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
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.
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.
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.