Chinese -owned Alinta energy bids on Vic coal power station Loy Yang B,

The future of another Australian coal-fired power station, Engie’s Loy Yang B, will be decided in the coming week. Street Talk understands Alinta Energy owner Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Delta Electricity tabled final bids for the brown coal power station in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley. Brookfield and China Resources were also said to have been in…

Chinese state-owned company in talks with Adani to bankroll mine

For years it has been a mystery where Adani would get the money to build its giant Carmichael coal mine in North Queensland. Now we may have the answer. The ABC has learned that a Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), is in negotiations with Adani and its principal engineering and procurement contractor,…

ALP at crossroads on US and China

Labor defence spokesman Richard Marles says Australia faces “security anxieties” with China and has labelled Trump administration policies “repugnant” amid an internal foreign policy dispute. Mr Marles’ speech at the University of Oxford followed the ­release of Labor’s Future Asia policy — led by NSW MPs Chris Bowen and Jason Clare — and a push…

Gas exports starve local firms, jobs: ACCC

Australian factories are at risk of shutting down and sacking workers as the nation’s gas exporters starve local customers in favour of overseas clients, according to a dire warning from the competition watchdog that clears the way for a gas crackdown. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission slammed the three gas giants in a clear…

Chinese investment in real estate grows to $32b: FIRB

Chinese investors topped the list of foreign investment approvals for the financial 2016, and have pledged to invest $47.3 billion in Australia, mainly in real estate, the latest Foreign Investment Review Board annual report shows. The figure is similar to the previous year when $46.6 billion in approvals was awarded to Chinese investors. Of China’s…

Foreign investment jumps 29 per cent to $248 billion last year

Victoria has emerged as the focus for overseas buyers of Australian homes, attracting 44 per cent of residential purchases by foreign investors last financial year. NSW, with 32 per cent of residential home purchases, was the second most popular state for an inflow of foreign property investment, according to the Foreign Investment Review Board’s 2015-16…

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…

FIRB approve $4b sale Alinta energy to Chinese

Ownership of Alinta Energy will switch to Chinese interests by the end of the month after the gas retailer’s $4 billion sale to a conglomerate better known for its jewellery stores and hotels won the all-clear from the Foreign Investment Review Board. Days after it gave the nod to Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s $7.4…

Door opens for foreign state firms

Foreign state-owned businesses could escape the scrutiny of the Foreign Investment Review Board for deals worth up to $100 million, under a proposal being considered by Treasury. Treasury estimates that about 300 deals would be waved through each year without FIRB involvement if ­notification were made optional. The concession would overturn a longstanding policy that…