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China Evergrande shelves stake sale, Kaisa clattered by downgrade

  Find out how China Offshore can introduce you to new intermediaries for your project or services.         By Clare Jim and Marc Jones     SHANGHAI/LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - China's property sector saw more drama on Tuesday as Evergrande shelved plans to sell a majority stake in its property services unit, Sinic formally declared default, and Kaisa was crunched by another credit rating cut.   Sources told Reuters that Evergrande, teetering on the brink of collapse with more than $300 billion in debt, had been forced to stall its proposed $2.6 billion, 51% stake sale to smaller rival...

What Evergrande signals about China's economic future

  Find out how China Offshore can introduce you to new intermediaries for your project or services.         By Alicia Herrero   Under Xi Jinping's new economic agenda 'common prosperity, China is cracking down on indebted real estate developers like Evergrande   China’s Evergrande has long been an icon. It is not only a real estate developer but a conglomerate that has embarked on many different ventures, including the production of electric vehicles.   Unfortunately, reaching such a huge size has come at the prize of huge leverage. Leverage is the use of debt in order to undertake an investment...

China stock market debacle: why this mutual fund is calling it an investment opportunity

By Sanchari Ghosh   Indian Mutual Funds that invest in China and the Greater China region have been vastly affected due to the recent volatility in Chinese stock markets. Panic selling among investors has resulted in a sharp fall in NAV for such funds.   The sell-offs were led by regulatory actions against the country's tech giants and more recently, a crackdown on Chinese private education companies.   However, Edelweiss MF, which runs the largest China-linked fund in India, says that the 'short term volatility has opened long-term valuation opportunities'.   In fact, the fund house suggests that "investors who have...

China Permanent Residence Application: Explaining the Process in Shanghai

  Find out how China Offshore can introduce you to new intermediaries for your project or services.       We explain the China permanent residence application process, with a focus on Shanghai, and benefits for foreigners living and working in the city.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing travel bans, many foreigners working in China have begun to consider applying for a Chinese “Green Card”, or permanent residence ID card. With the card, an expatriate will be able to enter China just like Chinese citizens, without going through visa formalities.   Holders of a Foreigner Permanent Residence ID Card are not...

China Willing to Invest $80 Billion in Iran’s Mining Sector

China is willing to invest a total of $400 billion in Iran’s economic sectors as part of its 25-Year Cooperation Agreement, some $80 billion of which are to be in the mining sector, the head of Mines and Mineral Industries Commission of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture said. “The significance of this amount becomes even more prominent when we take into account that over the last 95 years and since the reign of Reza Shah [the first Pahlavi monarch] up until now, investments made in Iran’s mines and mineral industries did not exceed $50 billion,” Bahram Shakouri...

Crypto-assets should be regulated as “alternative investments”, China’s central bank officials said

  Find out how China Offshore can introduce you to new intermediaries for your project or services.       By Kelly Le   China’s central bank is exploring a new stance towards Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, now calling them investment vehicles – but not currency   China’s central bank officials said that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies should be regulated as “investment vehicles” or “alternative investments” in the Boao Forum this weekend, as reported by CCTV, a Chinese state-owned TV station.    “We believe Bitcoin and stable coins are crypto-assets that should be regarded as investment vehicles, not currencies,” said Li bo, the Deputy...

China’s Epic Battle With Capital Flows Is More Intense Than Ever

By Sofia Horta e Costa and Enda Curran   In 2020, China’s efforts to lure foreign funds into its borders finally paid off. Investors from New York to London clamored for its stocks and bonds, cementing the nation’s position on the global stage.   Against the wreckage of the global economy and with unprecedented stimulus unleashed by central banks, China’s resilience to the coronavirus and its higher-yielding assets looked attractive. The result was a 62% increase in overseas holdings of local stocks from a year earlier to 3.4 trillion yuan ($520 billion), a 47% fillip for the bond market to 3.3 trillion yuan,...

Investment Treaties and Their Role in Protecting Chinese Investors

By Jern-Fei Ng, Stephen Peng, Lan Li, Hussein Haeri and Christina Liew   What is investment treaty protection?   Modern investment treaties as we know them have been around for approximately 60 years. In addition to providing qualifying international investors with substantive protections against unfair treatment, discrimination, and asset expropriation by the host State into which they have invested, one of the key benefits of investment treaties is that they allow investors – companies and even natural persons – to bring arbitration claims directly against States for wrongful treatment of their investments.   This innovation in the world of international dispute resolution originated in the early...