Philip Wen

Philip Wen

Philip Wen is the China correspondent for Fairfax Media.


Chief of Australian online firm Uglii resigns amid allegations of corporate misconduct

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Philip Wen Chief executive of Australian Internet firm Uglii resigns as the corporate watchdog ramps up its investigation into allegations the firm engaged in serious corporate misconduct.

Food supply brings ChemChina to the table

The acquisition is aimed at boosting crop efficiency and productivity, with Syngenta a world leader in pesticides and yield-boosting genetically modified crops.

Philip Wen It would be the biggest Chinese takeover deal on record, and is unlikely to be the last with China seeking to shore up security of food supply for its population.

China cracks down on $10b Ezubao Ponzi scheme

Ding Ning, the owner of Ezubao, speaks during an interrogation in an unknown location in this undated image taken from a China Central Television (CCTV) video.

Philip Wen Chinese police have arrested 21 people connected with an online finance company accused of fleecing more than $10 billion from investors in one of the world's largest-ever Ponzi schemes.

Kidman sale imminent with Shanghai Pengxin Group in box seat

Australia's biggest cattle station is expected to be sold to Shanghai Pengxin Group.

Philip Wen and Jared Lynch The federal government is poised to wave through the high-profile sale of Australia's largest private landholding, S. Kidman & Co, after blocking the deal in November on national security grounds.

China attempts to walk the economic tightrope

Chinese President Xi Jinping has tried reassure investors that China's economic fundamentals are sound.

Philip Wen Managing slowing growth without overdoing stimulus is proving difficult.

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Chinese companies in trouble withhold wages and illuminate economic challenge

Philip Wen Worker outrage is a sign of softening in world's second largest economy.

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Away from bright city lights, cracks in Chinese economy show

Oone stall has a Uniqlo down jacket for just 100 yuan ($21.60), some five times below recommended retail. Upon closer inspection, though, it is a (fairly decent) knock-off.

Philip Wen The fear for Chinese leaders is that the rhetoric of doom and gloom becomes self-fulfilling, spooking consumers into spending less.

Casualties of China's slowing economy

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Philip Wen State owned Longmay mining group is announcing it will cut 100,000 jobs from it's coal mine in Hegang.

Coal mining town Hegang on its knees as China economy shifts

Miners arrive for their shifts in Hegang.

Philip Wen The gritty town of Hegang, in north-eastern Heilongjiang province, is a coal-mining community on its knees.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group buys South China Morning Post

Power grows ... Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma has pledged to uphold editorial independence at the South China Morning Post.

Philip Wen Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has acquired the South China Morning Post, a move which simultaneously signals its intention to expand its media influence beyond mainland China while sparking...

China mystery as Fosun's Guo Guangchang goes missing

Mr Guo is one of China's most recognisable investors at home and overseas with a fortune of $US7.8 billion.

Philip Wen The high-profile billionaire chairman of China's biggest private conglomerate, Fosun Group, has gone missing amid speculation he has been caught up in a deepening corruption probe targeting the...

World's biggest cattle station could head to carvery after Morrison blocks sale

Some of S. Kidman & Co's cattle stations are within the top-secret Woomera rocket range.

Jared Lynch and Philip Wen Australia's biggest private landholding could be carved up to satisfy Treasurer Scott Morrison after he blocked its sale to Chinese investors.

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New Darwin port group's militia links to China's military

The Chinese port of Rizhao in Shandong province is also a major naval base.

Philip Wen Landbridge Group is among a number of firms in the key Chinese port city of Rizhao to have established armed militia units to support the military in event of war.

Infant formula shortage no threat to Australia's food security

Tara Lloyd feeds her 8-month-old daughter Gracie Perkin a2 Platinum infant formula

Jared Lynch and Philip Wen China infant formula demand: is this the end of Australia's food security as we know it?

Barnaby Joyce: Supply, not restrictions, is infant formula solution

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says Australia needs to step up supply to meet demand for infant formula, rather than try to restrict supply.

Philip Wen and Jared Lynch Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the solution infant formula shortage is to increase supply rather than place restrictions on exports.

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Singles' Day: China creates the world's biggest online shopping event

James Bond actor Daniel Craig, left, attends the extravagant live television Singles' Day gala launched by billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma, right.

Philip Wen It's a bit like the Boxing Day sales, except in China, online and unfathomably bigger.


Local stocks dwindle but plenty of Aussie formula online for Chinese shoppers

The official Australia page on Tmall, a popular online shopping portal owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Philip Wen Australian parents might be struggling to get their hands on their preferred infant formula, but on the Chinese internet, there's plenty.

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China GDP: Services growth bolsters China amid industrial slump

Services like tourism have helped support China's growth during a slump in its industrial sector.

Philip Wen China's economic growth slowed less than expected in the third quarter, as resilient growth in the emerging services sector helped compensate for a deepening industrial rout.

China mulls new coal curbs that would limit emissions but dent commodity demand

Coal-fired power plants in China are operating at about half their capacity.

Philip Wen and Peter Hannam China is considering aggressive new curbs on coal consumption as it accelerates efforts to transform its economy and tackle climate change.

China's economic shift promises to aid climate fight but packs a commodity punch


Philip Wen and Peter Hannam China is promising peak carbon emissions by 2030 - but it could happen much sooner than forecast, and will be painful for many, including Australia's exporters.