The Wild Wild East 28 February 2018

Property

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.

http://www.acbr.com.au/wu-yi-hopes-transform-construction-australia

 

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.

https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/china-still-a-major-player-in-australias-property-market

 

Chinese New Year to start buying spree in Australian capitals

News.com.au, 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.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/sydney-nsw/chinese-new-year-to-start-buying-spree-in-australian-capitals/news-story/c40fa47ac7a5d37eff746a60ef2ff77f

 

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.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-property-agents-attract-chinese-buyers-from-floor-numbers-to-feng-shui

 

 

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.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-20/it-s-china-not-u-s-treasuries-that-will-decide-aussie-s-fate

 

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.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/how-blackstone-helped-these-investors-dodge-the-amazon-bullet-20180220-h0wehf


 

Agriculture

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.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/for-australian-winemakers-chinese-relationships-are-bearing-fruit

 

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.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/stocks/australia-shares-slip-a2-milk-froths-up-on-china-demand

 

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.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Markets/Commodities/Australian-wool-thrives-as-Chinese-hunger-for-a-natural-feel

 

 

Resources

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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-trade-coal/chinas-january-coal-imports-from-australia-surge-as-blizzard-hits-idUSKCN1G808U

 

 

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. 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/a-new-app-reveals-south-australias-retailers-are-big-winners-from-the-record-number-of-chinese-visitors-to-the-state/news-story/43a98bc9b1545170cce9448088fe965d


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.

https://thewest.com.au/news/tourism/push-for-more-direct-flights-from-china-to-wa-as-tourist-drought-bites-ng-b88748428z

 

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.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/alibaba-cashes-in-on-tourist-boom-with-alipay-and-tmall-platforms/news-story/1e695bc2eda6e872df693aad75d508fc

 

 

 

Education

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.

https://www.ft.com/content/e1f92b40-11f9-11e8-8cb6-b9ccc4c4dbbb

 

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.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/19/campus-connections-matter-for-australia-china-relations/

 

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.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/china-pressures-australia-through-higher-education-sector/news-story/17344b0df8b59a560ff48431a5fcd2a3

 

 

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.

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001784/artisanal-woks-are-the-breakout-star-of-a-bite-of-china

 

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.

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001792/end-of-spring-festival-finally-brings-relief-to-single-women