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After 40 years of liberalisation, China still has a long way to go

Saturday December 22 marked 40 years since China began its long march of economic reform and opening up. The particular anniversary is of the end of the 3rd plenary session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, at which Deng Xiaoping effectively became paramount leader of the Communist Party, and won a mandate to begin reforming and opening up the country to the world. Deng’s reforms started with the effective privatisation of agriculture: the collective farm system was... Read More >

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Xi Jinping is digging in Anyone who thought Xi Jinping was a reformer should think again
There had been much speculation about President Xi Jinping’s long-awaited speech in the Great Hall of the People marking the 40th anniversary of ‘Reform and Opening Up’. Although the recent detention of Huawei’s CFO undoubtedly upset Read More >
TRADE WAR NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM FOR CHINA’S CRE Why current relations between US and China shouldn't necessarily be a cause for concern
The U.S-China trade relationship has clearly entered unchartered territory. The introduction of new and retaliatory tariffs indicates that no resolution is in sight. But where commercial real estate is concerned, it is not all doom and gloom, Read More >
Xi’s bridge too far It looks like the world's longest bridge will become a white elephant
This week, China opened the longest sea bridge in the world. Spanning the Pearl River, the 55-kilometre bridge, which submerges into a tunnel briefly so as not to interfere with shipping, links Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai, and thereby to Read More >
Bringing the Greater Bay Area to the World Stage Unprecedented potential for businesses with ambitions to tap into mainland China
Southern China is experiencing a once-in-a-century transformation. The change will be societal. The transition will be economic. The outcome will forever alter the fortunes of the internationally important, globally connected economic zone. And Read More >
China’s consumers are a major global opportunity Phenomenal growth opportunities in Chinese real estate and logistics
Since China’s economic take-off in 2000, investment has driven GDP whilst the contribution of consumers’ spending diminished. This is common in export-oriented economies, but China’s low private consumption has continued for over a decade, Read More >
Scenic view of traditional Chinese tile roofs of houses in the Old Town of Lijiang, Yunnan province Is the Chongqing model the answer to the property price question in China? How China's fourth provincial level city controlled property prices with land supply
Property prices have been rising at an alarming speed in many Chinese cities in the last ten years. For instance, official statistics show that house prices in Shanghai and Beijing more than tripled between 2006 and 2016 (see Figure 1). If this Read More >
A Chinese building in the mountains, with a traditional ship afloat on a lake. Let’s talk about C.H.I.N.A. Dr Helen Bao introduces her series on private property ownership in China
In 1982, my uncle’s family was thrilled by some good news. The head of the family, my uncle Xiang, had been allocated a new apartment unit by his employer, which was the largest state-owned company in the remote town where he lived in China. Read More >


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