Chinese economy sneezes, Australian miners catch a bad cold

Michael Sainsbury China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show. China’s economic growth in the third quarter was 7.3%  compared with the same time last year — its worst since 2009 — amid a continued downturn in the property […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese PR pitch

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has joined the Advisory Board of Beijing’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, one of the country’s top universities. While at Tsinghua he participated in a public Q&A for about half and hour, speaking Chinese only, as you can see Mr Zuckerberg is clearly pleased, and relieved, at the audience response he’s […]

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China’s anti-corruption campaign could hurt Aussie unis

Michael Sainsbury Amid the hullabaloo of ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the most important meeting of the year for China’s top leadership — the annual Communist Party Plenum — gets underway in Beijing today. It is at this meeting, the Fourth Plenum of the Communist Party’s Standing Committee of its 18th Congress, made up of the party’s top 200-plus members — rather than […]

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Xinjiang in radical Islam’s crosshairs

The Chinese Communist Party policy towards minorities, particularly Tibetans and Uyghurs, has clearly failed. Self-immolation by Tibetans – since February 2009 133 men and women have made the ultimate political protest – and increasingly frequent attacks by Uyghurs such as the Urumqi market bombing and the Kunming train station knife massacre as well as the dud car bomb in […]

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