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  • Australia is a hugely popular place for Chinese investors.

  • They're investing heavily into real estate and infrastructure projects.

  • Just take a look around here, it's not hard to find Chinese money flowing into Australia.

  • From major ports to landmark buildings and large sections of Australia's farmlands,

  • Chinese investors are buying at a rapid rate.

  • Here in Sydney, this building which is home to the Australian stock exchange was recently purchased.

  • The buyer?

  • A billionaire from Hong Kong known to be one of China's largest toy manufacturers.

  • Then there's Australia's massive ports.

  • A group of funds backed by Chinese investors agreed to buy the nation's busiest port, located in Melbourne, for more than $7 billion.

  • Australia's agriculture sector has also caught the eyes of Chinese investors.

  • The biggest importers of Australian wine used to be the U.S. and the U.K. just a few years ago.

  • Today, it's China.

  • And now some of China's biggest winemakers are buying up large vineyards

  • with the intent of selling the wine that's produced here directly into China.

  • In 2016, Australian wine exports to China surged 40%.

  • And wine only scratches the surface.

  • China's investment in Australia's agricultural sector has gone from $300 million to more than a billion dollars in just one year.

  • The shift is being driven by China's booming middle class which has high demand

  • for things like produce, meats, dairy and minerals.

  • One specific example, baby formula.

  • After outbreaks in China from tainted infant formula, the product has been flying off the shelves in Australia.

  • Why?

  • Millions of Chinese trustMade in Australiamuch more.

  • And consider this, more than 17 million babies were born in China just last year.

  • Some Chinese tourists are snatching up as much formula as they can to sell it for a premium back on the Mainland.

  • Many stores now have a limit on the amount you can buy.

  • Perhaps no sector in Australia though, is being more impacted than housing.

  • Home prices in Sydney have nearly doubled since the global financial crisis.

  • In Melbourne, they're up a 84%.

  • Which could be nice if you bought a home before then,

  • but for first time home buyers, it's practically devastating.

  • And that's caused what's now known as Australia's housing affordability crisis.

  • In New South Wales, the Australian state where Sydney is located in,

  • foreign buyers are acquiring a quarter of new property supply.

  • And Chinese buyers account for 87% of foreign demand.

  • After China, it's buyers from New Zealand, accounting for just 1.6%.

  • And it makes sense.

  • Buying an entire home here is often more affordable

  • than buying an apartment in some of China's biggest cities.

  • The median apartment price for Beijing is more than $800,000.

  • While Sydney is under $620,000.

  • But, of course, neither China nor Australia is particularly pleased about this trend.

  • And both governments have been implementing higher taxes in an effort to slow it down.

  • Not only has Chinese money surged home prices in Australia,

  • but in some cases there's even been concern over national security.

  • Australia's federal government recently blocked the sale of the nation's largest electric grid,

  • after a Chinese and Hong Kong holdings company attempted to purchase a controlling stake.

  • The government bowed to pressure from opponents of the deal,

  • who said they were giving away control of their power grid to another country.

  • The outflow of cash from China has prompted Chinese authorities to announce new regulations for investing money outside of the country.

  • New South Wales has doubled taxes on foreign buyers to 8% of the purchase price.

  • But here's the thing.

  • Government initiatives have hardly slowed down demand.

  • Why?

  • Well, there's a lot of millionaires in China.

  • And their wealth is growing at a much faster pace than the total value of Australia's housing market.

  • The combined wealth of all of China's millionaires was only slightly more than the entire value of Australia's housing market back in 2011.

  • But, today, China's millionaires are worth twice as much. And that gap is only expected to continue.

  • Meaning China's massive surge in wealth makes it only more likely that China will continue buying up assets in Australia.

Australia is a hugely popular place for Chinese investors.

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中国はオーストラリアで何を買っているのか?| オーストラリアで中国が買うものは何か|CNBCが解説 (What is China buying in Australia? | CNBC Explains)

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    PENG に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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