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Alibaba founder Jack Ma's road to the top

Calum MacLeod 10:38am China's richest man celebrated his 50th birthday last week in the United States and expects his company will last twice as long, plus two years.


China money market rates drop, traders suspect large cash injection

Traders suspect cash injections from by the People's Bank of China are behind money market movements.

China's money market rates fell on Thursday, with improving liquidity seen in the financial system after reports the central bank was injecting $US81 billion into the country's top banks to shore up the economy.


Bindaree beefs up with meat deliveries to China

The NSW beef company will supply burger-sized cuts to Chinese food retailers.

JARED LYNCH Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce's mission to China is starting to pay off, with a NSW beef company striking a deal to fly fresh meat into Shanghai.


Meaty business: Feeding into the next China boom

“Back in 2003 and 2004, everyone was asking if you knew a supplier for iron ore,” one China-based Australian mining executive said. “These days, people are asking, ‘do you have suppliers for beef?’”

PHILIP WEN As China's hunger for Australia's resources fades, dealmakers bet on its growing appetite for our food. Mining billionaires Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart are among those seeking to tap the new China boom.


China's stimulus welcomed by investors

China has pumped money into banks to bolster confidence.

ROSE POWELL Chinese banking stocks and copper jumped on reports the central bank has injected cash into the country's biggest lenders in a move to bolster the economy and calm investor fears that growth is slowing more than expected.


China provides $89.5b liquidity to its five biggest banks

Cash injection: The central bank's move to prop up China's key lenders is

China is providing 500 billion yuan ($89.5 billion) of liquidity to its five biggest banks as Premier Li Keqiang steps up stimulus to support economic growth, reported on Tuesday.


Australian export risk on China dirty coal ban

A tourist with a protective mask takes a selfie at the Bund under heavy haze in Shanghai.

BRIAN ROBINS A large portion of Australia's coal exports to China could be at risk from a Chinese government decision to block imports of lower-quality "dirty" coal from 2015.


China bans dirty coal to fight pollution

Air pollution has become a huge issue in China's major cities.

China has banned the sale and import of coal with high ash or sulfur content in a move to promote cleaner coal and improve the nation's air quality.


Barnaby Joyce says Australian imports pose little threat to Chinese farmers

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

PHILIP WEN Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has arrived in China with a clear message aimed at alleviating anxiety over the threat posed by Australian agricultural imports to farmers on the mainland.


More punt than investment: Aussies jump on Alibaba bandwagon

Alibaba is being touted as one of the largest sharemarket floats in history.

ROSE POWELL Most Australians will not have direct access to Alibaba shares when it floats next week, but some are turning to risky ways to get in on the action.

China aims high for carbon market by 2020

Promethean task: reducing China's carbon footprint.

China's national carbon market is likely to regulate 3-4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020 and be worth up to 400 billion yuan ($72 billion), a government official said on Thursday, which would make it twice as big as the EU market, currently the world's biggest.

China could be the next Japan: Merrill Lynch analysts

Merrill Lynch says China is facing similar problems to those confronting Japan before its asset bubble burst after peaking in 1989.

ROSE POWELL China's economy is slowing down, with imbalances starting to look similar to those that sparked long-term stagnation in Japan, Merrill Lynch analysts warn.


China's stock surge tipped to fizzle

Chinese shares might finally be showing some post- GFC life, but some analysts don't expect the rally to last.

PATRICK COMMINS Chinese mainland shares have hit 18-month highs ahead of a historic linking of the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges next month.


ANZ's Andrew Geczy: Get over China and starting looking at the rest of Asia

Andrew Geczy:

Stephen Cauchi South-east Asian nations should be considered as important to Australia as China, a senior ANZ banker told a lunchtime meeting of leading business figures today.


'Clear and present danger': Australia to be hit as Chinese economy starts unravelling

Construction of housing in China is a key driver of demand for Australia's iron ore.

ROSE POWELL Economists are increasingly concerned the Chinese property slump will wreak economic havoc globally.


The Chinese economy's Breaking Bad moment

Is China's economy having a breaking bad moment?

ROSE POWELL At first glance, one of the most gruesome scenes in Breaking Bad may have little in common with the Chinese economy, but according to Westpac it's a fitting analogy for how the downturn in the country's housing market could pan out.


China banking crisis 'almost certain', warns economist Gabriel Stein

Even the failure of a small bank could trigger a crisis of confidence in the Chinese financial system, says economist Gabriel Stein.

Jonathan Shapiro China’s financial system is “almost certain” to face a full blown banking crisis according to a senior international economist.


PMI: China manufacturing growth slows in August

A labourer works inside a factory in Qingdao.

Chinese manufacturing activity growth slowed in August, losing momentum for the first time in six months after having hit its highest level in more than two years.

China's national carbon market to start in 2016, official says

Carbon emissions are to collect a national price in China.

China plans to roll out its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016, an official said Sunday, adding that the government is close to finalising rules for what will be the world's biggest emissions trading scheme.


Platinum International Fund bullish on China

China's property market slump is 'solvable', says Platinum.

ROSE POWELL Property prices are down, the markets are edgy but this Australian investment fund is confident Chinese shares will deliver tidy returns.


Billionaire Ma emerges as China's richest man before Alibaba IPO

Rapid wealth creation: The listing of Jack Ma's e-commerce giant Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange next month could make China's richest man even richer.

Jack Ma is China's richest person. The 49-year-old founder and chairman of Alibaba Group has a net worth of $US21.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

China considering $16 billion for electric-vehicle chargers

A lot more electric cars headed for China's roads.

Bloomberg News China is considering providing as much as 100 billion yuan ($16.25 billion) in government funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities and spur demand for clean cars, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Free Trade

Many businesses bewildered by free trade agreements

Many businesses are excited about the potential of free trade agreements but not sure how to access the benefits.

JARED LYNCH Most Australian businesses are clueless about free-trade agreements despite many eagerly anticipating such a deal with China.

China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook

Will China learn from carbon market mistakes elsewhere?

As China lays down plans for a national carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits.


China seen taking steps to sustain growth rates

Chinese policymakers may step up stimulus measures such as cutting interest rates, analysts say.

China's plunge in credit expansion last month and unexpected slowdown in investment spending flashed warnings on growth that investors and economists bet will spur policy makers to expand stimulus.

Coal mining downturn to be prolonged: Citi

Coal miner

BRIAN ROBINS The downturn in the coal mining sector may have further to run, with no upturn expected anytime soon as investment bank Citi has warned of a further decline in capital spending which will pressure the near term prospects for a range of heavy engineering and mine servicing operators.


China's PMI continues to rise

The 51.7 reading topped the 51.4 median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Jessica Sier An official Chinese manufacturing gauge rose, bolstering the government’s chances of meeting its 2014 economic growth target of about 7.5 per cent and continuing a recent run of positive data out of the world’s second largest economy.


Australian dollar climbs on China factory PMI data

Government stimulus helped China's factories in the second quarter.

The Australian dollar hit a three-week high on Thursday after a closely watched survey showed activity in China's factory sector in July expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

China's economic growth bounces back

China is headed for its slowest rate of annual expansion in more than 20 years.

China's economic growth accelerated for the first time in three quarters after the government expedited spending and gave banks more room to lend to counter a property slump.


China gets the brakes on falling factory prices

The latest data on prices for goods being shipped from China's factories has helped ease fears about deflation.

Mark Mulligan The fall in China’s factory-gate prices decelerated to its slowest pace in more than two years in June, easing fears of deflationary pressures in the world’s second-largest economy.

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