tirsdag 18. mai 2021

Sour relations between Beijing and Canberra dampen mainland Chinese investment in Australian property market

The worsening tensions between Canberra and Beijing have dampened the appetite of mainland Chinese for Australian property, with investments declining by 29 per cent in 2020, according to data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

Total investment in Australian property both from state-owned and private enterprises in China reached US$935.5 million in 2019, falling to US$664 million last year. As of the first quarter of this year, it was down to just US$22.7 million, according to RCA. The data tracked deals involving income-producing real estate such as offices, industrial and retail buildings, hotels, rental apartments and development sites for commercial and residential projects worth at least US$10 million.

“The tension in the international relations [between Canberra and Beijing] will affect foreign direct investments into Australia, including investments in its property market, where Chinese investors constitute one of the largest foreign investor groups in the country,” said Sing Tien Foo, director, Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies at the National University of Singapore.