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Ant Group’s Long March

The Chinese fintech conglomerate Ant Group, known for its digital payments and other online financial services, has just been stopped in its tracks, after Chinese regulators suspended its simultaneous public listing, originally scheduled for November 5, on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges. Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, argues that expansion of such Chinese  companies hinge on geopolitical dynamics beyond their control.

Greater China Trade & Investment

Critical Minerals and the New Geopolitics

Australia is the world’s biggest producer of lithium – a key ingredient in the manufacture of the batteries that will power the fourth Industrial Revolution. It also has aspirations to be a battery maker. But, as Sophia Kalantzakos, an expert on the geopolitics of minerals writes, it is a field that promises to be both a strategic and commercial scramble as the great powers in the Indo-Pacific vie to secure vital, and scarce, supplies.

Greater China Trade & Investment

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