China: Europe Instead of the US?

Following to the US’s geopolitical reorientation after President Trump’s inauguration and re-clarification of his interests, China will be seen intensifying investments in Austria and Southeast Europe. The Chinese One Belt One Road initiative, increasing connectivity between China and Eurasia, is going to be a key instrument in this process.

This is the general consensus among attendants of the recent “Wolf Theiss China Breakfast” in Vienna, gathering experts, international CEOs and managers to discuss China’s new orientation in the global economy.

Wolfgang Maurer, partner of ARACON, explains China’s new relationship with Europe in an interview, published on ORF’s Ö1 (German).

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China’s Investment Adventures #2/2: Shopping Spree in Europe

Wolfgang Maurer

Read Chinese Investment Adventures 1/2 here.

For over ten years, China’s market for luxury and premium products experienced a constant, and partly even steep growth. Until 2014 came and it finally slowed down. While several causes led to this decline, some of the most visible were a plunging stock market, a weaker currency, and beginning anti-corruption campaigns throughout the country.
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China’s Investment Adventures #1/2: Impossible Foods & Possible Gains

Wolfgang Maurer

The times of Made in China as the country’s global go-to attribute are coming to an end. There’s a new trait in town and it’s safe to say it’s just as catchy: Made by China says hello.

The recent surge of outbound investments have secured China a place as a major player in the global investment market. In fact, China is even predicted to become one of the world’s largest overseas investors, tripling global offshore assets from $6.4tn now to nearly $20tn by 2020. And best of all, China comes not only equipped with abundant funds, but an image of confidence and expertise in future ventures. Continue reading

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China has a lot of money, but no time

Wolfgang Maurer
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Why has China been so keen on investing in European entities? Recent trends in Sino-European business relations and an analysis on the surge of China’s presence in the West.

It’s not a question anymore. Chinese outbound investment has been on the rise and keeps up with a steady track. The trend was kicked off by state-owned enterprises acquiring shares abroad. The result? A recent boom, which is fuelled by Chinese private equity firms now eyeing European targets for acquisition. Continue reading