Invest China - Special Report

  • Visitors walk past a yacht displayed at the International Boat Show in Shanghai, 08 April 2005.

    Forget entertaining clients in karaoke bars.  These days, Chinese businessmen are more likely to be talking deals on luxury boats.

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    The yuan debate has come to the fore again, with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington for a state visit. While many critics see the currency as vastly undervalued against the U.S. dollar, the case is far from clear when viewed against other currencies.

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    Zhang Xin, co-founder and CEO of Beijing's largest real estate developer, SOHO China, shares her outlook on China's property market amid the country's tightening policies, and whether the country's property bubble is at risk of bursting.

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    Even with a great 2010 in the books, analysts say investors shouldn’t expect the growing boom in Chinese cleantech firms going public to slow down in the coming months.

  • Workers make sports shoes on a product line at the Li-Ning (Jingmen) Industrial Park on December 17, 2009 in Jingmen of Hubei Province, China. Chinese sportswear firm Li-Ning which is China's largest sports clothing company, invested about 1.2 billion yuan with its partners to build the 3,200 ares Industrial Park.

    Looking ahead 10 years from now, you may just be sporting Li Ning’s latest running shoes, baking in Haier’s top class ovens or “baidu-ing” on China’s fastest growing search portal, Baidu.

  • Wang Chuan-Fu, the Chairman and President of BYD, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren E. Buffett, Vice-Chairman Charles Munger and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, attend a new product launching conference of BYD at China World Hotel on September 29, 2010 in Beijing, China.

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC Asia, Wang Chuan Fu, Founder and Chairman of Shenzhen-based BYD, talks about how he is charging up China's car-and-battery giant for the future.

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    China's economy powered ahead in 2010, but the performance of its stock market far from impressed global investors.

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    President Hu Jintao is preparing to visit to defuse tensions with the United States, but he might not be able to keep relations from growing worse. The NYT reports.

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    China may soon become known as a nation of spenders, rather than savers, thanks to Beijing's efforts to let consumption drive economic growth.

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    "As the Chinese get richer," the private equity investor glowed, "this company is going to be the next Google." I was sitting in my office in Shanghai, while the investor rattled off why he loved the company. It had 50 retail outlets and planned to open another 100. Moreover, its website had 10 million monthly hits.

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    China’s M&A activity hit record levels in 2010, with overseas acquisitions dominating a quarter of the deals. While Chinese firms have had success in its quest to go global, the end result is not always smooth sailing.

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    Despite moves by the Chinese government to tame its property sector,  prices have remained stubbornly resilient, with some economists saying the tightening measures are unsustainable.

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    China's economy powered ahead in 2010, but the performance of its stock market far from impressed global investors.

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    China’s consumer price index rose to 4.6 percent in December, slowing from 5.1 percent in the previous month. While inflation may have eased, it continues to be well above the government’s annual inflation target, and remains a large concern for investors looking to get into mainland equities.

  • Egyptian demonstrators protest in central Cairo amidst tear gas fire by Egyptian police to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and calling for reforms.

    The protests in Egypt are unsettling regimes around the world as thousands of everyday Egyptians rise and declare that they want an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Time will tell if Mubarak’s regime really will collapse or be forced to undertake major reforms, but what is true is there are lessons for China's leaders as well as those through the Middle East.

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    Though Shanghai and Beijing tend to grab the headlines, the future of the country is in its smaller cities, experts say. They are its heartland and the likely source of its most rapid growth over the next few years.

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    Greater China may represent a significant portion of sales for leading luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Bulgari, but Aaron Fischer, regional head of consumer research at CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, believes Hong Kong-listed retailers are better positioned to capture the mainland’s demand for high-end merchandise.

  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    March CPI is expected to rise more than 5 percent on year to touch a 32-month high, while retail sales, an indication of consumer spending, is forecast to rise 16.5 percent on year. This would mean inflation has not yet hit discretionary spending in China.

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    China may be increasingly capitalist in inclination, and at ground level. But no one should forget that it’s still a communist, command-driven economy. If “Don’t fight the Fed” is the mantra in the United States, “Don’t fight the Party” is a wise motto for investors in the Middle Kingdom.

  • Chairman of mainland property developer Shui On Group Vincent Lo poses for a photo in Xintiandi, a traditional stone-style luxury development, in Shanghai.

    Hong Kong property tycoon Vincent Lo has an estimated net worth of $1.95 billion and is ranked the territory's wealthiest, according to Forbes magazine. But it's not been all plain sailing for the CEO of Shui On. The company came close to the brink during the recent financial crisis, on worries it could not meet debt payments. The property mogul shares with CNBC's Christine Tan, about the difficult period.

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