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Venture capital market grew 12.9% in first quarter
(Apr 01, 2008) The venture capital market of China grew 12.9% on year to US$585 million in the first quarter of 2008. ChinaVenture Investment Consulting Limited says the number of investments and the total investment value of China-based venture institutions rose 4% and 3% respectively during the review period. The average value of ...
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Economists predicts 50% property developers to fold
(Apr 01, 2008) Chinese website eastday.com says independent economist Xie Guo Zhong predicts at least 50% of Chinese property developers will close or sell out which may not be a bad thing as there are now too many developers in China. Xie says at an investment seminar that despite China's economy may have ...
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HSBC Bank (China) starts private banking business
(Apr 01, 2008) HSBC (China) Company Limited announces that it has received government approval to formally start private banking business in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The private banking service serves accounts with minimum deposit of US$1 million. HSBC (China) targets customers who have net assets of over US$ 10 million of which assets ...
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Nanjing Bank to diversify into insurance and financial leasing
(Apr 01, 2008) China's Bank of Nanjing will enter the insurance and financial leasing business, according to its announcement on 31 March. The board of directors has approved the investment of RMB200 million to set up an insurance joint venture, titled Zijin Property Insurance Company, with another 14 companies and the bank will ...
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China urban population close to 600 m in 2007
(Apr 01, 2008) The '07 Annual Report of China Urban Development, published by the China Association of Mayors, reveals that China's urban population reached 594 million and the degree of population urbanization rose to 44.9% from 43.9% in 2006. Currently, there are 656 Chinese cities that include 287 prefecture-level cities and 369 county-level ...
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Shanghai Futures Exchange announces a five-year strategy
(Apr 01, 2008) China's Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) aims to set up a major futures market specializing in four large commodities: base metal, precious metal, energy and chemicals between 2008 and 2012. SHFE has recently released its five year business strategy from 2008 to 2012. It aims to become the biggest futures trading ...
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China Reinsurance plans '08 dual listing
(Apr 01, 2008) The restructuring China Reinsurance (Group) Company plans to dual-list in Shanghai and Hong Kong through the A+H method in 2008 and says through natural growth and mergers and acquisitions, the company's overseas business should contribute one-third of total business income by 2010. Chairman Liu Jing Sheng says the company is ...
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Zhong An adds land reserve of 5mn sqm in 2008
(Apr 01, 2008) China-based Zhong An Real Estate Limited regards the government's macro-controls as an opportunity to increase land reserve, says company chairman Shi Zhong'an on 31 March. The company has acquired additional land reserve of 220,000 square metres in the first quarter of 2008 to make its total land reserve reach 5.52 ...
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China Merchants Bank cautious about US market expansion
(Apr 01, 2008) China Merchant Bank (CMB) is worried that the US sub-prime crisis will slow down trade surplus growth in China and affect the profitability of the Chinese banking industry. Although Chinese banks can still expand and develop in the US market amid a worsening sub-prime crisis, governor Ma Weihua says it ...
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Melco City Of Dreams to provide 2,200 rooms
(Apr 01, 2008) Melco International Development Ltd chairman Lawrence Ho says building frame construction work of The City of Dreams has been basically completed in line with schedule. Upon completion, The City of Dreams will provide over 2,200 guests rooms and suites in total. About casino business in Macau, Ho forecasts that it ...
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