Tag Archives: Li Keqiang

China’s property market steels itself for downturn

Michael Sainsbury  Market forces are finally achieving a number of things in China’s steel and property sectors that the Chinese government has been trying to force onto its economy in its still-lingering top down approach. In the words of Tim Murray at J Capital Research, one of Little Red Blog’s favourite analysts, the outlook for

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Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

Michael Sainsbury After embarrassing missteps over imperial honours, Tony Abbott will try to make up for some foreign policy howlers when he visits China next month as part of the most ambitious offshore trip by an Australian prime minister in living memory. But he’ll have to do some serious diplomatic acrobatics to avoid making things

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Can Li Keqiang really “smash the fences” of Party vested interests

Michael Sainsbury   China’s annual National People’s Congress has ended with some very strong promises by Premier Li Keqiang. The question is, will he be able to carry them through or be left howling at the moon for reform like his predecessor in the role Wen Jiabao, a would be reformer swamped by the hard

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Big promises but little reform in increasingly violent China

Michael Sainsbury In the southern Chinese city of Kunming last week, a team of knife-wielding thugs hacked 29 people to death and injured 130 others on the local subway. A week earlier six people died after a man set fire to a bus in neighbouring Guizhou province. Clearly all is not well in the world’s

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Abbott adrift in a sea of Chinese diplomacy

Michael Sainsbury  Tony Abbott is preparing for an early April trip to China, his first as Australian Prime Minister with his office laying plans to attend the Boao Conference for Asia on Hainan island. His office said the conference is “on the radar” but his China plans are yet to be finalised but insiders say

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