The Big Call
Desultory scenes at one of China's border trading posts with Russia contrast sharply with the huge trade synergies that may start to be realised in the coming three years.
Irregularities and fraud have become words associated with listed Chinese small cap stocks overseas, but among the dross the lure of a genuine nugget keeps some investors enthusiastic.
American Lorain faces fierce competition in overseas markets for chestnuts and may require intensified marketing efforts to drive domestic sales. Its optimism for 2010 may not be justified.
Huayi appears to be a genuine prospect. A leader in the private movie-making market, it appears set to benefit from a growing middle class infatuation with the silver screen.
As long as China Mobile, its big customer, prospers, the future would seem to be bright for Ultrapower, an IT service and software provider.
Noah appears under pressure from a number of fronts. Its electronic educational devices, for instance, are at risk of being rendered obsolete by increasingly smart mobile phones.
China's large banks need to raise a possible Rmb 800bn to meet capital needs, but are the domestic markets up to supplying that kind of money?
China's current peg to the US dollar will be overhauled at some stage, but will it be replaced by a genuine currency basket, or – with a trade deficit in March in prospect – will nothing much change?
An asymmetric hike in interest rates is looking increasingly likely because of the lopsided nature of China's frailties.
A selection of key financial charts.
Capital Intensive China
Several signs are combining to suggest that China's property market may be cooling and be set to cool further in coming weeks - a prospect that could ultimately hit international base metal prices.
Best of Chinese Commentators
Most economists predict an interest rate hike in the coming months, but they differ on details.
Some 78 State-owned enterprises have been told to exit the property market once current projects are completed, but this may have little immediate impact on property prices.
A strong pipeline of new listings has put Hong Kong exchange traded funds in favour with investors.
Jun Ma, chief economist and strategist for Greater China at Deutsche Bank, argues that China's long-term fundamentals remain compelling despite current concerns over asset bubbles.
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