Current affairs related to the Greater China region
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Aussie, Kiwi fall on China's declining industrial profits - following a report of 5.4% drop for industrial companies in China, Australia's biggest trading partner, the Aussie fell 0.3 percent to $1.0375; the Kiwi, decreased 0.3% to 80.86 U.S. cents given the fact that China is New Zealand's second-largest export market - Bloomberg (2012/08/27)
Australia approves huge Chinese coal takeover - Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan: the takeover allows for the further development of Australia's coal deposits, which will have positive impacts on employment and growth in the sector and more broadly for the economy - Yahoo News (Singapore) (2012/03/09)
Coal deal brokers warn over Chinese takeovers - the Chinese allegedly refused to pay two of its local advisers at least $78 million in so-called "spotter's fees" and denies doing business with them - Daily Telegraph (2012/05/15)
Despite China slowdown, Australia miners bet on Africa - West and Central Africa, incl. Guinea, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Gabon, to be "the next Pilbara" as Australia's decade-long resource boom may be fading, following sharp price falls in key commodities, such as iron ore and coal - Reuters (2012/08/31)
Singapore should prepare for possible ban of live animal exports: PM Lee - officials in charge of Muslim Affairs were initially quite worried that the Korban ritual in Singapore might be affected by Australia's stringent new regulations on live sheep exports; Australian PM Julia Gillard gave the green lights amid animal welfare groups pressing strongly to ban live exports completely, as New Zealand had done - Today Online (2012/10/26)
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