The Wild, Wild East 27 March 2017


Chinese buyers not deterred by Australia real estate tax

OPP.TODAY, 24 March 2017

Up to 80% of foreign property demand in Australia is from China and despite numerous impediments, they are set to continue to grow.


Why Chinese investors keep buying Australian property: it's cheap

ABC News, 24 March 2017

It is said real estate is all about "position, position, position".


The Chinese development partner for the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site has long term plans for engagement with South Australia

The Adviser, 21 March 2017

THE Chinese development partner in the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital project is “very eager” for the project to progress, signalling that it was keen to partner on further large infrastructure and development projects once a successful first investment had been made.


Chinese developer CWG launches $26m fund to support projects

The Australian, 20 March 2017

Chinese property company CWG Development has joined the ranks of developers forging deeper into funds management with the launch of a second trust that will back its projects.


Why restricting foreign investors could damage Australia’s economy

SmartPropertyInvestment, 23 March 2017

A federal government proposal regarding foreign investment restrictions could be potentially disastrous for the Australian economy, according to one property agency.


Australian apartment settlement risk depends on Chinese apartment prices

AFR, 22 March 2017

Investors in mainland China have been rewarded for speculating on real estate.


Sydney and Melbourne lead property price growth in Australia, official figures show

Property Wire, 21 March 2017

Residential property prices in Australia increased by 4.1% in the final quarter of 2016, the strongest quarterly growth recorded since June 2015, according to latest official figures to be published.


NAB gets tough on local, offshore property buyers

AFR, 21 March 2017

National Australia Bank, which last week raised rates for local home owners and investors in an out-of-cycle hike, is turning the screws on local and offshore property buyers by tightening lending criteria and increasing rates.


RBA sends warning on house prices, household debt levels

SMH, 21 March 2017

Australia's central bank highlighted threats in the property market and an acceleration of domestic household debt even as it lent credence to the global reflation story.


It now looks like tougher restrictions on Australian property investors will be introduced

Business Insider, 21 March 2017

It looks like tighter restrictions on Australian property investors may be on the way with the head of Australia’s banking regulator, APRA, telling markets to “watch this space”.


Real estate agents warn of property money laundering

AFR, 22 March 2017

Real estate agents with offshore sales offices and websites targeting foreigners are at higher risk of attracting money launderers and should face tougher laws, according to the industry itself.


Reserve Bank concerned on highly indebted households, real estate bubble

ABC, 21 March 2017

The Reserve Bank's warnings about the risks of a potential real estate bubble in Sydney and Melbourne are getting louder.


Westpac crackdown on foreign buyers and money laundering

AFR, 20 March 2017

Property buyers will be quizzed about their tax residency under new anti-money-laundering rules being introduced by Westpac and its subsidiaries St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA.


Currency & Financial

Australian dollar knocked as RBA warns on housing market

Financial Times, 21 March 2017

Don’t get ahead of yourselves, rest of the world; it might still be too early to (again) call the death of the Australian property market.


FACTS & FIGURES: Chinese investments in Australia

Xinhua, 22 March 2017

SYDNEY, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral communication and cooperation between China and Australia have become unprecedentedly deep and broad, Chinese ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye told Xinhua prior to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Australia.


Foreign investment reforms under the microscope

The Australian, 20 March 2017

Just 15 months after the Coalition ordered the first major changes to Australia’s foreign investment framework in four decades, deal-makers are preparing to lobby the government for further reform.


China, Australia need to expand two-way open-up in services, investment: Chinese premier

Xinhua, 25 March 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (3rd R) and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (2nd R) attend the sixth Australia-China CEO roundtable meeting in Sydney, Australia, March 24, 2017. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)


Agriculture & Food



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Foreign investment builds our capability as Asia’s food basket

The Australian, 25 March 2016

Australia is on track to become the supplier of choice for premium clean and green produce to millions of Asian consumers, thanks to the trifecta of free trade agreements the Coalition concluded with China, Japan and Korea.


China accepts more Australian beef exporters as leaders meet

Reuters, 23 March 2017

China removed the last remaining restrictions on imports of Australian beef on Friday and announced early-stage plans to co-develop a major mine, rail and port project, in contrast to a growing global trend of trade protectionism.


Red meat exports to top $1bn after China agreement: National Farmers Federation

AFR, 26 March 2017

Australia's red meat exports to China were likely to soon jump over $1 billion again per annum, following a bilateral agreement expanding market access on Friday, the National Farmers Federation said.


Aussie wool growers visit China to gain understanding

Fiber 2, 20 March 2017

During a recent Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) organised trip to China, Aussie wool growers gained a lot of understanding of the Chinese wool industry. The delegation of wool growers visited various Chinese wool processing facilities, including knitting facilities and also met retailers and designers, who all work towards promoting wool products.


Australian wool growers optimistic after tour of Chinese industry

Sheep Central, 20 March 2017

VICTORIAN wool grower and stud breeder Rod Miller has come home from a tour of the Chinese wool-processing and retail sectors with his batteries charged.


Red meat exporters confident of China access news during Premier Li’s visit

Sheep Central, 20 March 2017

Red meat exporters are confident that this week’s state visit to Australia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will yield significant trade access improvements for Australian beef and sheep meat.



China inks $4.6 billion deal for Australia mine project

The Economic Times, 24 March 2017

SYDNEY: A state-owned Chinese construction giant today sealed a deal to build a Aus$6 billion (US$4.6 billion) mining infrastructure project to tap into resource-rich northwestern Australia.


China signs RM20bil mining project with Australia

The StarOnline, 25 March 2017

Sydney: A state-owned Chinese construction giant sealed a deal to build a A$6bil (RM20.23bil) mining infrastructure project to tap into resource-rich north-western Australia.


Retail & Tourism

Australia Post, Alibaba Blackmores team up to fight China food fraud

AFR, 24 March 2017

Australia Post, vitamins group Blackmores and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have formed a partnership aimed at cracking down on brand impersonators by using blockchain technology to track produce being exported to China.


China backs down on tough new e-commerce laws in boost for Aussie exporters

AFR, 20 March 2017

China has delayed indefinitely tough new-cross border e-commerce laws that had threatened to disrupt the flow of Australian vitamins, milk powder and cosmetics into booming markets on the mainland.


Alibaba Group promotes Australian products with seven Chinese influencers

Mumbrella, 22 March 2017

Seven Chinese e-commerce influencers are set to tour Australia with the Alibaba Group, promoting Australia’s products and lifestyle to Chinese consumers.


Chinese daigou buyer Livia Wang on China's grey channels

AFR, 22 March 2017

Daigou shopper Livia Wong tells The Australian Financial Review Business Summit how the grey channel of Australian goods into China operates, in this edited extract of her remarks.


Blackmores boss Christine Holgate lauds China e-commerce 'win'

ABC, 22 March 2017

Blackmores chief executive Christine Holgate says China's backflip on its cross border ecommerce laws is a "win" for Australia.


China Domestic

Chinese premier warns Australia against protectionism

Foxnews, 23 March 2017

CANBERRA, Australia –  China's premier on Thursday warned against protectionism, saying his country planned to close its $50 billion a year deficit with Australia by expanding the trading relationship rather than retreating from it.