Failed Xinja scored secret China lifeline

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 14 : 21-Dec-20

Xinja recently handed back its banking licence to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority following its failure to secure a $433 million injection from Dubai-based World Investments, while sources have stated that Xinja failed to secure any monies from Australian institutional investors. It has been revealed that Xinja secured a multimillion-dollar capital injection from a "shadowy" Chinese company during 2019, but that it kept the investment a secret; it is believed the company in question was called Happy Sino Steel.

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XINJA BANK LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, HAPPY SINO STEEL, WORLD INVESTMENTS

China fallout hits Woodside gas sale plan

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 & 18 : 12-Nov-20

Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman says potential Chinese investors have abandoned talks to acquire a stake in Scarborough gas project due to the growing trade tensions between Australia and China. He adds that this contributed to Woodside’s decision to drop plans to reduce its stake in the Scarborough project and focus on selling a stake in the Pluto-2 project. Coleman has stressed that relations between Woodside and its existing Chinese customers and partners remain strong.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL

Spy charges for man tied to Communist Party

Original article by Ben Packham, Tessa Akerman, Remy Varga
The Australian – Page: 6 : 6-Nov-20

A 65-year-old Melbourne resident has become the first person to be charged under the federal government’s foreign interference laws. Di Sanh Duong, who is also known as Sunny Duong, faces up to 10 years’ jail if he is convicted under laws that were introduced in 2018. Duong is the president of Oceania Federation of Chinese Associations, and he is a member of several organisations that are believed to have links to the Chinese Communist Party.

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OCEANIA FEDERATION OF CHINESE ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNIST PARTY (CHINA)

China turning off the cash tap

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 9-Jun-20

A report produced by KPMG and the University of Sydney shows that Chinese investment in Australia fell to a 12-year in 2019. Chinese investment fell by 60 per cent to $3.4bn in total, including the acquisition of Bellamy’s Australia for $1.5bn. The report also shows that China-based investors made just 42 deals in Australia during 2019, compared with 74 in 2018. The report covers completed deals worth more than $US5m. Doug Ferguson of KPMG says Chinese investment in Australia is likely to continue to fall in 2020.

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KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Farmer revolt over China Mengniu’s Lion Dairy bid

Original article by Sue Mitchell, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 16 : 26-Nov-19

Some federal politicians have expressed concern about China Mengniu Dairy Company’s proposed acquisition of milk processor Lion Dairy & Drinks. Labor senator Kim Carr says the $600m deal should be subject to a number of conditions to ensure that jobs and processing facilities in regional areas are protected. Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce is concerned about China’s "creeping acquisition" of dairy-related assets in Australia, while independent MP Andrew Wilkie says ownership of Australia’s leading brands is becoming increasingly concentrated. Farmers say the deal should be conditional on a floor price for the farm gate price of milk.

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LION-DAIRY AND DRINKS PTY LTD, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX BAL, KIRIN HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED, DAIRY CONNECT LIMITED, MURRAY GOULBURN CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY LIMITED, SAPUTO INCORPORATED

Degrading ore body adds to Citic’s woes

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 25-Nov-19

China-based Citic has declined to comment on the likely cost of proposed changes to the processing plant at its Sino Iron project in the Pilbara. A decline in the quality of the project’s iron ore has prompted Citic to undertake a trial program which would entail using different equipment to process ore on one of the facility’s six production trains. The cost of the trial program is believed to be minimal, although overhauling the entire plant could prove to be expensive. Meanwhile, Citic is awaiting a court ruling in the latest round of its royalties dispute with businessman Clive Palmer.

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CITIC LIMITED, SINO IRON PTY LTD, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Bellamy’s steps up overtures to daigou traders

Original article by Simon Evans, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 18-Sep-19

Shares in infant formula maker Bellamy’s Australia rose a further 1.1 per cent on 17 September, following a 55 per cent jump on 16 September after it disclosed it was the subject of a $1.5 billion takeover by China Mengniu Dairy. Bellamy’s shares had declined 62 per cent in the 18 months prior to the offer, largely due to regulatory problems in China. Some crossbench senators have suggested the Chinese government sought to depress Bellamy’s share price to make it easier for Chinese companies to bid for it, while Bellamy’s will accelerate a push to boost the sales it makes through daigou traders.

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BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX BAL, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, BURRA FOODS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Bellamy’s set to be bought by China Mengniu Dairy for $1.5bn

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: Online : 17-Sep-19

The board of Bellamy’s Australia has unanimously backed a $1.5 billion takeover bid for the infant milk formula maker by China Mengniu Dairy. The transaction represents the first Chinese takeover bid for an Australian infant milk formula maker, with China Mengniu Dairy manufacturing and distributing dairy products in China, as well as having manufacturing sites in Malaysia and Indonesia. The transaction is subject to the approval of Bellamy’s Australia shareholders and the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX BAL, CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD

Chinese investment at decade low

Original article by Michael Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 8-Apr-19

Chinese investment in Australia in 2018 fell by 36.3 per cent, according to a report by KPMG and the University of Sydney. The fall was despite Chinese global outbound direct investment rising by 4.2 per cent in 2018. Chinese-state owned companies are being directed to invest in Belt and Road infrastructure projects in Asia and central Europe, while private companies are focusing on healthcare and technology transactions.

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KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, CDH INVESTMENTS FUND MANAGEMENT COMPANY, SIRTEX MEDICAL LIMITED, YUHU GROUP (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, DALIAN WANDA GROUP COMPANY LIMITED, ENN GROUP, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO

Gindalbie accepts $39m takeover

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 12-Mar-19

Directors of iron ore junior Gindalbie Metals have recommended that shareholders accept a $39m takeover offer from China-based Ansteel. Gindalbie and Ansteel are joint venture partners in the Karara magnetite mine in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, and Gindalbie wrote down the value of its 48 per cent stake in the project to zero in 2014. Gindalbie also intends to demerge its Coda Minerals subsidiary.

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GINDALBIE METALS LIMITED – ASX GBG, ANSHAN IRON AND STEEL COMPANY, CODA MINERALS LIMITED, ATLAS LEAD GENERATION PTY LTD, BCI MINERALS LIMITED – ASX BCI