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Plans for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., named after hockey great Gordie Howe, will increase the flow of goods between Canada and the U.S. But Canada’s current trade war with the United States means the country should diversify its economy by relying less on its southern neighbour. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Beyond NAFTA: Canada must find new global markets

Is Canada ready for a scenario where the North American Free Trade Agreement is scrapped? The tense negotiations with the United States are a chance for Canada to diversify its trade partnerships.
Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo attended the recent AFL match in Shanghai, but the bigger picture is about reassuring China that Australia welcomes its investment. David Mariuz/AAP

Chinese investment in Australia falls as political debate hits confidence

Interviews with Chinese executives confirm the political debate about China is creating feelings of being unwelcome and apprehensive about investing in Australia.
People listen during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on May 29, 2018. The federal government’s decision to buy the project doesn’t inspire confidence for potential investors eyeing Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

What the Kinder Morgan decision says about investing in Canada

The decision of the Canadian government to purchase the $4.5 billion Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project doesn't exactly instil confidence in Canada's investment climate.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Being a property investor or house hunter makes Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment

You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
Australia got in first with restrictions on foreign investors in housing, but Jacinda Arden’s new government plans to go further. Daniel Munoz/AAP

Foreign ownership of housing – how do Australia and New Zealand compare?

Concerns about foreign investors driving up housing prices have been growing. Australia was first to bar foreign purchases of existing residential property, but New Zealand is set to go further.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market. Dave Hunt/AAP

Sydneysiders blame foreign investors for high housing prices – survey

Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
A Shorten government would double the screening fees on foreign investment and financial penalties that apply to foreign investment in residential real estate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Super funds targeted in Shorten’s housing affordability package

Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on Friday.
The Chinese Community Party has trouble controlling its own members much less those of private businesses. Lukas Coch/AAP

China’s private companies are unjustly labeled as Communist Party plants

The public debate about Chinese corporations investing in Australia is spurred by several misleading ideas about the control of the Chinese government and its intervention with private businesses.
The newly created Critical Infrastructure Centre could assist overseas investors on whether they should bid for critical assets like ports. Julian Smith/AAP

Government’s new critical infrastructure list raises more questions than it answers for investors

The new Critical Infrastructure Centre might provide clarity on certain projects but it doesn't resolve the ongoing debate on what approach the government should take with foreign investment.
Scott Morrison says after current spending is taken care of the government will be able to focus on ‘good debt’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison moves to reassure credit ratings agencies

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government will take on more 'good debt' to boost productivity when current spending is under control.
The government has changed the rules so that another foreign investor can replace one who has pulled out of buying an off-the-plan dwelling. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Changes for off-the-plan foreign buyers rely on a broken supply argument

The government says its changes to foreign investment will increase housing supply and make it more affordable, but that's relying on narrow and possibly incorrect assumptions about investors.

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