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 […]

Briefly….Top Ten Tweets (Stimulating Times For Autos, Adverts, Regional Cities, Regions Near And Far, Risks, And Rich Barbie Buyers).

Friday, April 17th, 2009

After a short Easter break, the Tweets are back. Over the past week (or two) we have noted a few of our favourite Tweets. 1. Regional Cities: Growth hot spots: Baotou, Hohhot, Yantai…lots of T2 RT @eChinacities: How do the Cities of China Rate Globally? about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck Comment: As the […]

Protectionist Cocktail: FDI + ODI + M&A. Mix with Global Recession. Add Dash of Espionage.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The risk of protectionism is rising due to the economic crisis, and international M&A is in the frame. China rejected Coke’s bid for “Chinese” (it is Hong Kong-listed) juice maker Huiyuan under the anti-monopoly law, after an extensive review, and on fears that it would give Coke too much control of the market. But others […]

Briefly…Exports Down; Rebates Up; ODI Up

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

So much news, and so little time! We are experimenting with a new format that allows us to give maximum news in minimum time. So, in addition to our regular posts, here is some more news, in brief: China’s January exports fall 17.5% from a year ago Los Angeles Times – CA,USA The biggest percentage […]

A (China) Bonus For The Big Banks

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

As the big global banks are being bashed about the size of their bonuses, those that took a punt on big investments in their Chinese counterparts seem to be queuing up to sell their stakes (which, unlike all those sexy subprime investments, have created some real value). First to go was UBS, as reported in […]

FDI: The Rise & Fall (& Policy)

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Two headlines to consider: 1. “Foreign direct investment in China rises 23.6% in 2008” (MarketWatch) 2. “Foreign Direct Investment in China Falls 5.7 Percent” (Bloomberg) Of course they are talking about different timeframes, but it is clear from the text that the FDI environment is on the turn. MarketWatch notes: “China’s foreign direct investment rose […]

Monopoly on Coke

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Coke’s juicy M&A plans have already been raked over in the press (and on this blog). But next it is likely to be raked over by Chinese anti-monopoly officials (amongst others). As AP reports: “Coca-Cola’s $2.5 billion offer…for China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. already has stirred nationalist opposition. Comments posted on Chinese Web sites criticized […]

Coke’s FDI Mixer: Juice, Brand, Health, and Politics

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

There has been plenty of foreign direct investment (FDI) into China over the years, and it is continuing strongly (with the help of the RMB) despite lots of laws, regulations and rising costs, many of which have been reported on this blog. The last time we mentioned big FDI, it was in relation to China’s […]

Antitrust News (Again)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Recent reports about Microsoft being a target for China’s new antitrust laws have resurfaced in Caijing Magazine, which reports: “On July 31, one day before the new anti-monopoly law went into affect – the first of its kind for China – came into effect, lawyer Dong Zhengwei formally petitioned the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), the […]

Event: China Venture Capital & Private Equity London Forum 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The effect of the more than one year’s subprime mortgage crisis, the turbulent global economic situation, the continuing rise in the costs of raw materials and labor and dismal Chinese capital market performance do not hinder investors’ enthusiasm for China’s VC/PE market. According to Zero2IPO Research Center statistics, 47 VC firms established 63 funds during […]