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SEC Escalates Showdown With Chinese Audit Firms

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the Chinese arms of the five big accounting firms with violations on Monday for failing to turn over audit reports on U.S.-listed Chinese companies, according to Reuters:...

CDT Money: The Numbers Game

Last week’s key data release signaled continued weakness for China’s manufacturing sector, with HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers index (PMI) shrinking for an eighth straight month in June. Reuters reports...

CDT Money: Earnings Season Marred by Cloud of Fraud

A preliminary measure of manufacturing activity painted a stabilizing picture of the Chinese factory sector this week, though concerns persist over potential export weakness as a trip by Wen Jiabao brought Europe back to the...

CDT Money: More Signs of a Slowdown

Despite suggestions last week that the yuan exchange rate had reached equilibrium and hints of possible liberalization in its trading range, officials at the People’s Bank of China set the yuan’s U.S. dollar...

Sometimes a Cave is Just a Cave

Reuters profiles China’s “Underground Grand Canyon,” a cave and tourist attraction in a remote part of Shandong Province which exemplifies the controversial measures Chinese companies sometimes take to...

Sino-Forest Fights Back Against Muddy Waters

In October, short-seller Muddy Waters Research accused Sino-Forest of exaggerating its land holdings and profits. As a result, the timber company, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, faced investigation by the Ontario...

The Roots of the Sino-Forest Mystery

A lengthy article in the Globe and Mail looks at the complex history of Sino-Forest, a joint venture between a Hong Kong entrepreneur and a Chinese government bureau, which is now being brought down by a major accounting...

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