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Australian economic relationship with China soared to new highs, growing by 53.5 per cent in 2011, a latest report said on Friday.

The latest report, PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Melbourne Institute, released on Friday.

According to the report, Australian investment in China now amounts to about A$17 billion (almost $17.6 billion)
Flurry of M&A deals by Chinese enterprises in Europe signals new overseas investment drive

A fresh wave of outbound direct investment by Chinese companies has reached Europe, typically through purchasing undervalued strategic assets to gain a foothold in a new market.

Unlike earlier Chinese investment drives in resource-rich areas like Australia and Africa, the new moves are targeted at a d
FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) into China fell for the third consecutive month in August as global economic woes continued to weigh heavily, new data revealed today.

The FDI the country drew last month dropped 1.43 percent from a year earlier to US$8.33 billion, the Ministry of Commerce announced.

This brought the total FDI inflow for the first eight months of 2012 to US$74.99 billion, dow
FILM director Zhang Yimou is planning to establish a private equity fund in Shanghai to invest in films after reports that his 16-year-long partnership with producer Zhang Weiping has ended.

News website said anonymous investors had received letters from agencies inviting them to participate in the private equity fund to be established by Zhang, 62, and a Shanghai company.

China will shift its direct-investment focus, both foreign and outbound, to quality instead of quantity, an economic planning guideline said on Tuesday.

The National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planning agency, outlined the nation's FDI and ODI development plan for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15). The commission vowed to bring home advanced foreign technolog
GRADE A office rents continued to rise mildly in Shanghai in the second quarter of this year amid weak demand in the overall market, according to a latest industry research.

The average rents at Grade A office buildings rose slightly to 9 yuan (US$1.42) per square meter per day in the April-June period, a quarterly gain of 1.4 percent, the report released yesterday by Jones Lang LaSalle said.
Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday that the Chinese government will resolutely implement real estate market regulation and make it a long-term task to curb speculation in this sector.

During an inspection tour of the city of Changzhou in east China's Jiangsu Province, Wen said housing market regulation is still at a critical moment and remains a tough task.

Wen's remarks came as major Chines
China on Tuesday pledged to help private companies invest abroad while guiding and regulating their investment activities.

The country will strengthen macro guidance on private companies' overseas investment and help them invest in a step-by-step and focused manner, according to a statement jointly issued by 13 central government departments, including the Ministry of Commerce and the People's




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