Allianz joins the party for $500m Scape student digs fund
AFR, 23 Apr. 2018
The property arm of global insurer and asset manager Allianz will take a half stake in a new $500 million fund being raised by Scape to back a growing portfolio of student facilities.
Lendlease taps China's grey boom in retirement village deal
AFR, 23 Apr. 2018
Australian property developer Lendlease is breaking into China's booming aged care market with a $400 million deal to build a retirement village with 900 units in Shanghai, making it one of the first foreign companies to negotiate a deal in the sector without a local partner.
Confidence at Record Highs for Property Industry
The Urban Developer, 23 Apr. 2018
Confidence across Australia’s property industry has surged to record highs despite a Property Council of Australia and ANZ survey revealing expectations for New South Wales house prices are the worst in the survey’s history.
Mandarin-speaking robot to help sell Aussie real estate to Chinese
News.com.au, 26 Apr. 2018
CHINESE buyers of Australian real estate have been offered a new way to compete for home sales. And on the surface it sounds like pure science-fiction.
Currency & Financial
Australia will be the last to raise rates, says $100b global investor
SMH, 26 Apr. 2018
Australian bonds are a buy because the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates at a record low for at least the next six to 12 months, according to Morgan Stanley Investment Management. The company is avoiding the Aussie dollar for the same reason.
Debt bumps on China's Belt and Road
AFR, 27 Apr. 2018
It's the pet topic of journalists from China's state-run media machine.
CHINA’S ELDERLY CARE SECTOR BRINGS MATURING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Mingtiandi, 28 Apr. 2018
Earlier this month, Australia’s largest provider of senior housing entered the China market for the first time, taking advantage of what many investors see as one of the biggest opportunities in the country’s fast-growing real estate market.
Bordeaux Vineyards Are Finding Buyers From China, Australia
Bloomberg, 22 Apr. 2018
Two vineyard transactions in Bordeaux in the past month signal interest from overseas buyers in the region’s wine labels and production potential, amid a run of improved vintages since 2014.
Mass resignations at Chinese owner of Australia's largest dairy farm cast doubt on investment
The Guardian, 25 Apr. 2018
A mass board resignation at the Chinese firm that bought Australia’s largest dairy farm has fuelled concerns it may not fulfil the promises of local investment and environmental protection that convinced the Turnbull government to sign off on the sale.
Directors who quit Australia's largest dairy farm business urged Chinese owner to invest in it
The Guardian, 26 Apr. 2018
The directors who quit en masse from Australia’s largest dairy farm businessspent months trying in vain to convince its Chinese owners to urgently invest millions to make the company sustainable, including pleas to drought-proof its properties and improve animal welfare.
Federal Government gives $6 million to boost domestic gas supply to Chinese-owned Westside Corporation
ABC Online, 24 Apr. 2018
Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced grants to Westside Corporation and three other gas firms last month under the Government's Gas Acceleration Program (GAP), which was established to help develop and secure domestic gas supplies.
Retail & Tourism
Small business missing out on Asian consumer boom: Australia Post
SMH, 23 Apr. 2018
Australia's small businesses are missing out on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tap into demand from the burgeoning number of middle-class consumers in South East Asia and China, new research suggests.
'Little bit of noise': Blackmores unfazed by China-Australia tension
SMH, 24 Apr. 2018
Tensions between China and Australia have created a "little bit of noise" but will not affect Blackmores sales in Asia despite them being below expectations in the March quarter, says the head of the vitamins company.
China a big opportunity for Australians: Alibaba boss
The Australian, 25 Apr. 2018
Australian companies should take advantage of moves by the Chinese government to further open up its market to imports, says the chief executive of e- commerce giant Alibaba.
Australia's Chinese personal shoppers about more than baby formula — it's a $1 billion industry
News.com.au, 26 Apr. 2018
Ever seen people clear entire shelves of baby formula at your local pharmacy or supermarket?
Aussie retailers ramping up Alipay marketing
Australia China Business Review, 26 Apr. 2018
Up to 57,000 retailers in Australia and New Zealand will be given the opportunity to target Chinese tourists with discounts and offers prior to their arrival, under a new marketing arrangement through payments providers Smartpay and Incentiapay using Alibaba Group's payments platform Alipay.
Australian universities fear offending Chinese backers: Clive Hamilton
The Australian, 27 Apr. 2018
Prominent Australian academic Clive Hamilton has told a powerful US congressional committee in Washington that Australian universities are so financially beholden to China that they have abandoned their principles of academic freedom.
The Web Celeb Making ‘Hanfu’ at Every Size
Sixtone, 27 Apr. 2018
Plus-size designer and model uses traditional Chinese fashion to reshape modern beauty ideals.