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So, how is your 2014 going? For Jack Ma, the past five months were one crazy shopping spree. The 49-year-old billionaire founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group has been involved in eight major deals with a tally of close to $5 billion. That's equal to writing a check of around $1 billion every month. […]

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The author is Standard Chartered Bank Wealth Management Group The stock markets in general have come under pressure as we move towards a seasonally weak period and fears over a rate hike in the U.S. increase. This has resulted in the more defensive areas of the market, such as staples and utilities, being well supported […]

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New home prices (excluding affordable housing) in 56 cities among 70 medium-to-large-sized Chinese cities increased on a month-on-month basis in March, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics. Ten cities saw their new home prices unchanged from last month, while four cities witnessed price drops. This reinforces the weakening trend in China's […]

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Beijing-based dental service provider Arrail Dental Clinic has received $70 million series C financing led by New Horizon Capital, according to a company announcement. Prometheus Capital, Common Fund, Elite Capital and existing investors GL Capital, KPCB China and Qiming Ventures also participated in the round. Co-founded by the son of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao […]

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The ratio of total onshore and offshore debt to GDP in China has climbed to almost 250% from around 150% in 2009, writes Stephen Green, head of Greater China research at Standard Chartered, in a report. The bank estimates that China's total domestic and foreign outstanding credit at the end of last year stood at […]

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The author is global head of macro research at Standard Chartered Bank Marios Maratheftis The world economy is in transition. The U.S. monetary policy is transitioning from emergency mode to normality. China is moving toward a new economic model. Euro-area's growth is strengthened by intra-regional support. Middle East political change is bringing challenges and improvements. […]

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Washington, D.C.-based global private equity firm The Carlyle Group is the bidder who has offered a higher price to privatize NASDAQ-listed Chinese hospital operator Chindex International, Inc., according to Chinese media reports. Primavera Capital, a Chinese private equity firm founded by former chairman of Greater China at Goldman Sachs Fred Hu, is also considering making […]

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Chinese social networking platform Weibo Corporation has raised $286 million by offering 16.8 million American Depository Shares (ADR) at $17 per share. The size of its IPO is 21% smaller than its initial target of of $380 million, according to an announcement. The IPO was priced on the low end of Weibo's initial $17 to […]

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Chinese social networking platform Weibo Corporation has raised $286 million by offering 16.8 million American Depository Shares (ADR) at $17 per share. The size of its IPO is 21% smaller than its initial target of of $380 million, according to an announcement. The IPO was priced on the low end of Weibo's initial $17 to […]

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New York Stock Exchange-listed IMAX Corporation and Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Corporation says the two parties have established a joint-venture partnership with Chinese digital TV and new media firm Wasu Digital TV Media Group to cooperate on content delivery and other areas, according to a company announcement. The partnership is part of IMAX TCL […]

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New York Stock Exchange-listed Chinese solar panel producer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. says that it has signed an agreement with Shanghai Sailing Capital Management to jointly form a renewable energy fund in Shanghai to invest in downstream solar energy projects in China, according to a company announcement. The joint fund will have an […]

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The author is Song Yu, China economist at Goldman Sachs Gao Hua China's State Council announced a set of loosening measures to support its weakening economy. The measures include support for the agriculture industry and rural areas, as well as tax benefits, including for small businesses, to promote employment growth. These measures in our view […]

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China's first quarter GDP growth slowed to 7.4% from 7.7% the previous quarter, mainly due to weaker real estate sector activities and weak exports, says UBS in a research report. China's property activity lost steam in the first quarter, with activity slumping across the board. Sales fell 3.8% from last year, completion declined 4.9%, and […]

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During the first quarter, China's GDP grew 7.4% year-on-year, slightly better than market consensus of 7.3%. But other economic data appeared weaker than expected. China's industrial production grew 8.8% year-on-year in March, compared with Bloomberg consensus of 9.0%. Nominal retail sales expanded 12.2% year-on-year in March, largely inline with Bloomberg consensus of 12.1%. Fixed asset […]

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Beijing-based Chinese online video platform LeTV.com is planning to raise a buyout fund, according to a company announcement. The fund, named Ling Shi Investment Fund, will target to raise RMB500 million to RMB1 billion ($80 million to $160 million). Shenzhen-listed LeTV.com will commit RMB10 million to the fund. LeTV Holdings, the parent company that owns […]

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Fujian province-based Chinese paper packaging company Nature Packaging Group is to receive $50 million investment from Hong Kong-based Asian private equity firm RRJ Capital, according to media reports. The investment will give RRJ an undisclosed minority stake of Nature Packaging, whose founder and chairman Lin Shiwang will see his stake diluted. Nature Packaging manufacturers packages […]

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Here's a very nice tribute to the late constitutional law scholar Cai Dingjian by Mike Dowdle of National University of Singapore. (It's at the end of the book review.)

China's GDP growth slowed to 7.4% in the first quarter from 7.7% of the fourth quarter last year, mainly dragged down by slower investment growth, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The GDP growth is largely in line with market expectations of 7.3%. "We maintain our view that GDP growth is on a downtrend […]

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In this episode of China Money Podcast, guest Bing Lin, portfolio manager at Hong Kong-based $1.4 billion-under-management Keywise Capital Management, speaks to our host Nina Xiang about why he believes there are still many major overseas listed Chinese companies with fraudulent accounting practices, and how 2014 will be a great year for shorting certain overseas-listed […]

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Beijing-based Chinese Internet-based recruitment service provider Liepin.com says that it has completed $70 million series C financing led by Warburg Pincus and Matrix Partners China, according to a company announcement. This is the largest investment into a recruitment service company in the last five years in China. Previously, Liepin.com received series A round led by […]

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