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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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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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