China’s Insurance Regulator To Take Over Troubled Anbang, Chairman Wu Xiaohui Prosecuted For Alleged Economic Crime

China’s insurance regulator has decided to takeover Anbang Insurance Group, a once high-flying insurance company headed by Wu Xiaohui, ex-husband to the granddaughter of former Chinese paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. In a statement posted on the China Insurance Regulatory Committee (CIRC), Wu Xiaohui, Anbang’s ex-chairman, has been prosecuted for alleged economic crimes by a court in Shanghai.

US Securities Regulator Blocks Chinese Takeover Of Chicago Stock Exchange

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") decision to block a Chinese-led investor group from buying the Chicago Stock Exchange ends a two-year campaign to turn the small , 136-year old exchange into a venue for international IPOs. It also marks the latest in a string of blocked deals involving Chinese companies trying to buy major U.S. assets.

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 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 …

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 …

China’s Direct Investment In US Drops 35% With Value Of New Acquisitions Reduced By 90% In 2017 Due To Regulatory Hurdles

China’s direct investment in the United States dropped by 35% in 2017 to US$29 billion in completed deals, and the value of newly announced Chinese acquisitions in the U.S. dropped by 90% compared to 2016, due to regulatory hurdles from both countries, according to a report by Rhodium Group, a research consultancy based in New York. 

Beijing Considers Policies To Potentially Ban Bitcoin Mining In China

Chinese regulators are rumored to take another forceful action toward the Bitcoin industry, potentially asking bitcoin mining companies in China to exit the business soon. This is another and final major blow to China’s Bitcoin industry after Beijing closed all Bitcoin exchanges and banned initial coin offerings last fall.

As US Grapples With China Inc-Style Investments, The USCC Offers Some Recommendations

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued its annual report with some recommendations that may influence the debate as Congress moves forward with legislation aimed at broadening CFIUS reviews of foreign investment in the US. The legislation under consideration is squarely aimed at China without explicitly stating that fact.

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill Restricting Foreign Investment In Critical Tech Sectors

President Donald Trump may be in China trying to drum up Chinese investment in the U.S. But back in Washington, lawmakers have unveiled a new set of proposed laws designed to limit Chinese investment in U.S. companies, especially in critical high tech sectors such as artificial intelligence, robotics and aerospace. On Wednesday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Representative Robert Pittenger of North Carolina, together with other bipartisan lawmakers, introduced a new bill called the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization …

China’s $798B Government Funds Redraw Investment Landscape, Here Are The Largest Funds You Must Know

China’s government-backed investment funds may be history’s greatest experiment in using state capital to reshape a nation’s economy. More than 1,000 such government budget-seeded vehicles now seek to leverage up to RMB5.3 trillion (US$798 billion) in capital, a figure equal to 32% of all assets managed by the global private equity and venture capital industry, 7.1% of China’s gross domestic product, or slightly more than the GDP of the Netherlands, the world’s 18th largest economy.

Xi Jinping Speech Likely To Extend China’s Technology Exuberance For Many More Years

For the Chinese technology and venture capital community, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech opening the 19th congress of the Chinese communist party was everything it hoped for. The key words "artificial intelligence", "big data" and "innovation" were highlighted and emphasized repeatedly in the otherwise laborious three-hour address.

Hong Kong Launches $256M Venture Capital Matching Fund To Fuel Local Innovation

Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has launched a HK$2 billion (US$256 million) co-investment scheme in a bid to stimulate private investment in local innovation and technology start-ups. Venture capital funds can apply to become co-investment partners of the Hong Kong government to back start-ups in series A and B round across all technology sectors, according to an official announcement today.

China Shutting Down All Domestic Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Two major Chinese Bitcoin exchanges Huobi.com and Okcoin.cn announced Friday night that they will cease trading by the end of September. The news comes after Internet finance regulators in Beijing ordered all cryptocurrency exchanges in that city to issue notices to cease trading, according to local media.

Ant Financial’s Agriculture Insurance Joint Venture Gets Regulatory Green Light

An agriculture insurance joint venture between Ant Financial Services Group and China United Insurance Holding Co. has received a green light from China’s insurance regulator, making it the first agriculture technology company co-established by an insurer to achieve regulatory approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC).

Shenzhen Former Deputy Mayor Under Investigation For Bribery

Lyu Ruifeng (pictured), 62, former deputy mayor of Shenzhen from 2004 to 2015, is under investigation for alleged bribery, the People’s Procuratorate of Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, said yesterday. The case could be one of the most serious corruption probes of a top government official in the southern city that aspires to be China’s Silicon Valley.

China Tightens Control Of Online Group Chat Ahead Of Annual Party Congress

Organizing chat groups on WeChat, one of the most common forms of multiparty digital communications in China, could soon be a high risk activity. China’s Cyberspace Administration issued new rules last week tightening control over WeChat groups and other such digital platforms, in a move that could make WeChat group chat organizers legally liable for any false information disseminated within their groups.