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The Chinese currency challenge

Australia could benefit substantially from the opening up of China’s capital markets, but this will require changes in policy settings and increased market awareness, a report from UNSW’s Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) has found. CIFR has released a 128-page research report into the internationalisation of the renminbi...



China’s Currency Conundrum

It seems the People’s Bank of China cannot win. In late February, the gradual appreciation of the renminbi was interrupted by a 1 per cent depreciation (to $1:¥6.12). Though insignificant in overall trade terms, especially when compared with the volatility of floating exchange-rate regimes, the renminbi’s unexpected weakening sparked...



Rural Australia has innovation lessons to teach us all

The word innovation is often associated with banks of computers, not the back paddock. But Australia’s agricultural sector is actually a world leader when it comes to research and development. Calls are growing for Australia to reverse a productivity malaise by investing more in knowledge infrastructure – it would...



China’s Nasdaq fails to get off the ground as venture capitalists look to the US

China’s equivalent of the Nasdaq stock exchange is failing to attract some of the country’s most innovative companies. ChiNext was supposed to anchor local high-tech businesses on home soil with a secure source of funding, but foreign investors have proven to be stuck in their ways. It has been...



Australia’s Economic Challenge in Asia with The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Australia’s future prosperity depends on how well it marries structural change in the economy to new opportunities emerging in Asia, especially China. At a time of deep shifts in the Australian economy, the challenge is to find new sources of growth and investment beyond mining. The Hon Andrew Robb...



Future of Agriculture in Australia – what is it

Old MacDonald sold the farm: so what’s the future for agriculture? When most Australians think about farmers, one image still springs to mind: a family in Akubras and Blundstones, battling the elements with a Blue Heeler by their side. That’s still the image invoked by politicians when calling for...



China’s new private banks slowly moving in right direction

The China Banking Regulatory Commission’s recent announcement that it would allow the creation of three to five private banks in 2014 is a positive yet cautious step toward financial reform. It is positive because the majority of loans under the almost entirely state-backed banking system continue to fund state-owned...



How should the world deal with Chinese reforms?

The liturgy in the West is that so long as China becomes a responsible stakeholder in the international economic system — conforming to the western created rules and norms — its accommodation into the global economy is guaranteed. The same liturgy used to be cited when Japan was on...



Australia’s Significant Investor Visa windfall

Real estate advisory arm of Korda Mentha have  revealed that the Australian Government’s Significant Investment Visa scheme is booming, with the number of approved visas growing exponentially in the second half of 2013. The visa requires, a “significant investor” to commit at least $5 million worth of investment into...



SPC Ardmona and the cheap Chinese food challenge

Those of us in China recognise that outbound China FDI is about Food Safety more than it is about Food Security or Food Sovereignty – which are domestic issues. State Owned Enterprises and their corporate offshoots will invest outside of their core industries but there is a barrier  to...



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