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Choppy waters for the property sector.

Choppy waters for the property sector.
The slump in China's property market looks to be accelerating with new home prices last month falling at the fastest pace on record. The sector is emblematic of problems such as rapid credit expansion and policies that promote short term growth over a more balanced economy.
 

 
House prices in the major cities surveyed by the National Bureau of Statistics, fell on average by 5.7 per cent compared to February last ...

NPC roundup March 2015.

NPC roundup March 2015.
As one of the most important annual political gatherings in China, the NPC lays out the leadership’s plans and priorities for the coming year. Outcomes from the legislature are closely scrutinised by global businesses keen to anticipate the future direction of the Chinese economy and plan accordingly. 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s annual government work report, delivered to the NPC earlier this month, featured a number of important announcements related ...

Free Trade Agreements, a force for change.

Free Trade Agreements, a force for change.
As part of it`s continued efforts to reduce the dominance of the US dollar for International trading and increase its own export growth, China is to increase the pace of its free trade negotiations in 2015.
 
 
China will launch Free Trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Israel and initiate FTA feasibility studies with Colombia, India, Nigeria, Nepal, Maldives and the South Pacific island nations. FTA`s help companies to both ...

Elderly Care Institutions: New law for Foreign Investment

Elderly Care Institutions: New law for Foreign Investment
With a projected 636 million people over age 50 by 2050, or nearly 49 percent of the population (up from 25 percent in 2013) the government is now seriously looking at expanding care home facilities in China (there are currently estimated to be just under 3 million care home beds across the country).        With the development of the economy, people's ideas on care-giving for the elderly are changing: A Chinese proverb calls filial ...

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean.
For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan, and as its third largest trading partner (bilateral trade was $3.62 billion in 2013). For China, Sri Lanka is a crucial gateway port providing it with a foothold near sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and entry into what India considers its sphere ...

Yinchuan

Yinchuan
A snapshot
 
Aptly known as the Phoenix city, Yinchuan is a city that is gradually rising into economic prominence. Located in the North West of China in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, a third of Niangxia’s population is Muslim, compared to the national average of 1.8% in 2010. In recent years, Ningxia has been the centre of a government campaign to promote Arab investment there, resulting in promising investments and high tech development on top ...

The PPP Dragon, China at No.1

The PPP Dragon, China at No.1
Once the most prosperous nation on earth, the recent report from the International Monetary Fund suggests that we are witnessing a return to this status quo, with China’s purchasing power parity (PPP) adjusted GDP estimated for the year at $17.6 trillion, compared to $17.4 trillion from the US.
 
Economists have been forecasting for some time that China will become the world’s biggest economy on a GDP basis by mid century. The new PPP ...

2014 Global Mobile Consumer survey - China edition

2014 Global Mobile Consumer survey - China edition
The China edition of Deloitte's Global Mobile Consumer survey provides unique insights into how Chinese consumers in different demographics interact with mobile devices. We asked Chinese consumers broad yet specific set of questions such as how likely they are to subscribe to 4G if available in their areas, what feature they would use more if the carrier network is 3 - 5 times faster, how frequent they change their mobile phones, how many apps they download per month, and how mobile ...

Left behind women.

Left behind women.
Much has been reported on the plight of  workers migrating in droves to make a better living in the cities, but little attention has been given to the wives they leave behind. According to the All China Womens’ Federation, there are up to 50 million of these ‘left behind women’ in rural China.The impact of this rural exodus reaches every corner of these women’s lives, from their daily workload to their role in the family ...

Corruption and Fox hunting under Xi.

Corruption and Fox hunting under Xi.
Now entering its second year, China`s anti-corruption drive is truly making progress and raising a few eyebrows internationally in both its depth and continued commitment to removing both the culture and perception of corruption in the country.
 
According to the Transparency International 2013 Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI), China is currently ranked 80 out of 177 countries, below South Africa and Brazil. Furthermore, out of the 28 economic ...

2014, State of the Media Democracy survey.

2014, State of the Media Democracy survey.
The first China edition of the 2014 Deloitte "State of the Media Democracy" Survey provides unique insights into how Chinese consumers in different demographics interact with media, including TV, newspaper, social network, gaming, advertising, and digital devices. This survey is part of the Deloitte research project conducted across the globe in 2014, covering Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, and the United States. In China, data was gathered from 2,000 Chinese ...

APEC 2014

APEC 2014
With the closing of APEC earlier this month, its staging in Beijing has provide the organization with some much needed limelight. The aspirations expressed and announcements made were by no means small: A USD 40 billion fund for infrastructure development, blueprint for the pursuit of a Free Trade Area for the region (FTAAP), US-China agreement of the reduction of Carbon emissions, Russian-Chinese agreement to use national currencies for trade settlements, as well as many other bi-lateral ...

Education insight report.

Education insight report.
A snapshot of education and related developments that occurred in China in the first half of 2014, prepared by Education New Zealand. 
 

 
China’s Ministry of Education released its full year figures on the number of students who travelled abroad in 2013. The figures show a record number of students – 413,900 – studied overseas.While the number of students heading overseas reached an all-time ...

Alibaba leading the way Internationally.

Alibaba leading the way Internationally.
September the 19th marked a milestone in China’s Internet history, the day the Hangzhou based e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), raised more than $25 billion in the largest IPO in history. Founder, Jack Ma, became China’s richest individual with an estimated net worth of $21.8 billion and the 17 other partners who invested in the company 15 years ago have made significant gains. As China’s internet economy grows we can expect more Ma`s to grab our ...

Chinese-Russian cooperation in the economic sphere: old friends new partners.

Chinese-Russian cooperation in the economic sphere: old friends new partners.
Its tough to keep up with geo-political posturing in the modern world; however it’s clear that Asia is the new epicenter of Great power alliances. Recent months have seen: India and Japan draw closer politically, China court India with promises of much needed infrastructure investment, greater Russian Chinese economic cooperation. It is Russia however that is on the precipice of uncertaintanty of whether it is really an Asian power and whether it wishes to once again seek a strategic ...

Sina Corporation.

Sina Corporation.
Sina Corporation is an online media company targeting the global Chinese community. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Shanghai, it is publicly traded in the US on NASDAQ where it IPO`d in 2000. It operates some of the most popular web portals and social media sites in China which feature targeted content. Users browse most content for free, and the company monetizes its readership by selling advertisements similar to traditional media formats. Historically, the company’s web portals ...

Pictorial: Treatment of ALS in China.

Pictorial: Treatment of ALS in China.
ALS awareness has recently been brought to people`s attention with the ice bucket challenge, globally raising an unprecedented 75 million USD for research into the disease. A specialized Chinese research and clinical application team at the Neurorestoratology center at Jingdong Zhongmei Hospital, headed by Professor Hongyun Huang, has been pioneering controversial treatments of central neural system diseases for the last decade: carrying out cell-based neuro-restorative therapies for spinal ...

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