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Philippines' Tactical Realignment Delivers Infrastructure Windfall

27 March 2017

With its foreign-policy pivot towards China, the Philippines looks to have secured extensive mainland investment in its own ambitious infrastructure-redevelopment programme as part of President Xi Jin...Read More


BRI-Backed Rail Link Set to Unleash the Economic Potential of Laos

20 March 2017

With work now under way on the China-Laos Railway Project, hopes are high that it will form a key element of the Belt and Road Initiative, transforming Laos' infrastructure and delivering rapid and af...Read More


Belt and Road Project Set to Usher In New Economic Dawn for Myanmar

6 March 2017

With its abundant natural resources and its unmatched geographical advantages, Myanmar could benefit hugely from the Belt and Road Initiative, but only if it can secure the massive investment needed f...Read More


Malaysian BRI Projects Well Underway Despite Environmental Concerns

2 March 2017

Seen from the outset as a key partner in bringing China's Belt and Road Initiative to fruition, Malaysia has made clear progress with regard to a number of related infrastructure projects, despite som...Read More


Indonesian Infrastructure Early Beneficiary of Belt and Road Backing

24 Jan 2017

The setting for the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, Indonesia has been one of the first to benefit from the massive investment China has subsequently unleashed in order to deliver its ambitiou...Read More


Ministry of Finance Clarifies VAT Policy on Finance, Real Estate

4 Jan 2017

China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation have jointly released a circular clarifying value-added Tax (VAT) policy on finance, real estate development and education services (Ca...Read More


Western China: Access Belt and Road Markets via Hong Kong

8 Nov 2016

Western China’s thriving economy has spurred companies in the region to step up their efforts in “going out” to look for resources to boost their competitiveness and further develop overseas markets. ...Read More


Private Investments in Municipal Utilities Encouraged

31 Oct 2016

Four ministries, namely the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Land and Resources, and the People’s Bank o...Read More


Repurposing Classic Buildings Proves a Hit with Taiwan Tourists

27 Sept 2016

Heritage sites sensitively reinvented as hotels and high-end outlets emerge as popular visitor attractions....Read More


State Council to Further Ease Investment Restrictions in Infrastructure

14 Sept 2016

China will step up efforts to shore up weak spots in the economy, push up the development and upgrading momentum and improve people’s livelihood by way of reforms and opening up, according to a State ...Read More


China Cracks Down on Dishonest Real Estate Agents

23 Aug 2016

According to a joint announcement by seven Chinese authorities, real estate agents in China are required to perform due diligence checks to ensure the truthfulness of information of properties for sal...Read More


Guangdong Issues New Certificates of Real Estate Registration

6 July 2016

With effect from the end of June this year, a new form of real estate ownership certificate is issued upon registration in all the municipalities and counties (cities, districts) in Guangdong. The old...Read More


State Council Issues Guidelines for Promoting Building Materials Industry

30 May 2016

The General Office of the State Council recently issued the Guiding Opinions on Promoting Steady Growth, Restructuring and Efficiency Improvement of Building Materials Industry, proposing to further r...Read More


Opportunities Arising from China's 13th Five-Year Plan: An Overview podcast

8 April 2016

Given the 13th Five-Year Plan, China is set to take promotion of innovation as the driving force for development. It also stresses the needs to form a new pattern of opening up and promote cooperation...Read More


Guangdong Keen on Reducing Unsold Homes

11 March 2016

Guangdong Provincial People’s Government recently released its Supply-side Structural Reform Plan (2016-2018) (“the Plan”) and Action Plan on Supply-side Structural Reform and Capacity Cutting (2016-2...Read More


China Cuts Deed and Business Taxes for Home Purchases

25 Feb 2016

The Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation and Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development jointly issued a circular on 19 February on the lowering of deed tax rate for individuals ...Read More


China Encourages Private Rental Housing under New-style Urbanisation

24 Feb 2016

Several Opinions on Promoting New-style Urbanisation Construction in Depth (hereinafter referred to as Opinions) recently issued by the State Council pointed out that new-style urbanisation is the onl...Read More


Chinese Cities and Provinces Work to Reduce Unsold Homes

19 Feb 2016

The floor space of residential property for sale reached a record high of 718.53 million square metres at the end of 2015, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics....Read More


Historic Tainan Department Store Blends Commerce and Heritage

4 Feb 2016

Once one of the benchmark buildings of Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan, the 84-year-old Hayashi Department Store has been successfully restored to its former glory, with its new incarnation trading ...Read More


China’s 13th Five-Year Plan: Likely Aims and Implications podcast

4 Dec 2015

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan to be launched in 2016 aims to maintain economic growth at a medium to high speed. Based on the suggestions of the Communist Party and the statements made by the leaders, i...Read More

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