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Yawen Chen

@ywchen1

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Columnist @Reuters @Breakingviews . Previously covered China's economy in Beijing. Views subject to change on new evidence/data. 世事洞明皆学问

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Yawen Chen
a year ago
Seazen was China's eighth-largest developer when its chairman was detained in 2019 for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. Nine months since his imprisonment, Wall Street firms leading the global charge on environmental, social and governance matters still remain investors:
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a year ago
Even after Seazen founder Wang Zhenhua’s imprisonment for child molestation, BlackRock, Pimco and others own the company’s bonds. Such examples make socially conscious investor messages sound like lip service: @ywchen1
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4 days ago
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4 days ago
this just in *throws confetti*
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14 days ago
On @Breakingviews : China's Communist Party Congress could hand President Xi Jinping an unprecedented third term. Hopes Beijing will then focus on growth are likely misplaced. As the economy slows, investors may fixate on signs of the worst, says @ywchen1
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Yawen Chen
19 days ago
Hong Kong has been absent from the travel itinerary of Wall Street bosses for nearly three years. As Singapore steals its limelight, the city is facing more pressure to show it’s open for business. My latest
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20 days ago
On @Breakingviews : Hong Kong's central bank chief is luring global financiers to the city's November confab, but they're unlikely to agree without quarantine waivers. That risks local ire. But to stay relevant, Hong Kong has little choice, says @ywchen1
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a month ago
Reading the prospectus of AMTD, the mysterious co that had at its peak soared 36,400% over its U.S. IPO price before coming crashing down, and this mission statement cracks me up. “Fusion reactor”, what a strange euphemism for saying “hey we are power/financial brokers”
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Yawen Chen
2 months ago
A UK friend just lamented that juice now costs 3.5 pounds ($4.2) a bottle. "It's just juice!" I quote. London is always expensive, but inflation at 9.4% is deeply troubling.
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2 months ago
Not a fan of trying to draw simple parallels between China's financial system and the west before 2008, but when I read about homebuyers refusing to make mortgage payments, alarm bells start ringing. by @ywchen1
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2 months ago
Three heatwaves on three continents. Just a normal day on the environment page.
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2 months ago
Authorities in Henan finally agreed to cover customer deposits that were frozen in April after getting caught in a possible fraud. It’s a cautionary tale for China’s 1,600-odd village banks that receive insufficient regulatory oversight, writes @ywchen1 :
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Yawen Chen
2 months ago
Heard some friends in Shanghai urgently packed up bags over the past weekend. We had written in May China’s covid-19 “new normal” will challenge hopes for a quick rebound.
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2 months ago
July is going to be a tough month for Chinese developers and their investors. Little surprise that Shanghai-based Shimao, once with good standing, missed repayments on $1 bln offshore bond this past weekend
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2 months ago
From @Breakingviews : China Vanke reckons parts of the Chinese housing market are recovering. But weaker rivals are struggling and a rebound requires access to borrowing markets where investors remain skeptical, say @ywchen1 and @JennHughes13
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3 months ago
In April, Shanghai declared all-out war against Omicron. As the city finally opens up once more, many are emerging from lockdown traumatized by what they experienced. A Sixth Tone Film on how residents are trying to pick up the pieces — and regain some sense of normality.
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3 months ago
Uncontained, the present crisis risks a vicious cycle in which falling real wages further deter domestic consumption, and therefore investment and job creation. It’s a scenario reminiscent of the stagnation that plagued Japan for decades. My latest
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3 months ago
Youth unemployment hit a record 18% as the national rate heads toward levels not seen since 2008. This Chinese jobs crisis could be its worst, writes @ywchen1
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