China, looking but not touching - deals and frescoes

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China isn’t gobbling up foreign assets at a rate that many expected, with overseas acquisitions this year on pace to reach only about 75% of last year’s volume. China more than doubled overseas M&A volume last year, acquiring over $20bn in foreign assets in 2006, up from $9.6bn in 2005. This year China’s overseas deal volume stands at $6.2bn, and most acquisitions have been attempts to bolster existing energy platforms.
One continuing problem with Chinese companies looking to buy abroad is that pesky disclosure and regulatory requirements often get in the way, forcing acquirers to put on a façade of being legit, or at least solvent (and this is before they even attempt to state a value-adding proposition).
For now, India is still the go-to emerging market for foreign deals in Asia. Last year, India barely edged out China in terms of foreign deal volume, with $21.7bn in deals. This year however, India is on pace to double China’s volume with $14.1bn worth of foreign deals completed so far this year.
One reason for this year's foreign deal lull in China is that Chinese officials are preoccupied with scanning the frescoes of the 1,600 year old Dunhuang caves that served as a religious center and trade hub on the Silk Road during the Sui and Tang dynasties. I don't know, it sounds like a good reason.
Chinese buyers gun-shy on overseas M&A [Reuters]
China's 1,600-Year-Old Dunhuang Frescoes Enter the Digital Age [Bloomberg]

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