Sydney, Melbourne house sales slowed in 2017 on stock shortages, investor curbs
AFR, 20 Mar. 2018
Home sales in Sydney and Melbourne fell last year to their lowest levels in at least four years as stock shortages kept listings low and tighter credit rules hampered investor purchases.
ANZ boss Shayne Elliott tips soft landing for housing
The Australian, 22 Mar. 2018
A soft landing in the housing market is likely because Australias highly indebted households also have a high savings rate but there will be pain for some property developers, according to ANZ boss Shayne Elliott.
Easter hunt for property keeps houses open for viewing
News.com.au, 24 Mar. 2018
A SURGE in the number of potential buyers has prompted some northern beaches real estate agents to cancel Easter holidays in favour of opening houses for inspection.
Australian housing market ‘sleepwalking into disaster’
News.com.au, 24 Mar. 2018
HOUSE prices have increased sevenfold in Australia in the past 30 years - but what goes up, must eventually come down. Is anyone prepared?
Currency & Financial
The view from China: tariffs key threat to world economy
The Australian, 19 Mar. 2018
US trade sanctions are the key risk to the world's major economies, according to a group of eminent economists, one of whom concluded that at least US President Donald Trump won't be around forever, even if Chinese President Xi Jinping is.
Australia to take own path with China on intellectual property
The Australian, 21 Mar. 2018
Trade Minister Steve Ciobo today distanced himself from the US push to take action against China on intellectual property theft saying Australia had not faced the same issues.
For investment opportunities in Australia, look beyond banks: Credit Suisse
CNBC, 21 Mar. 2018
Australia may be a low-growth market, but there are still opportunities for international investors, according to Credit Suisse.
Australian fruit and nut exports to China up 500% in last four years
Fresh Plaza, 19 Mar. 2018
ANZFuture of Fresh reports that fruit and nut exports from Australia to China have increased by 500% in the last four years.
Harvard University goes nuts for almonds Down Under
The Australia, 19 Mar. 2018
Harvard University is developing about 600ha of former potato fields and other farmland in NSW, building a new dam and planting trees that will take about three years to bear their first edible crops.
Meat and Livestock Australia: Chilled beef is hot stuff in China
The Weekly Times, 20 Mar. 2018
CHILLED beef into China is an increasingly valuable market opportunity for Australia.
International buyers drive demand for wool as prices surge
Radio Australia, 24 Mar. 2018
It has been a rollercoaster ride over the past 30 years, but the future of wool is looking bright with international buyers once again looking to buy Australian wool.
Glencore Doubles Down on Coal With $1.7 Billion Australian Investment
Wall Street Journal, 20 Mar. 2018
LONDON—Glencore PLC added to its growing portfolio of coal assets with a $1.7 billion investment in a pair of Australian producers—part of a bet by the mining giant that demand for coal in Southeast Asia will remain strong, even as competitors shy away from the stuff.
Citigroup's Richard Saywell predicts a pick up in resources M&A
AFR, 23 Mar. 2018
Mid-sized resources companies are likely to increasingly seek offshore acquisitions to counter declining growth in Australia and will be backed by investors with a fresh appetite to support expansion by financially solid companies, according to Citigroup's lead investment banker in the sector.
Retail & Tourism
Local Chinese shoppers, or daigou, hungry for Australian food
The Australian, 19 Mar. 2018
The Australian-based daigou, or personal shoppers, are becoming increasingly important in selling Australian food products to Chinese consumers, according to Livia Wang, director of consulting firm Access CN.
Travel top priority: survey
Global Times, 12 Mar. 2018
The Chinese economy might be slowing and facing considerable challenges, but the country's rising middle class appears to be unconcerned, with many spending heavily on travel both domestically and internationally.
James Packer, Australian Billionaire, Resigns From Casino Company
NY Times, 20 Mar. 2018
SYDNEY, Australia — James Packer, a colorful Australian billionaire who has found himself embroiled in a corruption scandal involving Israel’s prime minister, has resigned as a director of Crown Resorts, the casino company that is a source of much of his wealth.
A$5,888-a-night room with karaoke reveals Australia's China bet
The Business Times, 25 Mar. 2018
[SYDNEY] Star Entertainment Group's newest luxury hotel reveals the Australian casino operator's own naked bet on big-spending Chinese gamblers.
Stop relying on Chinese international students, ASEAN countries say to Australia
ABC Online, 21 Mar. 2018
Calls for Australia to stop relying so heavily on Chinese international students and start looking to its neighbours for students will be discussed at an ASEAN education meeting in Malaysia today.
Swinburne launches advanced manufacturing centre in Weihai, Shandong
Swinburne, 20 Mar. 2018
A new research centre has been launched in Weihai, Shandong, connecting Swinburne with industry in China and South Korea.
Migrant children at the head of the class in Australia, OECD report finds
ABC Online, 20 Mar. 2018
Children from India, the Philippines and China are outperforming their Australian-born classmates by significant margins, according to a global education report.
Canada the lion dog? Overseas Chinese have the most sensational false video to the fire Chinese......
China Is Good, 20 Mar. 2018
Yesterday, Toronto's WeChat circle of friends are crazy for this video: