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Chinese Digital Payments Platform WorldFirst Launches Payment Solution WorldTrade

This week WorldFirst, a digital payment and financial services platform for global businesses, launched WorldTrade, a payment solution for global sourcing to bolster the security and speed of cross-border payment for international SMEs that procure goods from suppliers based in China. WorldTrade employs smart contract-fulfillment… Read More

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shenzhen Stock Exchange to Expand ETF Offerings

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) in order “to expand the scope of eligible exchange-traded funds (ETFs) under Stock Connect.” The eligibility criteria for ETFs… Read More

Chinese Investments in Australia Decline 36% to AUD 1.34 Billion – Research Report

Chinese investment in Australia fell 36 percent to AU$1.34 billion in 2023, compared to AU$2.1 billion in 2022, with healthcare overtaking mining as the key industry. It was the second lowest year in investment value “since 2006, and the joint-lowest year in number of investment… Read More

China’s Central Bank Launches $70b Tech Lending Program

China’s central bank announced on Sunday plans to establish a substantial 500 billion yuan ($70 billion) re-lending initiative aimed at bolstering the nation’s science and technology sectors, according to  a Reuters report. This move underscores the country’s commitment to fostering innovation and supporting its burgeoning… Read More

MAS Extends Suspension of Remittances to China via Channels Not Specifically Permitted

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently issued a Notice to extend, for a further six months until 30 September 2024, the suspension of the use of channels that are not specifically permitted (non-specified channels by remittance companies “when transmitting money to persons in the… Read More

China Startups Secure $6.4B in VC Funding in First 2 Months of 2024 – Research Report

China witnessed the announcement of a total of 416 venture capital (VC) funding deals of worth $6.4 billion during the first two months of year 2024, which is a year-on-year (YoY) decline of 18.9% in terms of deal volume and 4.9% in terms of funding… Read More

China’s Ant Group Boosts Transaction Limits for International Travelers

Chinese Fintech firm Ant Group has announced substantial increases in transaction limits for international travelers using its cross-border payment services. Effective immediately, the single-transaction limit has been raised from $1,000 to $5,000, and the annual cumulative transaction limit from $10,000 to $50,000. This policy change,… Read More

Data from Ant Group Indicates Rebound of Consumer Spending During First Back-to-Normal Chinese New Year

Data from Ant Group reportedly shows a robust rebound of consumer spending during the first back-to-normal Chinese New Year (CNY) travel season after the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in cross-border tourism. Through the Alipay+ cross-border mobile payment technology solutions, Chinese travelers may pay “for goods, food… Read More

China’s VC Funding Dips in January 2024 Amid Global Declines

China’s venture capital (VC) market experienced a noticeable decline in January, with a total of 251 VC funding deals amounting to $2.6 billion, according to the latest analysis by GlobalData, a premier data and analytics firm. This represents an 8.4% decrease in deal volume and… Read More

Remember Lufax? It is now trading at an all time low of Around $2 a Share

Once one of the largest peer-to-peer lenders in the world, China’s Lufax (NYSE:LU) has hit an all-time low trading on the NYSE. The bid-ask of shares is around $2.17. A year ago, it was trading at over $10 a share, thus delivering a spectacular collapse… Read More

Investors Should “Buckle Up” as Markets Could Drop by Up to 20% During a Volatile Q1 2024, Fintech Industry CEO Says

Investors should “buckle up” as markets are likely to be volatile in the first quarter of 2024 and could drop by up to 20% – but you could find there are more opportunities to make money, affirms the CEO of an independent financial advisory and… Read More

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX) Signs MoU with the People’s Government of Heilongjiang Province in China

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the People’s Government of Heilongjiang Province (Heilongjiang Government) to “strengthen cooperation and to support listings of Heilongjiang companies on Hong Kong’s equities market.” Under the… Read More

Singapore, China Enhance Digital Finance Cooperation

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced a series of new initiatives in digital finance and capital markets, aimed at strengthening financial cooperation with China. These initiatives were unveiled at the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Tianjin, co-chaired by Singapore Deputy… Read More

Venture Capital Funding in China Declines 29% YoY to $34.6B During Jan-Oct 2023, Report Reveals

A total of 2,675 venture capital (VC) funding deals were announced in China during January-October 2023 while the disclosed funding value of these deals stood at $34.6 billion. China witnessed considerable decline “in terms of both deal volume and value compared to January-October 2022,” according… Read More

Mastercard JV Approved to Begin Local Payments Processing in China

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) announced that its joint venture entity, Mastercard NUCC Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., has received formal approval from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the National Administration of Financial Regulation (NAFR) in order “to commence domestic bankcard clearing activity in China.”… Read More

Hong Kong: Fintech Innovation Boost in GBA with New Tripartite Deal

A landmark agreement has been reached between the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), and the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM), promising to revolutionize fintech cooperation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The “Memorandum of Understanding on Deepening… Read More

Malaysia’s Maybank Expands Cross-Border Services to China, Enhances ASEAN Financial Integration

Maybank announced the expansion of its cross-border QR Pay service to China, one of the first in the market for a Malaysian bank, amplifying Maybank’s existing cross-border payment capabilities and enhancing the ease and efficiency of financial transactions. This initiative aims to benefit over 8… Read More

International Payments: China Construction Bank, Thunes to Streamline Cross-Border Transactions

Thunes, the global B2B payment infrastructure platform, and China Construction Bank (CCB), a commercial bank in China, have announced partnership to collaborate on cross-border payments. With the new relationship, Thunes will support the bank “to enable international payment acceptance for Chinese small to medium-sized businesses… Read More

Digital Assets Report: China and Hong Kong Show Unique Breakdowns in Most-Used Crypto Platform Types

Hong Kong sees a larger share of transaction volume “coming in large institutional transactions of $10 million or more compared to other countries in the region — notably mainland China,” according to an update from Chainalysis. On the other end of the spectrum is South… Read More

Real Estate Report: Increased Rates have Translated into Higher Debt Costs that have Moderated Achievable Returns in Property Markets

Six months into 2023, private real estate was still “weathering ongoing macroeconomic headwinds,” according to an update shared by Pitchbook. In the US, the federal funds rate “has steadily increased since March 2022, hovering within a range of 5.0% and 5.25% as of the end… Read More