Chinese government trade bank may get mortgage over Darwin port

The Chinese owner of the Port of Darwin is using the port as security to seek a $500 million loan from the Chinese government’s trade bank.Private Chinese company  Landbridge is seeking the loan from the Chinese government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM) to prop up the firm’s ailing Australian operations, which include an $880,000 yearly consulting fee…

Whyalla steelmaker Arrium to be sold to British company Liberty House

South Australian steelmaking business Arrium is to be sold to a British company and not the Korean consortium identified as the preferred bidder, the state’s Premier Jay Weatherill has confirmed. The business will be sold to Liberty House which is part of London-based GFG Alliance, with all Whyalla steelworkers expected to keep their jobs. “The…

Almost one in five homes built in Australia are unoccupied

Australia’s record-breaking residential construction boom has done little to ease housing affordability in Australia’s largest cities, perhaps it’s because many of the homes built are currently unoccupied. Regardless of whether they were purchased by locals or foreign investors, close to one in five new dwellings built over that period was unoccupied on census night, according…

Mega-developments in Sydney and QLD attracts Chinese scrutiny

Billion-dollar hotel developments in Sydney and Queensland, a shareholding in Virgin Australia, and the Australia’s biggest cinema chain will come under the scrutiny of Chinese regulators trying to rein in a US$215 billion ($284 billion) overseas buying spree by Chinese companies. Dalian Wanda, headed by China’s richest man Wang Jialin, is among four Chinese companies…

Chinese hardware giant opens first space in Sydney

Chinese building materials and homewares company China Lesso Group Holdings opened its first exhibition space in Australia on Thursday, as it makes a push into the local market. Lesso Home opened a 30,000sqm centre in Greenacre in Sydney’s west, reportedly investing at least $20 million, with more than 60 tenants, focusing on trade buyers including…

What Chinese are buying in Australia

THE Chinese continue to pour money into Australian businesses, infrastructure, resources and real estate to the tune of $15.36 billion in 2016. The figure is the highest it’s been since 2008 when Chinese direct investment reached its peak of $21.6 billion, according to a report from KPMG and the University of Sydney. Commercial real estate…

Chinese investment is at the highest levels since the GFC.

Chinese investment in Australia has reached the highest level since the global financial crisis (GFC), up 12 per cent from 2015 to $15.4 billion last year. A new report from Sydney University and accounting firm KPMG found a record 103 deals were signed between Chinese and Australian companies in 2016. But the annual report, Demystifying…

Proposed Phillip Island cancer facility to target Chinese visitors

Phillip Island could become a destination for Asian tourists jetting in to seek cancer treatment. A major proposal is afoot to build an international radiation, oncology and chemotherapy treatment centre, complete with 72-bed luxury accommodation and possible golf course. More than a million visitors flock to Phillip Island each year, with the penguin parade a…