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Chinese banks’ big tech threat

November 13, 2018

Investors have doubts about Chinese banks’ ability to withstand the competition in a market where tech companies have a solid grip, writes Brian Caplen.

Chinese banks’ profitability under pressure

November 1, 2018

Leading Chinese banks have healthy balance sheets and low costs yet their profitability compares unfavourably with Western counterparts.

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Is China’s finance bankrolling development – or debt?

October 1, 2018

China has become a major development financier to emerging markets via projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative. But some borrowers see unequal benefits in the deals, while the US is concerned by China’s growing influence. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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Will Belt and Road project derail Laos economy?

September 3, 2018

Concerns are growing that the Laos-China Railway project will bring more debt than local benefits.

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China's largest lenders shrug off regulatory and trade obstacles

July 4, 2018

How are Chinese banks reacting to sustained regulatory tightening and potential new risks such as household debt growth and the Sino-US trade dispute? Stefania Palma reports.

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Can anything derail China's economic growth?

July 4, 2018

A downturn in China's economic growth has been 'imminent' for much of the past decade, according to many experts. However, the country keeps on posting impressive figures. Peter McGill looks at the possible impact of its current challenges, including US tariffs, ballooning debt and shadow banking.

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Is Sri Lanka latest to fall into a China debt trap?

April 3, 2018

Indebtedness to China has obliged Sri Lanka to hand over a major port to its financier. Is this an emerging pattern in Asia? Nikkei staff writer Yuji Kuronuma reports. 

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The battle to build Africa: will India and Japan usurp China?

January 2, 2018

Japan and India are joining forces to boost their commercial presence in Africa and counter China’s dominance. Will they be able to compete with the continent's top trading partner – and how is Beijing reacting to the new competition? Stefania Palma reports.

Will China keep up its regulatory crackdown?

November 27, 2017

The Chinese authorities’ regulatory clampdown has entered its next phase. Will they persist, if even the economy suffers?

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The march of Ant Financial

October 2, 2017

Chris Skinner was invited to join Alibaba’s annual Netrepeneurs conference in Hangzhou, China, for star sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao platform. He reports on Ant Financial, the Alibaba spin-off that operates mobile payments app Alipay.

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