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What’s behind China’s stock market meltdown?

Charles Horne, an economy portfolio manager with consultancy firm China Policy, joins Counting the Cost to discuss the currency devaluation and the general lack of confidence in the Chinese economy

China reverses planned surrogacy ban to encourage more births

'The two-child policy could create greater demand from families to turn to surrogacy if they cannot have children themselves,' Joshua Freedman, research manager at consulting firm China Policy, said. 'Legislators seem more concerned with dealing first with the two-child policy and pushing questions about surrogacy to a later date after further discussion.'

Xi Jinping’s whirlwind globetrotting heralds “new power diplomacy” – will it work?

'As such, China’s economic diplomacy is in large part a mechanism to find additional markets for Chinese companies. It is unsurprising that this diplomacy has become more activist as the imperative of mitigating domestic economic strains becomes more acute,' Benjamin Herscovitch, a research manager at China Policy, a Beijing-based policy analysis and advisory firm, said.

Infant formula shortage no threat to Australia’s food security

'There's a market here [in China] but even with a free trade agreement the market for fresh food is controlled by how much [China] allows in and it ends up to some extent being political,' says Philippa Jones, managing director of Beijing-based research house China Policy.

analysts: China two-child policy could spur economy

'Two-income families may be reluctant to go for a second child because it will mean loss of job and incomes for the women at least for a short period. Besides, a vast number of women who underwent caesarian section during the first birth may not want to risk a second pregnancy,' Kelly said.

Taiwan’s president forced to defend historic Singapore meeting with Xi

Ben Herscovitch, research manager at China Policy, said the move was more likely to backfire, given the suspicions Taiwanese with which voters viewed the meeting. 'It seems like a product of backroom negotiating, and it comes so close to an election that it's seen as potentially an attempt by Beijing to exert some influence on the electorate, which is something that would be really strongly resisted by a significant portion of voters in Taiwan,' he said.

Why Xi Jinping’s UK hosts should remember the national characteristics of risk

Having arrived in the UK on Monday, President Xi Jinping is set to have talks with Prime Minister Cameron in which nothing, it is claimed, will be off the table. Top of the agenda is likely to be the Franco-Chinese bid to build the C¥240 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset, in England's southeast. In September UK Chancellor George Osborne announced £2 billion in financial guarantees for this project when he visited China.

Xi Jinping confirms Britain visit next week

China, which is struggling to meet its economic growth target of seven percent and counter a slew of bad news on the economic front, also needs a few major business contracts in foreign countries to boost its image, David Kelly at China Policy said.

some experts question rosy picture about Xi’s UK visit

'When such apparent 'pro-China' positions are advanced in public, the result is, paradoxically, to polarize public opinion,' David Kelly, an expert with research firm China Policy said. 'An incumbent political party advancing a pro-China policy will eventually be challenged by an opposition party that may in various ways 'dog-whistle' an anti-China policy to the electorate.'   China, which is struggling to meet its economic growth target of seven percent and counter a slew of bad news on the economic front, also needs some major business contracts in foreign countries to boost its image, David Kelly at China Policy said.  

China’s Belt and Road initiative likely to bypass Australia

China's Belt and Road initiative – a vast array of promised Chinese investments in transport, energy and communications across Eurasia and Africa – is emerging as one of the key foreign policy priorities of Xi Jinping's presidency.

New world order: Xi bent on securing bigger role for China in global affairs, analysts say

Benjamin Herscovitch, research manager of China Policy, a Beijing-based research and advisory company, said Xi’s vision 'entails a relationship of equals between China and the United States'. Xi wanted a world where 'Washington would no longer lecture Beijing from on high about human rights, cybersecurity and territorial disputes, and would instead recognise China’s so-called legitimate right to conduct its affairs as it sees fit'. 'In short, Xi wants a world order in which no power is able to interfere in what China considers its ‘internal affairs’.'

China state-owned enterprises: Beijing ducks hard questions

A new report on SOEs about to be released by Beijing-based, Australian-managed research centre China Policy, and led by research manager Charles Horne, summarises that 'the top-level plan for fixing China’s bloated and inefficient state sector, 22 months in the making, disappoints.' It says: 'The (ruling communist) party’s determination to retain control of economic management shows no sign of abating.'