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China the monster.
triage
post Posted: Jul 14 2014, 04:37 PM
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Jul 10 2014, 09:16 AM

I wonder whether this is the establishment's, or at least that part of the establishment that is in the Bank of China's corner, response to the outing of the bank as a "money launderer"....

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24449208/...cial-tv-anchor/

I read somewhere that both CCTV and BoC report directly to the State Council so neither have to pay much regard to directives and regulations issued at the Departmental level. But I also read where a directive was recently issued by the State Council that government agencies should not be critical of other government agencies, at least not in public. So when CCTV went public with those allegations againt Bank of China, the thinking was that CCTV would only violate that directive and expose Bank of China's activities if it had been given clearance to do so from the highest level, and as such it may indicate that the powers that be were about to target some heavy hitter(s) in the Bank of China network. But if the forces associated with the Bank of China have been able to knock off such a high profile CCTV personality - quite likely he was a nobody in the CCP hierarchy and his ousting was intended as a shot across the bows of those attempting to use CCTV in a power struggle against associates of the BoC - then maybe it means that the Bank of China network has access to cadres better positioned than whoever the CCTV network was relying on (?).

I read somewhere else that what the Bank of China was doing had actually been sanctioned as a trial run for opening up such a scheme more generally and that CITIC had also been cleared to run a similar experiment. However there is little doubt that sanctioned or not the arrangement is being used to get enormous amounts of money out of China.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/why-the...ate-in-the-u-s/

One of Warren Buffet's folksey sayings is that "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."

Were the forces behind CCTV and not BOC to win in this power struggle then large numbers of "naked cadres" may be caught out by the tide of events...

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2014-07/02/co..._17636215_2.htm



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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Jul 10 2014, 01:24 PM

SIV program: The Great Wall of Frustration

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/articl...all-frustration

 
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In Reply To: Brierley's post @ Jul 10 2014, 12:44 PM

what is BoC's fee for providing this service?

On which side of the transaction? - clipping the ticket ex-China, and in Haymarket?






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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Jul 10 2014, 09:16 AM

and what is BoC's fee for providing this service ?

 
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Chinese 'washing cash' in Australia
  • Peter Cai and Fergus Ryan
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THE China state broadcaster CCTV has launched an extraordinary attack on the Bank of China, one of the country's most powerful government-­controlled financial institutions, accusing it of money-laundering in Australia and other countries.

Australia has emerged at the centre of the allegations bexause of the Significant Investor Visa program, which offers an accelerated pathway for wealthy ­investors to gain permanent residency by investing $5 million in Australian bonds, funds or a small business. Chinese nationals account for nine out of 10 applicants since the program was introduced under the former Labor government.

Under China's stringent foreign exchange law, citizens are allowed to send only $US50,000 ($53,000) abroad per annum. Australia has been repeatedly mentioned as the destination of "grey money" coming out of China in relation to the visa ­program.

In the CCTV report, undercover footage shows the Australian national flag on a Bank of China stand at a busy emigration fair, advertising Australia as an important destination for investors. Social media posts from major media outlets about the story were featuring prominently a map of Australia.

"We don't care where your money is from or how you earn it, we can help you get it out of the country," a Bank of China employee is quoted as saying at the fair. "We don't care how black your money is or how dirty it is, we will find ways to launder it and shift it overseas for you."

Bank of China declined a request for comment.

It is understood the China Banking Regulatory Commission has intensified its investi­gation into money-laundering and has recently signed an agreement with US authorities that allows greater information-sharing about bank accounts.

The CCTV report accuses the Bank of China of money-launder­ing via a scheme called You Huitong, translated as You Uncapped, which lets wealthy Chinese circumvent Beijing's strict currency controls. "You Huitong is a shadowy business," CCTV says. "It is unbelievable that such a big bank is violating the law to fill its own pockets."

It is understood some private bankers from Australia's big four banks have been aware of the You Huitong service for a year. Media reports in November detailed allegations of Chinese businessmen using private jets to ferry suitcases of cash and deposit them at a Bank of China branch in Melbourne. A senior manager reportedly with one of the big four Aus­tralian banks told CCTV that the Bank of China was crucial to the bank's migration business. "The money is very safe and will leave the country in a very grey ­channel.

"The Bank of China is the same as an underground bank (a Chinese term for black market operators that launder money)," the unnamed official said. He said only the Bank of China could carry out operations on such a large scale.

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I think it is useful from time to time to step away from the daily flurry and take stock of where things stand.

For instance even the village idiot has caught on to the notion that China has been on a tear for the last three and a half decades, and if one is willing to use straight line extrapolations it is quite possible to conclude that China will become THE dominant force in the world sometime next week. And sure it is indeed possible for that to happen, if not soon than within our children's life-times. But in every single case when a developing nation attempted to transform into a super-power it either stumbled badly, as in the case of the US in the 1890's, 1930's and 1970's, or fell, as in the case of Japan, Germany, the USSR, and Argentina (remember in the 1890's it was Argentina, not the US, that was expected by many to emerge as the dominant force).

Here is an attempt to take stock of China's current position in the world. Basically the author argues that quantitatively but not qualitatively China is already there or thereabouts but that its current structure is such that it may be unable to address its qualitative weaknesses.

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This is the dangerous cocktail that many China watchers see gripping the country today. It is a sobering and daunting set of challenges for the people and government of China to tackle. Thus, observers should not blindly assume that China’s future will exhibit the dynamism of the past thirty years, or that its path to global-power status will necessarily continue.


http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-il...ese-power-10739

This article reminds me of one written by a keen China watcher, Gerald Segal, just before his death (from cancer) in 1999. His argument back then was that China was not the really big thing that some in the west were assuming. The fact is that 15 years later China still has not stumbled or fallen but still has not transitioned out of being a regional power.

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/554...es-china-matter

I'm not suggesting that either author got it right but both are worth a read imo.



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While the US market climbs to dizzying heights (propelled last night by long lasting goods orders which were negative if not for military spending wacko.gif ) the following bit of news was posted in the WSJ

It feels like nearly everyone is blind to China's impending property market collapse.

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/05...housing-market/

This would be about the 3rd property developer I have heard spilling the beans in recent times.

Jim Chanos predicted this was more or less inevitable back in 2011.


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Some interesting insights here from Magellan's CEO about China. They have until recently been bullish on China but are suddenly quite bearish.

http://www.brrmedia.com/event/preview/1s95...fa115e-82570233









 
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Here's a couple of interesting bits of info, though neither are likely actionable ones in terms of investing.

First up the amazing increase in big dams in the Communist era: on average one a day is not a tardy effort (if you accept the claim [for instance one way to increase the number of big dams is to change the claimed sizes of lots of smaller dams]).

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevo...the-day-17.html

Though of course with every dam comes a silt problem. The one near Beijing that Mao famously "helped" build turned out to be totally useless other than as a silt trap. And from memory the initial reason why they thought to build the world's biggest dam, the Three Gorges, was because their previous recent effort to dam that part of the Yangtze had silted up so badly. Silt remains probably the greatest risk to the Three Gorges (that and any seismic activity).

Also the "rice theory". Certainly not an entirely novel concept: the difference in heights betwen northerners and southerners was explained to me many years ago to be due to the difference in diet and a few years ago it was shown that southern Chinese are genetically closer to south east asians than to their northern han cousins. Also in history the northerners apparently used to joke that anyone from south of the Yangtze was a monkey. Of course the northerners do eat rice, but often when they do they have a bowl of it at the end of the meal, not is the core food during the actual meal.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/...40508141743.htm



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"The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought." Rudiger Dornbush

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In Reply To: Brierley's post @ Mar 13 2014, 03:55 PM

China’s stocks went up reporting its biggest gain in four months together with Asian stocks today. Do you think investors are coming back from Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern Europe to Asia? Or is it due to other reasons?

 
 


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