China’s State Companies Outgrow The ‘Family’ – Richard McGregor

From The Financial Times:

In the media reports about offshore acquisitions by Chinese companies, the myriad diverse buyers are usually described in headlines and electronic tickers in a single word: “China”.

It is a convenient compression. Autonomous as they may claim to be, every Chinese state enterprise, be it Minmetals, the Bank of China or Shanghai Automotive, answers ultimately to the ruling Communist party. So what then are we to make of the high-profile spat between two of China’s three big state airline groups, , the national carrier, and , based in Shanghai? Air China blocked China Eastern ‘s planned tie-up with Singapore Airlines last week by persuading the Shanghai group’s minority shareholders to vote against it. Air China’s parent, much to China Eastern’s very public ire, is now contemplating a bid of its own for the same shares. [Full Text]

See more on China Eastern’s bid from CDT, click here .

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