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Postby winston » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:32 pm

5 Expensive Chinese Construction Projects That Are Useless

By Irene Luo

Source: Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1411225 ... campaign=6
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‘Benefits of Smog’ and 10 Other Absurd Claims by China’s Propaganda Machine

By Irene Luo

Source: Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1465249 ... campaign=8
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Postby winston » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:08 pm

Why China Still Makes the Financial World Anxious

By Ken Brown

The idea that China is still an engine of growth, and that there are big profits to be made there, is dangerous for investors.


China is opening its $6.7 trillion bond market—the world’s third-largest—as it tries to spread the risk from its credit binge.


Bank lending into China grew five times from 2010 to 2015 to $1 trillion, according to the IMF.


China knows it needs to keep its economy growing, but so far the only way that’s worked is by borrowing more. That poses risks to the bond market, to companies that have invested abroad and to banks that have lent in China.

One solution to boost growth would be to devalue the yuan.


Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-china ... 00179.html
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Postby winston » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:49 pm

Panama Papers Expose Secrets of Chinese Leaders

By Chris Chappell

At least 8 family members of current and former members of China’s supreme ruling body, the Politburo Standing Committee, have been exposed in the Panama Papers.


Source: Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2023733 ... e-leaders/
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Postby winston » Tue May 31, 2016 7:13 pm

Elder Party Cadre in Exile Suggests That Jiang Zemin May Be Arrested

By Frank Fang

Jiang Zemin and Li Peng placed their interests above all else during their reign,” Xu added.

Jiang the former Party chief, and Li the ex-Chinese premier had “formed cliques, engaged in corrupt activities with their children, and bred streaks of tigers and swarms of flies everywhere in China.”


Jiang had built up a sprawling political network during his time in office, and continued to influence Chinese politics for over a decade after relinquishing the position of Party leader. (He only gave up the military chair three years later.)

Elder son Jiang Mianheng leveraged his father’s prestige to build up a telecommunications empire, while younger son Jiang Miankeng had a stranglehold on the transportation and public works industry in Shanghai


Li Xiaolin, the daughter of former premier Li Peng, was for many years a state electricity mogul, and until last year, was the CEO of the Hong Kong-based China Power International, a subsidiary of one of China’s five biggest electricity companies.

In 2015, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed that Li and her husband had a Swiss bank account with about $2.5 million, and the Panama Papers showed that Li owned an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands; offshore companies are often used as tax havens by the wealthy.


Source: Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2079369 ... -arrested/
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Postby winston » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:39 am

How wealthy Chinese move hundreds of billions abroad to buy assets

Capital flight remains a concern for the authorities. But experts think the government has it under control, for now

China imposes strict capital control on residents, only allowing each individual to buy no more than US$50,000 in overseas assets annually.


“A widely used method is to fake invoices, such as overstating the value of imports,” he said.

For example, a Chinese company imports a machine and invoices it at US$1 million, while it’s actually worth US$500,000. The company pays the actual amount and puts the rest of the money in offshore bank accounts or invests it in other overseas assets.


For individuals who want to sneak out more than US$50,000 to buy overseas assets, such as a house in New York or Vancouver or Sydney, a popular way is to pool quotas of a group of family members or friends, with each person transferring US$50,000 out of the country.

The process is called “smurfing” in the banking industry, or “ants moving their house” in Chinese.


Another widely known method by individuals is to use underground private banks, which are popular in China’s southeastern provinces such as Guangdong.

A Chinese resident can deposit 1 million yuan in his account in a domestic private bank, and take out the same value of money in foreign currencies, such as Hong Kong dollar or US dollar, in the overseas branches of the bank as quickly as within hours.


Source: SCMP

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/ ... buy-assets
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Postby winston » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:42 am

June 21, 2017

What is the MSCI index, and why does it matter so much to China?

US$1.6 trillion tracking the MSCI EM Index.

MSCI said that it will include 222 A-share stocks, which only accounts for 0.73 per cent of the weighting of the EM Index.

The inclusion will take place in two steps, first in May 2018, and second in August 2018.

The full inclusion of domestic Chinese stocks in the widely tracked MSCI Emerging Markets Index could pull more than $400 billion of funds from asset managers, pension funds and insurers into mainland China’s equity markets over the next decade.


Source: SCMP

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/ ... -and-china
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Postby winston » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:55 am

China ‘exaggerated’ GDP data by 2 percentage points for at least nine years, new study says

Mainland has overestimated its nominal and real growth rates by about 2 full percentage points on average between 2008 to 2016

Calculations suggest that the current nominal size of the economy is about 18 per cent lower than the official level of US$13.4 trillion at the end of 2018

by Sidney Leng

It also raises questions not only about the quality of economic data from the world’s second largest economy, but also the willingness of the government to take the steps necessary to accurately report information.

It has long been believed that local Chinese officials inflate figures reflecting their economic performance, which is closely tied to their opportunity for promotion.

Local governments have fewer incentives to manipulate VAT revenue, since a large portion of it is eventually transferred to the central government, therefore overstating VAT would only increase fiscal revenue losses.


Source: SCMP

https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-econ ... least-nine
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Postby winston » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:31 am

Five different sub-themes of the Chinese growth story

Theme #1: Urbanization -- the movement of people from rural to urban areas to cities has been one of the biggest trends in Asia over the last several decades. In 1978, 17.9% of the Chinese population lived cities. By the end of 2017, that number had surged to 58.5%.

According to Global Demographics, China's urban population will increase from 834 million today to 989 million by 2028. That's almost one billion people in China's cities, which would represent 70% of the total population.

Let's put those percentages into actual numbers. In less than a decade, 155 million people are expected to move into Chinese cities. That's equivalent to the combined populations of the United Kingdom, Italy, and Australia.

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Postby winston » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:32 am

Theme #2: Infrastructure

By the end of 2020 -- yes, less than two years from now -- China plans to add 30,000 kilometers of new high-speed railway track to connect rural areas with the new sprawling cities. That's over 18,500 miles, enough for six different tracks to cross the United States.

In the 15 years between 2016 and 2030, China plans to spend $14.2 trillion on infrastructure.

One of the simplest and most effective rules of investing is to follow the money.

You can believe we'll be following a $14.2 trillion transfer of wealth just as you can be sure huge winners will be created.

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