China’s Huawei Tests 5G Network In Canada Despite Calls For Ban In US

Huawei may be facing a virtual sales ban in the United States, due to alleged security concerns, but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese company from launching tests of its 5G wireless technology just north of the border in Canada. On Wednesday, Huawei unveiled an urban trial of 5G wireless-to-the-home services in Vancouver, in partnership with Canadian carrier Telus. The trial is believed to be the first of its kind in North America. “This trial represents continued progress toward the launch of 5G, …

China’s HNA Group Selling $2B Hong Kong Properties To Cut Debt Burden

China’s embattled  HNA Group is again selling assets to pay down its debt burden. In a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange Tuesday, HNA unit Hong Kong International Construction Investment Management Group Co Ltd said  it will sell two Hong Kong properties to Henderson Land Development Co Ltd for HK$16 billion (US$2 billion).

China Says No More Local Government Guarantees For Corporate Bonds

Chinese companies issuing bonds can no longer seek debt guarantees from local governments, or tell their investors that their bonds are backed by local governments, according to a new measures announced by China’s top State planning body. A notice detailing new rules for corporate bond issuance issued Monday by the National Development and Reform Commission stated: “It is strictly forbidden for reporting enterprises to require or accept the local government and its subordinate departments in various names to provide guarantee …

Cryptocurrency Issuer Ripple Enters China Market With LianLian Partnership

Cryptocurrency issuer Ripple has got its foot in the door of the Chinese market by signing a partnership agreement with LianLian International, a Hong Kong-based payment services provider. The deal comes despite the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to shut down cryptocurrency trading and transactions in that nation.

Chinese E-commerce Giant JD.com Outlines Plans For European Expansion

Chinese online retail and logistics giant JD.com has outlined plans to expand in Europe over the coming years, setting the stage for a showdown with both Amazon and Chinese online retail rival Alibaba. Speaking with media, Richard Liu, founder and chief executive of JD, said his company will launch its first European e-commerce sales and delivery services in France, then roll out services in the United Kingdom and Germany. Liu estimated the company would spend at least 1 billion euros …

China Said Planning New Crackdown On Digital Currencies

The Chinese government is planning additional steps to crack down on cryptocurrency speculation in that country, according to domestic media reports. A series of new regulatory measures will be taken in the coming weeks against initial coin offerings (ICO) and virtual currency transactions conducted in China and abroad, including the possible banning and disposal of domestic and foreign virtual currency exchange websites and related businesses, according to the Financial Times of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), and reported on …

Baidu Venture Capital Raises US$317M For Artificial Intelligence Focused Fund

Baidu Venture Capital (BV), the early-stage investment unit of Baidu Inc. focused on artificial intelligence investments, has completed the first closing of its second RMB fund, having raised nearly RMB2 billion (US$317 million), according to a WeChat post by the firm. Together with BV’s first RMB fund and a US dollar fund, the firm has total assets under management of around RMB3 billion (US$476 million), the company said. External investors joined the fund for the first time as limited partners, …

China Renaissance’s Bao Fan Calls Cryptocurrency “Highly Speculative”

On January 30, at China Renaissance Group’s 2018 New Year Media Communication Conference, Bao Fan, founder and CEO of China Renaissance Group, shared his views on the 2017 capital markets, blockchain and market competition. Below is an edited summary of his speech that originally appeared on Touzirenshuo’s Wechat channel. China Money Network is authorized to republish the post. It felt like 2017 went especially fast, in the blink of an eye. Indeed, 2017 was a triumphant year for our industry. …

Tencent, Suning, JD.Com And Sunac To Invest $5.4B In Dalian Wanda Commercial In Retail Offensive

Tencent Holdings Ltd. has teamed up with investors including Suning Holdings Group, long-time partner JD.com Inc. and Chinese property developer Sunac China Holdings Group to acquire around 14% of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co. for approximately RMB34 billion (US$5.4 billion), the Chinese social networking and gaming giant said today.

Cloning Monkeys Makes Chinese Medicine More Competitive And Controversial

China’s successfully cloning of two long-tailed macaques may raise ethical concerns given the potential for the technology being used one day to clone humans. But for the scientists involved, it marks a milestone in China’s multi-billion dollar effort to rival the U.S. and the European Union in biomedical research. It also makes good business sense.

China’s Dalian Wanda, HNA May Stage Fire Sale To Balance Books

The great unwinding has begun. Driven by overstretched balance sheets and a government crackdown on lavish overseas spending, China’s two biggest corporate shoppers, Dalian Wanda Group and HNA Group, are set to go on a selling spree. And early indication are that we are about to see a fire sale. Speaking Monday as his company announced results, Wang Jianlin, CEO of Dalian Wanda said the company he heads “will resort to every financial tool to reduce debt, including the disposal of …