The Wild Wild East 03 October 2018


Westpac is ditching risky property investors, giving them a month to find a new lender

Business Insider, 24 Sep. 2018

Westpac Group, the nation’s second largest lender, is giving risky property investors less than one month to find another lender amid growing concerns about the impact of rising rates, falling values and oversupply.


Sydney, Melbourne house prices to decline by 10 per cent from their peak: ANZ

SMH, 28 Sep. 2018

Australian home prices are likely to fall over the next couple of years, reflecting the impact of tighter lending standards and the prospect of higher official interest rates from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) placing downside pressure on prices, says ANZ Bank’s Australian economics team.



Gold Coast Spirit tower build back on track after clampdown on foreign investment in China

Gold Coast Bulletin, 28 Sep. 2018

Gold Coast Spirit tower build back on track after clampdown on ... due to a clampdown on foreign investment by the Chinese Government.



Currency & Financial


South China Morning Post, 29 Sep. 2018

Ultra-wealthy Chinese are leaving a trail of dollars across Australia, boosting sectors from property and education to luxury goods – but not everyone is happy about it


With Chinese investment, some sectors still very much in favour

AFR, 23 Sep. 2018

When the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission green-lit the $13 billion takeover of APA Group by Hong Kong-based suitor Cheung Kong Infrastructure, earlier this month it also moved the deal further down the line towards completion.


China pledges to carry on investing globally, even as wealthy nations shun its money

South China Morning Post, 29 Sep. 2018

China will continue to push forward with global investment, even as a growing number of nations move to restrict the capital inflows, citing national security grounds



Influx of wealthy Chinese to drive stockmarket activity

The Australian, 26 Sep. 2018

The unprecedented flood of wealthy individuals leaving China and settling in Australia will help fuel one of the fastest booms in private wealth ...




Food investments 'ripe for picking' by Chinese

The Australian, 26 Sep. 2018

Chinese investors in Australia attending a Sino-Australasian entrepreneurs summit have been told that the food and agricultural sector is ripe ...


Oysters wars: 'tsunami in a small pond' as $20m investment triggers fear and suspicion

SMH, 29 Sep. 2018

Batemans Bay oyster farmer Ray Wilcox was ready to spend up big.




Chinese gas deal: National security concerns could be eased if it invests in local market, argues Liberal MP

ABC Online, 26 Sep. 2018

A Federal Liberal MP has suggested a Chinese and Hong Kong based consortium hoping to buy large swathes of the nation's gas pipelines could allay national security concerns by committing to invest in the sector, as security analysts urge the government to block the deal.



Retail & Tourism

7 million Chinese to travel abroad this Golden Week, 21 Sep. 2018

It is estimated that nearly 7 million mainland tourists will travel abroad during the National Day holiday this year, accounting for about 5 percent of the total number of outbound tourists throughout the year, leading Chinese online travel agency Ctrip said in a recent report.


Ctrip's James Liang: Australia needs to lift 'boring' image to attract tourists

AFR, 28 Sep. 2018

The executive chairman of China's biggest online travel companysays there is a perception amongst Chinese tourists that Australia is "boring" and it needs to lure celebrities to the country or become a film set for blockbuster movies to become a "hot" destination like Thailand or Japan.




Australian universities slide down rankings prompts funding warning

SMH, 26 Sep. 2018

Nine Australian universities have been listed among the top 200 in the world but two-thirds of those have slid backwards on the rankings, amid warnings that funding cuts and more intense competition are damaging their reputations.




China Domestic

Tang Wei Stars in Major China-Australia Co-Production ‘The Whistleblower’

Variety, 28 Sep. 2018

Production is under way on “The Whistleblower,” one of the biggest Australian-Chinese co-production movies ever made. The film is a thriller about a Chinese expatriate who discovers a conspiracy at the firm he is working for.