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China The Biggest: Trade Marks (Not To Mention Bordeaux Imports)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The latest in our “Biggest” series of posts highlight’s China’s rise as a producer of trade marks…and a consumer of wines. According to Peoples’ Daily: “China took the top spot in the world for the total number of trademark applications and valid trademark registrations at the end of last year…IPR authorities in China received over […]

China The Biggest: Online Payments System

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It seems China will be the biggest in everything eventually, so we expect this series to continue for some time but, for now, we just want to note that (to the surprise of many who have never heard of it) that Alibaba’s Alipay, has overtaken PayPal as the biggest online payments system in the world. […]

China The Biggest: IPO

Friday, August 27th, 2010

We already know that China is the largest IPO market but, after the Agricultural Bank of China slipped on its “greenshoe”, China has now also produced the largest IPO ever (again). Reuters reports: “Agricultural Bank of China’s (AgBank) (1288.HK)(601288.SS) initial public offering hit a record $22.1 billion on Friday, after it exercised an over-allotment option […]

China The Biggest: IPO Market

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

China is already the biggest in many areas (as noted in past posts). And this leadership is not just related to production and consumption – this year it is expected to become the largest market for initial public offerings (IPOs), with some US$74 billion being raised. China Economic Review notes: “Chinese firms are expected to […]

China The Biggest: Property Investment Market

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The latest in our (likely to be endless) series on China’s emergence as the biggest international player in may areas. The latest, but not that last, is property. China Daily notes: “China overtook the United States as the world’s biggest property investment market last year and will probably keep the lead in 2010 on economic […]

China The Biggest: Gold Buyer

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Back in 2008 we already remarked on “China The Biggest: Gold Producer”. Now it has also become the biggest gold buyer too, according to a report from People’s Daily (h/t @westlawchina). “World Gold Council (WGC) data reveals that for the first time in 21 years the world’s central banks have been net buyers of gold […]

China The Biggest: On The Web

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

We knew it was coming, but China has now been confirmed as having the biggest online population in the world, as the BBC reports: “More than 253 million people in the country are now online, according to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The figure is higher than the 223 million that […]

China The Biggest: Building

Monday, March 17th, 2008

China is now home to not only the biggest wall in the world, but the biggest building too. It is in the form of the new (UK-designed) Beijing airport’s third terminal, highlights of which include (thanks to Bloomberg): • 2.95 kilometers (1.83 miles) length, from end to end • 1.3 million square meters (14 million […]

China The Biggest: Gold Producer

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

China does it again, this time on gold production. According to Forbes: “As it has done in many other manufacturing industries, China has made the most of its cost advantage to become the world’s largest gold-producing country, replacing South Africa. The news was confirmed by London precious metals consultancy GFMS when it announced on Thursday […]

China The Biggest: Company

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The latest chapter in our “China The Biggest” series reports on what is now the biggest company in the world by market capitalisation – PetroChina. The FT reports: “PetroChina shares nearly tripled as trading started in Shanghai Monday of the oil company which raised $8.9bn in mainland China’s largest initial public offering this year. The […]