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China’s housing bubble is bursting — and Australia should be very worried

Australia depends on the Chinese housing market for more than just iron ore and steel — our entire economy will feel the shock waves of China’s property bubble bursting.

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China ‘recovery’ more a dead cat bounce

The one sector that is not seeing growth is the one most important to Australian mining: housing in China.

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The Chinese steel trap: resources data to give Hockey headaches

What does China’s “war on steel” mean for the Australian economy? While Joe Hockey delivered rosy forecasts last week, the news out of China looks decidedly darker.

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The benefits of breeding: China relaxes one-child policy

China’s one-child policy has been relaxed, but as China’s working-age population begins to decline, the benefits won’t be seen for some time.

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Crikey Clarifier: is China showing us up on climate change action?

The Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson talks to Ailun Yang, a senior associate on the major emerging economies team of the World Resources Institute, about China’s green future.

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Riches beyond compare: China’s new billionaires

Together, the top five richest people in China are as rich as Bill Gates, who recently regained his title as the richest man in the world. Property tycoon Wang Jianlin tops the list.

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Rudd’s right, China is having a mini-economic crisis

Kevin Rudd has changed Labor’s economic tack, warning of peril ahead as the Chinese economy slows. He’s right; China is having a mini-economic crisis. Interbank rates are soaring, banking habits are poor, and forecasts are souring.

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All Australia wants for Christmas is stronger iron ore prices

Iron ore prices — key to Australia’s economic recovery — hit a six-month high last week. But the days of 10% growth in China are over, as the country ramps up its own mining operations. Are the salad days of iron ore prices over?

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Welcome to the Asian century: Chinese dragon roaring

Australia’s Asian Century is much closer than we know, with the Chinese economic slowdown bottoming out and now starting to rebound in encouraging strength.

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Nothing to worry about in the Oz economy? Think again

Claims that the Australian economy is hunky-dory — including by Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard — need some debunking with reality.

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China has big spending plans as its economy gets rougher

Is China indulging in another round of talks about new spending that it will find almost impossible to back with what’s really needed — cold, hard cash?

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A precarious global outlook, says new S&P chief

The G7 economies are in deep trouble and China and Asia are caught in the wash. Expect more quantitative easing and euro bond purchases, writes Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator.

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Kohler: suffering China’s structural slowdown

The rapid fall in the iron ore price in the past few weeks has exposed the core risk to the Australian economy: the currency needs to fall, but the banks still need foreign funding.

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Faith in central banks’ free money is desperate, misplaced

The faith in the new round of easing seems rather desperate and a bit misplaced.

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Dutch robots to replace Chinese workers

Newly developed robots are much more nimble and suitable for manufacturing jobs than previous attempts. But what is the human cost to our increasing robot workforce? John Markoff investigates.

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China’s bumpy ride sees Oz export prices sink

Stand by, the still-slowing Chinese economy’s search for a soft landing is starting to get bumpy.

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‘The euro is irreversible’: markets tank on promise not kept

There were no refills of the punchbowl from the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and then, last night our time, the European Central Bank.

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Fed sits tight as US economy gets worse

No help for frightened markets from the US Federal Reserve this morning, despite a flood of news overnight and yesterday strongly suggesting the pace of global economic activity continues to slow, especially in Asia.

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Soaring grain prices will hit home in China first

Keep an eye on China as we watch another week of grain price surges — the dramatic impact of the soaring prices for corn and soybeans in particular.

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China economic growth good news for our federal budget

China’s economy isn’t veering off the tracks and heading for the “hard landing”.

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China, Europe and US reinforce strength of Oz economy

If we ever needed confirmation of just how strong the outlook for the Australian economy is, we had it last night.

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Slowing US economy not as bad as it is claimed

Markets worked themselves into a froth overnight after the June survey of US manufacturing showed a surprise fall for the first time in three years.

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Maley: holding back the hand that feeds China

Fears over the faltering Chinese economy will cast a shadow over global markets this week.

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Joye: Reserve Bank could drive cash rate below 1.9%

How low could the RBA’s cash rate go? Much lower than most folks, including the financial markets, think, according to Christopher Joye of Property Observer.

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BHP, Rio steeling themselves against China slowdown

The slowdown in the Chinese economy seems to be deepening with the surprisingly sharp slowdown in industrial production, retail sales and investment.

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