Chinese retreat from Australian property market
AFR, 13 Aug 2017
Chinese property buyers are turning away from Australian housing as efforts by regulators in both countries to slow investment begin to bite.
Private offshore buyers from Asia snapping up office blocks
The Australian, 14 Aug 2017
Offshore private investors have been snapping up Australian office assets at a faster pace over the past year, looking for yield in a nation seen as a relative safe haven.
Affordable Housing Development In Sydney’s Macquarie Park Gets Government Approval
The Urban Developer, 15 Aug 2017
The NSW Government has confirmed Frasers Property Australia and Citta Property Group as the winning tenderers for a $2.2 billion development in Sydney’s Macquarie Park. The developers will work with Mission Australia Housing to redevelop and transform the 8.2 hectare Ivanhoe estate in Macquarie Park.
Negative gearing, more supply and foreign tax lead affordability solution
AFR, 15 Aug 2017
Limiting negative gearing to investment in new housing, increasing land supply and taxing overseas buyers are the top three priorities for fixing Australia's affordability crisis according to a poll of 13,000 people.
China heavyweights buy Sydney site for $70m
The Australian, 17 Aug 2017
A heavyweight Chinese-backed group, advised by Sydney-based developer Rudder Group, has bought a development site at the southern end of Sydney’s Hyde Park for $70.5 million as it makes a low-key entry into the Australian market.
Currency & Financial
Our economic destiny is China, not America
AFR, 16 Aug 2017
Ask the average Australian whether China or the US is the country's most important economic partner and you'll likely get a bewildered look – it's China, of course. The Lowy Poll shows that by 2013, 76 per cent of Australians were already convinced that China was No.1, compared with just 16 per cent choosing the US.
Wanda a clear case of transparency in both China and Australia
AFR, 16 Aug 2017
The partial sale last week of two significant Australian real estate investments by China's Wanda Group raises big questions about the transparency of Chinese investment.
Australia proposes stronger money laundering rules, includes bitcoin
Reuters, 17 Aug 2017
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it would strengthen its money laundering laws, including bringing bitcoin providers under the government's financial intelligence unit, days after a fresh scandal at one of the country's biggest banks.
Reserve Bank of Australia continues warnings over dollar’s strength
The Australian, 15 Aug 2017
The Reserve Bank of Australia continues to warn that a rising Australian dollar would curtail hopes for stronger economic growth and higher inflation over time.
New investment rules to curb China's foreign acquisition binge
SMH, 21 Aug 2017
Beijing: The Chinese government has officially put the brakes on Chinese companies pouring big money into overseas property development, issuing rules likely to have a significant impact in Australia.
China deadline for dairy exporters of infant formula
The Australian, 14 Aug 2017
The clock is ticking for Australian infant formula producers to complete a suite of new regulatory hurdles, in order to be able to keep selling their powder in China after January 1.
Nothing behind Labor’s claims of beef access blockages in China, AMIC says
By Jon Condon, 15 August 2017
Claims made in Federal Parliament yesterday that containers of Australian beef are about to be stranded on Chinese wharves, following last month’s suspension of Australian meat processing plants are incorrect, Beef Central has been told.
Fonterra eyes Chinese consumers with Australian cheese plant
NIKKEI Asian Review, 19 Aug 2017
MELBOURNE -- Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand's largest dairy company, on Friday opened a new plant in southeastern Australia to make cheeses for China, Japan and other markets.
Duxton, Eastern Australia Agriculture enjoy good start to water year
AFR, 20 Aug 2017
The recently listed Duxton Water fund is one of the major winners from newly reset water allocations gaining a larger supply of water to lease out to farmers.
Australia's biggest wind farm coming to Darling Downs
The Chronicle, 17 Aug 2017
AUSTRALIA'S largest wind turbine farm is coming to the Darling Downs, creating more than 200 jobs in the process.
BlackRock enters Australian renewable energy sector
Real Estate Investment Times, 16 Aug 2017
BlackRock has entered the Australian renewable energy sector for the first time, after securing the financing for two solar projects in North Queensland on behalf of Edify Energy.
Booming thermal coal price on China demand cheers miners
Reuters, 17 Aug 2017
SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian thermal coal prices for spot cargoes above $100 a tonne, lifted by reports of strikes and strong Chinese demand, are providing a boost in earnings and share prices for miners like Glencore and Whitehaven Coal.
Retail & Tourism
South Australia’s tourism industry is enjoying high times — but is it enough?
The Adviser, 20 Aug 2017
HONG KONG couple Teddy Law and Joyce Cheng are walking through one of Australia’s most important wine collections — an unbroken lineage of tawny port of every vintage from 1878.
Alibaba, Marriott ink JV in Major Play for China Travel Market
China Skinny, 15 Aug 2017
Chinaskinny was in attendance as e-commerce giant and world’s largest hotelier announce strategic partnership to tap into the growing number of Chinese citizens travelling both abroad and domestically every year.
China remains the greatest opportunity
The Australian, 21 Aug 2017
Every nation tells itself stories about the world and how it works. Sometimes these stories are helpful, but sometimes they can blind us to the new opportunities generated by change.
World university rankings under threat if unis take a cut
The Australian, 16 Aug 2017
Australia has kept six elite universities in a key global ranking but commentators warn funding cuts may weaken the country’s competitive position.
“Who are we?” memes with business angle go viral in China
CGTN, 20 Aug 2017
China's most famous instant messaging application, WeChat, has been flooded with a new series of Who Are We/ What We Want memes, which tackles work behaviors and consumption practices in China.
TV reviews: China's Midnight Diner and Chinese Restaurant put 'din' in dinner
StraitsTimes, 16 Aug 2017
Chinese Restaurant has been called a knock-off of the South Korean reality show Youn's Kitchen (2017), which isn't right. More accurately, the Chinese show takes the same question - what if celebrities are dropped in a foreign country and have to get a restaurant up and running in days? - and gives a vastly different answer. For starters, Chinese food and Chinese stars such as Vicki Zhao and Huang Xiaoming enjoy wide fame, even on a remote Thai island.