China’s buying spree hits new heights

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China’s appetite for corporate acquisitions is propelling it to the forefront of global deal-making. Tara Joseph reports.

China’s buying spree hits new heights

China is stepping up its global shopping spree.

Armed with piles of cash, but facing slowing growth at home, deal-hungry Chinese firms are snapping up huge numbers of overseas companies from real estate to chemicals to tech.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TARA JOSEPH, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING:

“China’s overseas buying binge isn’t exactly new – recent deals have included French vineyards, US movie theatres and European soccer teams… But the amount of money being spent is now reaching jaw-dropping levels. So far this year, Chinese firms have done deals abroad worth more than 130 billion dollars – almost 4 times the total in the previous six months.”

If that’s not enough, it looks like the biggest purchase of all is yet to come…

State owned ChemChina is eyeing up a takeover of Swiss pesticides group Syngenta…

If they can pull that off, it’ll be China’s largest foreign acquisition ever – with a pricetag of 43 billion dollars.

The deal had been hinging on U.S. National Security concerns over the global food supply…

But it’s been given the green light pending a last look by European regulators.

Like many Chinese acquisitions the deal focuses on moving up the high tech value chain…

matching Beijing’s vision of shifting from cheap manufacturing toward a more sophisticated economic model…

While upping China’s power and influence over some of the most significant industries in the world.

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