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Chongming Island, Shanghai’s ‘last virgin territory’, woos foreign investors as it looks to sports, health care to boost eco-friendly economy

20 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Chongming district in Shanghai, dubbed the “Long Island in the East”, has set its sights on sports and health care to buoy its economic growth and help it achieve its goal of becoming a world-class ecological territory.Miao Jing, governor of Chongming, an island which at 1,400 square kilometres covers more than a fifth of Shanghai’s total area, told a government conference on Wednesday that the district is fine-tuning its business climate to draw capital from global investors, with priority…

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Shanghai bets on better educated workforce to ease ageing woes in China’s premier commercial hub

May 18, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Shanghai’s municipal authorities are counting on better education, an upgraded industrial mix as well as imported talent to sustain the competitiveness of China’s commercial and financial hub, even as a greying population potentially leaves the megapolis with a labour shortage.A highly educated population would cushion a decline in the labour force, said the city’s statistics bureau director Zhu Min, as he rolled out the red carpet to professionals around the world to settle down in the city…

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US businesses are a ‘quintessential’ part of China’s development, senior economic official tells American executives

May 13, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]An official with China’s top economic planning agency has told American company executives that they are “a quintessential part” of the country’s development, amid escalating tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Gao Jian, a deputy director with the international cooperation department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told more than 90 representatives of US companies in Shanghai on Thursday that Beijing was determined to broaden access for foreign…

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China’s company finance chiefs see business improving in 2021 as world emerges from pandemic, Deloitte survey finds

April 15, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Financial controllers at companies operating in China are expecting their businesses to perform better in 2021, bolstered by the global roll-out of vaccinations and rising consumer demand in Western economies, a Deloitte survey has found.Some 89 per cent of respondents said earnings would improve this year amid a brighter economic outlook, the survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) in China showed.Half of the CFOs are more upbeat about the Chinese economy than they were six months ago, the…

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Dongfeng launches a new brand, betting on the all-electric Voyah to catch up with Tesla, NIO, Xpeng and hundreds of electric car makers as China’s EV war intensifies

March 11, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Dongfeng Motor, the Chinese partner of Japan’s Nissan Motor and PSA Peugeot Citroen of France, has entered the world’s largest market for so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs), launching a new brand called Voyah to take on Tesla.The first all-electric Voyah model will be launched in July, fitted with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery with a range of up to 500 kilometres (310 miles) on a single charge, the Chinese carmaker said during a webinar. The basic model, expected to be priced at less than 400…

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Shanghai banks on big-ticket foreign direct investments to achieve ambitious growth and employment targets

January 28, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Shanghai, the mainland’s commercial and financial capital, riding high on the success of Tesla’s Gigafactory 3, is on the lookout for more foreign direct investment (FDI) projects to achieve ambitious growth and employment targets the city has set this year.Mayor Gong Zheng told a press conference on Wednesday that Shanghai remained the top choice for global investors looking to secure a foothold in the mainland, and FDI projects would continue to be a major growth driver for the country’s…

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WeChat’s value surpasses Ferrari as Covid-19 pandemic upends businesses and buoys technology brands from Apple to Tesla

January 26, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The global coronavirus pandemic boosted the brand value of China’s largest technology companies last year, even as it decimated livelihoods and economies the world over, according to a report by the British consultant Brand Finance.The brand value of Alibaba.com, the trading platform of Alibaba Group Holding that focuses on serving business and enterprises, jumped by 108 per cent to US$39.2 billion as the second fastest-growing brand, second only to Tesla’s 158 per cent increase, according to…

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Shanghai’s legislative advisers urge city’s financial exchanges to merge and list to open the world’s second-largest market place

January 25, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A score of Shanghai’s legislative advisors have called for the merger of the local stock and futures exchanges to attract global companies and investors raising funds, as the city marked 30 years of explosive growth to become the elder sibling of the world’s second-largest capital market.The merger was proposed by 20 delegates of the Shanghai People’s Political Consultative Conference (SPPCC), including the Shanghai Gold Exchange chairman Jiao Jinpu, the Shanghai chief of the Export-Import Bank…

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China’s second-half car sales defy global slump with 8 per cent gain, as buyers return to showrooms in world’s largest vehicle market

January 11, 2021

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s car sales increased during the six months ended in December, as customers returned to showrooms amid a tentative recovery in consumer sentiment in the first major economy to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.Sales of passenger vehicles – cars, sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) and minivans, excluding commercial trucks and buses – rose 8 per cent to 11.75 million units in the six-month period, compared with the interim a year earlier. Annual sales volume fell for the third straight year…

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China’s carmakers are beating internet start-ups in the battle for supremacy in the world’s largest electric vehicle market

December 23, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Beijing’s encouragement has fired up China’s new energy vehicle sector, pitting start-up electric vehicle (EV) makers against its more established conventional carmakers.But while US carmaker Tesla has reported rising sales and three New York-listed Chinese EV companies have seen their stocks skyrocket recently, industry observers say the established players will overtake these carmakers on their own turf.“Conventional carmakers still have an upper hand over the upstart EV makers in terms of…

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China’s average home price rises for 33rd month, defying bank regulator’s warning of ‘grey rhino’ spillover risks

December 14, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s residential property market rose for the 33rd straight month in November, prompting the government to continue its drumbeat of market-cooling measures to stave off the kind of risk that led to the 2008 subprime lending crisis in the United States.November’s average home price across 70 cities rose 4 per cent from a year ago, even if the growth pace was the slowest in six months, according to data by the National Bureau of Statistics. The average price rose 4.3 per cent in October from a…

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China widens exit for offshore stock investment plans in Hainan, Chongqing as yuan gathers strength against global currencies

November 30, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Beijing plans to expand two pilot programmes that allow residents to buy overseas equities under quotas amid investors’ increasing demand for global asset allocation.A free-trade zone in the southern Chinese province of Hainan, and the megapolis of Chongqing will begin trial runs of the qualified domestic limited partner (QDLP) and qualified domestic investment enterprise (QDIE) schemes soon, according to a Sunday notice by state news agency Xinhua, citing unidentified officials with the State…

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Alibaba says Singles’ Day record sales show resilience in economy as firm seeks to turn future editions into ‘fun-filled’ event

November 17, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Alibaba Group Holding, which operates the biggest e-commerce platform, said the latest Singles’ Day shopping gala has produced “satisfactory” results, pointing to a resilient economy amid a rebound in consumption, chairman and chief executive Daniel Zhang Yong said.Purchases by mainland consumers during the extended Singles’ Day festival – an 11-day event from November 1 to 11 – reached 498.2 billion yuan (US$75.8 billion), breaking last year’s one-day record by 26 per cent. Last year, the one…

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China’s commercial property deals will double in value to almost US$100 billion by 2030, CBRE predicts

November 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s commercial property deals are expected to double in value over the next decade, buoyed by an increase in capital coming from insurers, the emergence of more investment funds and the creation of real estate investment trusts (Reits), according to CBRE.The global property services firm forecasts in a research report that the transaction value of commercial properties – which includes office and retail spaces – could top 650 billion yuan (US$98.3 billion) in 2030, more than twice the…

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China keeps 20 per cent sales target for home-grown electric cars by 2025, calling controversial industrial plan by another name

November 3, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s planners are maintaining their bullish target to spur home-grown brands in the world’s biggest electric vehicle market as they repackaged a controversial industrial plan under a new guise, seizing the opportunity to keep factories churning while competitors lay idle amid the coronavirus pandemic.Green vehicles – comprising pure electric cars, petroleum-electric hybrids and vehicles that run on fuel cells – will make up one in five automobiles on China’s roads by 2025, according to a…

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Shanghai’s global hub ambitions take a hit as high-tech rival Shenzhen’s new-found autonomy threatens to put it in the shadows

November 1, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Shanghai’s efforts to build itself into an international financial hub suffered a blow when Beijing granted greater autonomy to its high-tech rival, Shenzhen, aimed at boosting its role as a model for the country’s development, according to analysts.With the southern city neighbouring Hong Kong now able make its own laws on market liberalisations, Shanghai, formerly a front runner in making economic and financial reforms, finds itself under mounting pressure to maintain its status as mainland…

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Parent of BMW’s Chinese partner defaults on a bond, as declining car sales pile on to the debt woes of China’s corporate borrowers

October 27, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Huachen Automotive Group Holding, the state-owned parent of BMW‘s main Chinese joint-venture partner, has defaulted on a bond payment, heightening fears about the debt-ridden carmaker’s fate.The company was not able to repay a 1 billion yuan (US$149.1 million) corporate bond paying 5.3 per cent in annual coupon, which it sold via a private placement three years ago. The group is “working hard to raise money and discussing with investors to iron out the issue,” according to a Shanghai Stock…

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China’s September passenger car sales rise for third straight month, as consumers put Covid-19 firmly in their rear-view mirrors

October 13, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s passenger car sales grew for a third straight month in September, and industry insiders said they foresaw a sustained increase in sales during the remainder of the year after the country successfully contained its Covid-19 outbreak.Deliveries of passenger cars, which include sedans, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and multipurpose vehicles, rose 7.4 per cent year on year to 1.94 million units last month, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Deliveries of passenger vehicles…

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China’s EV makers pour billions of dollars into research, output and marketing to catch up with Tesla on their home turf

September 29, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Manufacturers and assemblers of electric cars in China, the world’s largest vehicle market since 2009, are sharpening their pitches and raising their game as they pour billions of dollars into research, sales and marketing to catch up with the industry leader Tesla in their home turf.Long driving range on a single charge is essential in a nation with the world’s third-biggest land mass, as are sophisticated electronic gadgetry, unique applications, bells and whistles, according to the range of…

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Geely gets nod to raise capital on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-like Star Market as carmaker remakes itself into tech company

September 28, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Geely Automobile Holdings, China’s largest private carmaker and owner of Volvo Cars, has obtained regulatory approval for a secondary listing on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-like exchange for start-ups, as it redefines itself as a technology company with its line-up of 10 electric cars by 2025.The Hangzhou-based carmaker aims to raise as much as 20 billion yuan (US$2.94 billion) on the Star Market to finance its development of new technologies and models, according to an announcement by the Shanghai Stock…

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China’s Xpeng unveils a flying car prototype in its debut at the premier trade show of the world’s largest vehicle market

September 26, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Xpeng Motors, armed with cash from its US$1.7 billion New York stock sale last month, said it’s developing a flying car to sharpen its research into mobility, electrification and digitalisation.The Kiwigogo can carry two passengers and levitate at between 5 metres and up to 25 metres (82 feet), according to the specifications of a prototype displayed at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which begins today in the Chinese capital. The drone-like vehicle, installed with eight…

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China’s private sector feels the hardest pinch in balancing profits with job safety, as Covid-19 takes its economic toll, survey finds

September 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s private sector, the provider of more than 80 per cent of the nation’s urban jobs, has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as companies struggle with balancing their profitability with a social obligation to maintain jobs, according to a survey by the biggest industry guild.The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) said its survey of the country’s 500 largest privately owned companies showed 96 per cent of them being walloped by the deadly coronavirus,…

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China’s July new stock accounts more than double to 2.43 million as traders continue their headlong dive into market to sustain rally

August 20, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The Chinese population is continuing its headlong plunge into the stock market, a second monthly surge that sustains the momentum behind one of the world’s best-performing major benchmarks this year.July’s new A-share trading accounts more than doubled from last year to 2.43 million, according to data by the China Securities Depository and Clearing (CSDC). That raised the total to 170.2 million accounts as of July 31, making it the world’s eighth largest cluster of people, more than the…

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China’s financial clean-up whittles thousands of peer-to-peer lenders down to just 29, with US$115 billion in outstanding debt

August 14, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s defunct peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders still owe depositors 800 billion yuan (US$115 billion) four years after a crackdown to clean up the sector, but the mainland’s top regulator said he will do his best to help victims recover their funds in a segment where only a few operators remain.“We’ll assist public security authorities to track down the money even if there is only a glimmer of hope,” Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), told state…

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Singapore’s Keppel Capital builds its second Greater Bay Area data centre in Huizhou, rising on city’s infrastructure building spree

July 25, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keppel Capital, the asset management arm of Singapore’s conglomerate Keppel Group, has agreed to invest 1.5 billion yuan (US$213.8 million) to build a data centre in Huizhou, boosting the city’s ambition to create the IT backbone for southern China’s Greater Bay Area.The data centre, located in Tonghu Smart City, an industrial complex developed by Country Garden Holdings, will have gross floor area (GFA) of 45,000 square metres (486,700 square feet) when construction is completed in 2022,…

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Star Market, Xi Jinping’s US$376 billion baby, is poised for Ant Group boost as it turns one

July 22, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]As far as first birthdays go, few would compare with the progress China’s version of Nasdaq has made in its first 12 months.Ordered into existence by Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2018, and launched less than eight months later, the technology stock-heavy Star Market has become Asia’s largest such market by value – as of Tuesday, it was capitalised at 2.62 trillion yuan (US$375.9 billion).More than 130 companies have raised 205 billion yuan in capital over the past year, 34 per cent…

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China cautiously opens up domestic tourism to unleash pent up spending power and bolster the sagging economy

July 15, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s easing of domestic travel restrictions is expected to provide a boost to the mainland’s nearly 6 trillion yuan (US$857 billion) market and save thousands of tourism companies teetering on the brink of collapse after struggling for nearly six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s move on Tuesday night to allow travel agencies to operate group tours across provincial borders also provided a boost to the shares of mainland travel companies.The…

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Shanghai bets on consumer spending to propel the battered local economy in post-coronavirus era

July 1, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Angus Gu, a jeweller, was one of hundreds of retailers to set up a market stall outside Shanghai’s Bund Finance Centre (BFC) at the weekend in a bid to reach shoppers beyond his loyal customer base.The inaugural BFC Weekend Market, showcasing mainly local goods at knockdown prices, was part of a huge push by the city’s authorities to stave off recession by boosting consumption after Covid-19 lockdown.The government aims to reignite the faltering economy by fostering what it terms innovative…

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China’s consumption upgrade hits coronavirus hurdle as consumers want more bang for their buck amid slowdown

June 30, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The coronavirus pandemic has set back China’s consumption upgrade as people become increasingly price conscious amid falling household income due to the economic slowdown, with spending on fast-moving consumer goods likely to fall for the first time ever this year, according to a joint study by global consultancy Bain & Co and market research firm Kantar Worldpanel.The study found that expectations of “revenge spending” will not be enough to overcome the 6.7 per cent slump – the biggest decline…

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As China’s ‘vendor economy’ goes from state approval to reject, analysts see synergies with commercial real estate market

June 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s street vendor economy is getting some mixed signals from municipal governments after an apparent endorsement from the State Council, causing confusion about the role of small businesses in the midst of a slump.Since Premier Li Keqiang called for a loosening of controls on small vendors on the streets of Yantai in Shandong province, the message has been interpreted as a nod for mobile stalls to alleviate an unemployment crisis and provide an income avenue for millions of workers…

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