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How Chinese Crowdfunders Flipped Rundown Vancouver Apartments in 7,200 Seconds

An unlicensed realtor wheeling and dealing through Facebook. A stampede of investors frantically buying up dubious assets. And a city’s property markets pushed to the breaking point by a flood of Chinese buyers. All of these elements sound like a pot-boiler novel, but are already part of real life in the real estate markets of Canada’s west coast.

The story starts with the group-buy of a pair of run-down Vancouver apartment buildings valued at just C$17M (USD $13.5M) by a pack of mainland-backed investors for C$60 (USD $47.5), and then it starts getting interesting, according to an account in the South China Morning Post’s Hongcouver blog. 
An unlicensed realtor wheeling and dealing through Facebook. A stampede of investors frantically buying up dubious assets. And a city’s property markets pushed to the breaking point by a flood of C…
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Gucci Cracks Down on Netherworld Knock-offs - WSJ

Gucci is serious about stamping out fakes. Even in the afterlife.
In a letter this week, the luxury company urged six Hong Kong shops to stop selling knock-off Gucci-branded paper products meant as offerings to the deceased.
Gucci is serious about stamping out fakes. Even in the afterlife.
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China securities regulator confirms order to curb futures speculation - Reuters

China's securities regulator on Friday urged commodity futures exchanges to curb excessive speculation following a surge in prices that has sparked fears markets were heading for a dangerous boom-and-bust cycle.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said it would not allow the futures market to become a "hot-bed" for speculators.
The CSRC comments confirmed a Reuters story earlier on Friday that the regulator had asked commodity futures exchanges in Dalian, Shanghai and Zhengzhou to bring speculative trading activity under control.
China's securities regulator on Friday urged commodity futures exchanges to curb excessive speculation following a surge in prices that has sparked fears markets were heading for a dangerous boom-and-bust cycle.
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As China´s Smartphone Market Matures, Higher-Priced Handsets Are On The Rise - WSJ

Most people outside of China may have never heard of Oppo or Vivo, but the two are among the fastest-growing smartphone makers in the world, according to the latest data from a research firm.
The rise of Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp. and Vivo Electronics Corp., whose phones aren’t the cheapest on the market, reflects a maturing Chinese smartphone market in which consumers no longer flock to rock-bottom prices, analysts say.
Most people outside of China may have never heard of Oppo or Vivo, but the two are among the fastest-growing smartphone makers in the world, according to the latest data from a research firm.
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Uncovering China´s SOE Reform - Bloomberg

Three years after President Xi Jinping vowed to shake up state-owned enterprises, they're looking worse than ever. And not just in traditional smokestack industries such as coal and steel -- the malaise has spread to consumer and health-care firms.
The malaise goes a lot deeper than coal miners and steelmakers
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Shanghai should not fund faulty investments - William Bao Bean

Shanghai introduced in January a compensation scheme for investors who lost money on their investments, hoping to trigger more innovations. By doing that China´s second-largest city funds faulty investment deals, tells VC veteran William Bao Bean the BBC.
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The Economist on our New China-Africa Loan Data

Our new China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) data on Chinese loans in Africa was featured in an article in The Economist today. I'm pleased that they featured our findings that China Eximbank is not (as widely believed) a bigger lender to Africa than the World Bank:
Our new China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) data on Chinese loans in Africa was featured in an article in The Economist today. I'm pleased that they featured our findings that China Eximbank is not (as widely believed) a ...
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Foreigner Gets 10 Years in Prison for Selling Drugs in Shanghai

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine in Shanghai.
Identified only as “Mike”, the man pled guilty in a Shanghai court. He said he sold cocaine at Shanghai bars and entertainment venues between November 2015 and January 2016.
A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine in Shanghai. Identified only as “Mike”, the man pled guilty in a Shanghai court. He said he sold cocaine at Shanghai bars and entertainment venues between November 2015 and January 2016. Mike was stopped by Jing’an District police after “acting suspiciously” with two Chinese …
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China Statistics Chief Pushes for Better Data on New Economy - Bloomberg

The new head of China’s statistics bureau last month visited a Beijing district that’s home to some of the biggest technology companies to deliver the message that his agency must improve tracking of the new economy "as soon as possible."
Ning Jizhe said in a meeting with Beijing’s mayor and top Communist Party official that it’s challenging to accurately track new industries and business models, according to anarticle published by his agency, the National Bureau of Statistics. Officials haven’t created systematic ways to collect and classify data on the new economy, said Ning, a close adviser to Premier Li Keqiang who was named to the position in February.
The new head of China’s statistics bureau last month visited a Beijing district that’s home to some of the biggest technology companies to deliver the message that his agency must improve tracking of the new economy "as soon as possible."
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Statistical accuracy cannot be achieved without transparency in government and in the media, which means talk of greater accuracy is cheap. Open and independent monitoring detached from political influence is the only way to achieve rational and credible statistical analysis. The chances of that happening under the current regime and leadership are virtually non-existent.
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Carl Icahn says he sold entire Apple stake on China woes: CNBC - Reuters

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday he had sold his entire stake in Apple Inc (AAPL.O), citing the risk of China's influence on the stock.
Icahn, in an interview with cable television network CNBC, also said he was "still very cautious" on the U.S. stock market and there would be a "day of reckoning" unless there was some sort of fiscal stimulus.
Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday he had sold his entire stake in Apple Inc (AAPL.O), citing the risk of China's influence on the stock.
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Australia thwarts sale of its largest cattle farm to China

Chinese-owned Dakang Australia Holding had offered about A$370 million ($283 million, 248 million euros) to buy the 101,000 square-kilometer ranch owned by S. Kidman & Co., but Treasurer Scott Morrison told reporters on Friday that the proposal was "contrary to the national interest."
Generally, the Australian government would welcome foreign investment, Morrison said, adding: "We must always ensure it is on our own terms. There are not too many jurisdictions anywhere in the world where foreign acquisition of large holdings would be permitted."
The Australian government has blocked the sale of S. Kidman & Co. to a Chinese-led consortium citing national interests. It was the second attempt by Chinese buyers to acquire the ranch that is twice the size of Belgium.
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Outbound investment are going to continue - Shaun Rein

While economic growth has come down dramatically, it is very unlikely Chinese companies will reduce their investments in Europe and America, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the VOA. Foreign investments will be a key strategy for 2016.
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The Economist on our New China-Africa Loan Data
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Our new China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) data on Chinese loans in Africa was featured in an article in The Economist today. I'm pleas

Gucci Cracks Down on Netherworld Knock-Offs - China Real Time Report - WSJ
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Your status in life has no bearing on whether you can have a private car and driver in the afterlife.

Foreigner Gets 10 Years in Prison for Selling Drugs in Shanghai | The Na...
thenanfang.com

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling cocaine in Shanghai. Identified only as “Mike”, the man pled guilty in a

Exclusive: China securities regulator confirms order to curb futures spe...
www.reuters.com

China's securities regulator on Friday urged commodity futures exchanges to curb excessive speculation following a surge in prices that has

China Statistics Chief Pushes for Better Data on New Economy
www.bloomberg.com

The new head of China’s statistics bureau last month visited a Beijing district that’s home to some of the biggest technology companies to d

As China’s Smartphone Market Matures, Higher-Priced Handsets Are On the ...
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A commuter using his mobile phone passes an advertisement of Chinese smartphone maker Oppo at a train station in Singapore in this May 8, 20

Carl Icahn says he sold entire Apple stake on China woes: CNBC
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Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday he had sold his entire stake in Apple Inc (AAPL.O), citing the risk of China's influe

Australia thwarts sale of its largest cattle farm to China | Business | ...
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The Australian government has blocked the sale of S. Kidman & Co. to a Chinese-led consortium citing national interests. It was the second a

Shanghai should not fund faulty investments - William Bao Bean
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William Bao Bean Shanghai introduced in January a compensation scheme for investors who lost money on their investments, hoping to trigger m

Outbound investments are going to continue - Shaun Rein
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Shaun Rein While economic growth has come down dramatically, it is very unlikely Chinese companies will reduce their investments in Europe a

Chinese Investors Left Reeling After Wealth Management Firm's Collapse
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The $5 billion Shanghai company was the third financial firm to collapse in China since December. "Every time I take a bite of food," says a

Amazon Lands Key Partner In China – ChinaTechNews.com
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Amazon Lands Key Partner In China - ChinaTechNews.com

Lego: refusing to sell bricks to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a mistake ...
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Toy company chiefs say order was blocked by employee who misinterpreted rule on political neutrality, but deny they were influenced by China

China’s Statistics Bureau Staff Made $500,000 in ‘Unauthorized’ Profit, ...
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Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 14 March 2016.

Shanghai should not fund faulty investments – William Bao Bean | China S...
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Shanghai introduced in January a compensation scheme for investors who lost money on their investments, hoping to trigger more innovations.

Outbound investments are going to continue – Shaun Rein | China Speakers...
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While economic growth has come down dramatically, it is very unlikely Chinese companies will reduce their investments in Europe and America,

Chinese Outbound Real Estate Investment To Expand Into New Destinations ...
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Chinese Outbound Real Estate Investment To Expand Into New Destinations - China Money Network

Radisson the latest hotel chain to be snapped up by Chinese
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A unit of China's HNA Group has agreed a deal to buy Carlson Hotels, the owner of the Radisson chain, the firms said late on Wednesday.

This is why Apple iPhone sales are tanking in China - MarketWatch
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Apple’s Greater China sales plunged 26% in the first quarter, but other smartphone manufacturers, particularly those based in China, are sho

Avoid this hotel. At the checkout we were forced to pay for the minibar, for products we did not use. When we protested the owner got pretty aggressive, and made clear it was impossible they could have made a mistake. The conversation escalated and he even threatened my wife. There must be similar hotels with a good location and a reasonable price.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Excellent place and a great choice of wines. We actually never made it to the food, but enjoyed a nice wine on a sunny terrace
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Nice authentic Chinese food (not spoiled by European tastes) that is very good when you are craving for Chinese food after too much Italian. Preparation was a bit fast-food style, but tasting pretty well. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere, well, real Chinese.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago