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  1. Politics and capital collide over Potash

    Posted Sep 07th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... early last year that the Australian mining giant had Potash in its sights. So it should have been no surprise when BHP last month launched a US$130 a share bid totalling US$39 billion for the Canadian company. It was a brilliantly opportunistic bid. BHP Billiton's offer was way above the languishing Potash shares, which hit a 52-week low of US$88.68 in July, but soared towards ...

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    Nexen deal shows how Chinese firms can do business in US

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by John Gong

    ... that direct investment capital flows from China are not always subject to political hijacking, as many on the mainland claim. This acquisition came under US jurisdiction because of the Canadian ... enterprises. With all this in mind, there are a few things that Chinese companies seeking potential assets in the US should consider. First, they need to play the political game in the US. The Chinese ...

  3. Politics outweighs business in listing a state enterprise

    Posted Jun 12th 2010, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... aiming to raise US$4.2 billion. In 1999, the market had yet to recover from the crisis and oil prices had plummeted to US$21 a barrel, yet the country kicked off the US$2.5 billion sale of its ... and telecommunication firms were going down one by one when the country's second-largest fixed-line operator, China Telecommunications Corp, went ahead with its US$3.2 billion listing. Response was poor. ...

  4. Few can muster the political courage to pop an asset bubble

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... or the HKMA can do to cool asset prices anyway. Our currency peg to the US dollar means we have to follow US monetary policy, even if American interest rates are far too low, or too high, for our own ... the subsequent asset price deflation. With the majority of forecasters now predicting that US interest rates are going to remain low throughout 2010, Chan is afraid that a new property bubble will emerge ...

  5. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Shuanghui Intl's Smithfield purchase may raise US hackles

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... company since CNOOC offered to buy Unocal for about US$18 billion (HK$139.7 billion) in 2005. The state-controlled energy company later withdrew that bid under US political pressure. Like similar ... Reuters in Hong Kong and New York US pork giant bought by mainland meat firm China’s Shuanghui International plans to buy Smithfield Foods Inc for US$4.7 billion (HK$36.5 billion) to feed ...

  6. The politically correct plays merry hell with Christmas

    Posted Dec 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to say that we have come out ahead of the United States, the so-called Land of the Free, in at least one area. According to recent reports in US media, retail outlets in many large cities have ... problem, anything is possible. Hong Kong people, on the other hand, have never been known for their concerns with political correctness. Imagine if you have to think twice before extending ...

  7. Trade links hostage to political hostility

    Posted May 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... with China is worth US$5 billion a year. By 1991, one in 30 Japanese had visited China and there were 127 agreements between cities of the two countries. Since then, China was Japan's largest ... But such intense contacts have been let down by their leaders' political differences, leaving Japanese firms hostage to threats of another boycott. ...

  8. Mancunian candidates shun politics

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Jamil Anderlini

    ... corporate expansion in the 1980s. The recent Haier bid for US giant Maytag was stymied partly by political considerations and oil giant CNOOC's bid for Unocal is looking increasingly ... While the US dithers over security, Manchester proves Britain knows business comes first, writes Jamil Anderlini in Beijing The city fathers of Manchester used to dream of the day when ...

  9. Anshan Steel puts US plan on hold

    Posted Aug 20th 2010, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng Anshan Iron & Steel Group, one of the mainland's top producers of the alloy, has put its plan to invest in a US steel plant on hold in the face of political opposition. ... not received notice from the US government on any imminent investigation, but said strong political opposition saw it put the plan on hold. The investments of several mainland firms in the US have run ...

  10. US think tank urges bilateral investment pact

    Posted Apr 17th 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... On the other hand, the think tank report cited two ill-fated mainland acquisitions being hampered by US national-security restrictions and political opposition- the US$18.5 billion bid by China ... economy, but expects negotiations will be 'long and tortuous'. In a report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, it said ...




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