has transformed from a messaging tool to an all-in-one super portal, with more than 900 million monthly active users.


How The World's Biggest Brands Are Marketing Christmas To China This Year

Forbes, 19 Dec. 2017

News of a Chinese university banning Christmas to avoid "corrosive" Western culture could fool some into believing that atheist China is the world’s biggest Christmas Grinch. In reality, it is anything but.


Hainan Airlines launches non-stop service between Shenzhen, China and Cairns, Australia

Markets Insider, 20 Dec. 2017

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd. ("Hainan Airlines") launched a non-stop service between Shenzhen, China and Cairns, Australia. The maiden flight of Hainan Airlines HU745, which took off from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport at 10:50 pm on December 19, 2017 Beijing time, landed at Cairns Airport at 8:30 am on December 20, 2017 local time. Following the roll-out of the Shenzhen-Brisbane service on September 20, 2017, this will be Hainan Airlines' second direct flight service from Shenzhen to Queensland as well as the airline's sixth direct flight service to Australia.




Australia's Diplomatic Dustup With China Threatens Its Number Two Export Industry: Education

Forbes, 18 Dec. 2017

Australia's relationship with its top trading partner, China, is suddenly on the rocks. Echoing the Russian election-meddling scandal in the US, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused China of interfering in Australian politics as Australian Senator Sam Dastyari has been forced from office over allegations of Chinese influence-peddling. Australia's spy agency, the ASIO, reportedly believes that several Australian politicians have links to Chinese intelligence services.


China swoops on flight schools to solve pilot shortage

The Australian, 22 Dec. 2017

Chinese companies are swooping on Australian flight training schools increasingly stricken by skyrocketing costs and crippling red tape, amid predictions that the nation will be forced to import scores of commercial pilots from Asia and Africa in coming years.



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‘Worst day’ as fears grow Chinese superstar boxer Zou Shiming might have lost sight in left eye during flight

South China Morning Post, 22 Dec. 2017

Chinese boxing superstar Zou Shiming’s career is in jeopardy after the former WBO flyweight world champion suffered a suspected detached retina on a flight home.


Nostalgia spells success

China Daily, 21 Dec. 2017

Youth has raked in 480 million yuan since being released on Dec 15, and could be a big winner for Feng Xiaogang. Xu Fan reports.