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Central Huijin: To Take Part In BOC, CCB, ICBC Financing Plans
WSJ reports, "Central Huijin Investment Ltd., the domestic investment arm of China's sovereign wealth fund, said Friday it plans to participate in the financing plans of three of China's largest state-controlled commercial banks, in which it is a shareholder. It said it supports the capital raising plans of China Construction Bank Corp., Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and Bank of China Ltd. and also the banks' moves to reduce cash dividends for 2009 and strengthen their capital adequacy, according to a statement posted on Central Huijin's Web site."
read more: WSJ

China's CIC to invest more in Indonesia-minister
Reuters reports, "China is shopping for ways to invest its sovereign wealth fund in Indonesia's infrastructure, resources and manufacturing sectors, the Indonesian trade minister said on Wednesday. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Indonesia next week, just two months before U.S. President Barack Obama's rescheduled trip to Southeast Asia's biggest economy, at a time of mounting competition between China and the United States for influence, especially in resource-rich countries such as Indonesia. Trade Minister Mari Pangestu told foreign journalists that Beijing was looking for opportunities to invest money from China's $300 billion sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp (CIC) [CIC.UL], in Indonesia."
read more: Reuters

China's sovereign wealth fund to reshuffle senior exec posts: report
Xinhua reports, "China Investment Corporation (CIC) will soon reshuffle its senior mangerial posts as the country's sovereign wealth fund and other top state-owned lenders are gearing up for the initial public offering of Agricultural Bank of China, reported Saturday's China Daily.

Vice President of Bank of Communications (BankComm) Peng Chun will soon replace Xie Ping as general manager of Central Huijin Investment Ltd., the domestic entity of China's sovereign wealth fund, the daily cited "people with knowledge of the matter" as saying.

The English-language newspaper said Xie would remain a vice president of China Investment Corporation (CIC), which manages 300 billion U.S. dollar sovereign wealth fund."
read more: Xinhua

SouthGobi Energy Resources to Convert US$250 Million of China Investment Corporation Convertible Debenture Into Common Shares
Earth Times reports, "SouthGobi Energy Resources Ltd. announced today that it intends to provide Land Breeze II, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation ("CIC"), a notice of intention to convert US$250 million of the US$500m convertible debenture ("the Debenture") issued to Land Breeze II into common shares of SouthGobi Energy Resources, following receipt of confirmation by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited of its approval to list and deal in the shares upon conversion."
read more: Earth Times

CIC to invest in PE secondary market
China Knowledge reports, "China Investment Corp, the country's US$300 billion sovereign wealth fund, will keep expanding in the overseas markets by agreeing to invest a combined US$1.5 billion in the private equity secondary market, sources reported.

Reportedly, CIC will open custom accounts with Lexington Partners, Goldman Sachs and Pantheon Ventures, which each gained mandates to manage US$500 million for the sovereign fund in special accounts.

CIC had been advised by consultancy firms, including Credit Suisse, before short-listing the three candidates from a selection of 30 private equity managers in the secondary market."
read more: China Knowledge

China fund's 2009 return may pass 10 pct: report
AFP reports, "China's sovereign wealth fund could earn more than 10 percent from its investments for 2009, up from 6.8 percent for the previous year, state media reported Wednesday. China Investment Corp (CIC)'s holdings improved as the global economy and financial markets showed signs of recovery, the official Shanghai Securities News reported, citing an unnamed source. The report said the fund may expand the scope of its investments and will probably add the high-speed railway sector in the United States to its underperforming overseas portfolio, without elaborating. The fund said in August it had posted a net profit of 23.1 billion dollars in 2008. Total assets stood at 297.5 billion dollars at the end of 2008."
read more: AFP

China sovereign fund may get extra $200 billion: Report
CNBC Asia reports, "Chinese sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp, may get $200 billion in new funds from the country's foreign exchange hoard, the Financial Times reported Monday. The amount would be similar to the $200 billion CIC received when it was set up in 2007 but a final decision has yet to be made, said FT quoting unidentified government officials and people familiar with the $300 billion fund. A CIC spokesman in Beijing was not immediately available for comment. China's foreign exchange reserves are the largest in the world and rose by $141 billion to $2.27 trillion in the third quarter."
read more: CNBC Asia

Wind power generator lists in HK SAR
CCTV reports, "China Longyuan Power Group, the world's fifth largest and Asia's largest wind power generator, is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. And demand was strong, with shares being snapped up by eager investors. Longyuan's rose more than 10 percent at the start of trade on Thursday, kicking off with an IPO price of 8.16 Hong Kong dollars. Investors are hungry for renewable energy stocks, as they seek to tap into a fast-growing sector. Longyuan is a major subsidiary of China Guodian Corporation, one of China's five largest power generation groups. The IPO has pulled in funds from sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corporation, US billionaire investor, Wilbur Ross, and China Life Insurance Group raising 17 billion Hong Kong dollars from its listing on the market."
read more: CCTV Press Release

China Investment Corporation invests in GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited
The press release states, "China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) today signed a binding framework agreement with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (“GCL-Poly”) for the subscription of approximately 3,108 million shares of GCL-Poly at a price of HK$1.79 per share. The total investment is around HK$5.5 billion. The subscription is conditional upon, among other things, the signing of definitive documentation and approval by GCL-Poly’s shareholders. Upon completion of the subscription, CIC will own an approximately 20% stake in GCL-Poly on a fully-diluted basis. CIC and GCL-Poly intend to establish a joint venture to invest in and develop photovoltaic projects or other solar energy projects based on an initial capitalization of US$500 million."
read more: CIC Press Release

China Investment Corporation Invests in AES Corporation
The press release states, "China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) today made an investment through a wholly-owned subsidiary in the amount of USD 1.58 billion in AES Corporation (“AES”). At close, CIC will acquire 125.5 million shares of AES stock for USD 12.6 per share, representing approximately 15% equity interest in the company. According to the investment agreement, CIC will nominate one director to the AES board. CIC has also signed a letter of intent with AES to invest an additional USD 571 million for an approximate 35% interest in the wind generation business of AES."
read more: CIC Press Release

China Investment Corporation Invests in Nobel Oil Group
The press release states, "CIC has completed the settlement for its Phase I investment in 45% of the equity in Nobel Oil Group ("Nobel") based in Russia. HongKong’s Oriental Patron has acquired 5% equity stake. The original Russian shareholders maintain their 50% stake. CIC has agreed to invest US$ 300 million in aggregation in this transaction. The US$ 150 million in Phase I investment includes $ 100 million for the purchase of equity stake from Russian shareholders and $ 50 million for Nobel's operating expenses. In Phase II, the remaining US$ 150million is to be used within 9 months for acquiring and developing oil reserve assets (approximately 150 million barrels) in close proximity to Nobel's existing oilfields."
read more: CIC Press Release

China interested in IFC toxic asset plan -Zoellick
Reuters states, "China has shown interest in investing in a new International Finance Corp program to acquire and restructure distressed debt in developing countries, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Monday. Zoellick, speaking at a ceremony to launch the program that that aims to mobilize more than $6 billion to help banks and companies sell or restructure troubled assets, said he recently discussed the program with China Investment Corp, Beijing's sovereign wealth fund.

'They're interested in investing in distressed debt. They told us 'we can do it in the United States, but we're a little wary of doing it in the developing world because we don't want to be accused of anything',' Zoellick said. 'To come in with us in a real restructuring program, they have some significant interest.'"
read more: Reuters

CIC Buys Stake in Kazakh Gas Company for $939 Million
Bloomberg states, "China’s sovereign wealth fund bought a stake in the London-traded unit of Kazakhstan’s state-run energy company, taking its spending on resources to at least $3.69 billion this month. China Investment Corp., which holds almost $300 billion, bought an 11 percent stake in Astana, Kazakhstan-based JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production for about $939 million by purchasing global depositary receipts, according to a statement dated today on the Beijing-based fund’s Web site."
read more: Bloomberg

China Investment Corporation to invest $1 billion in Oaktree: report
The Press Release states, "China Investment Corp, the $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest about $1 billion in Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Friday. Oaktree is expected to use the funds to invest in distressed debt and other fixed income assets, the Journal said, citing unnamed sources. Oaktree declined to comment. CIC could not be reached immediately. The sovereign wealth fund is also expected to invest another $2 billion directly into other hedge funds, but it is pressing for lower fees, the Journal said. The paper said other funds that could get CIC money include Winton Capital Management, Lansdowne Capital, Och-Ziff Capital Management and Canyon Partners. Last month, sources told Reuters that the sovereign wealth fund planned to invest up to $2 billion in U.S. mortgages."
read more: Reuters

CIC and Noble Enter into Investment and Cooperation Agreement
The Press Release states, "The Noble Group (SGX: NOBL) is pleased to announce today an agreement to place 573,000,000 number of shares, for a total consideration of approximately USD850,000,000 to China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) at a price of SGD2.1137 per share. The placement comprised of 438,000,000 newly issued shares by the Company and 135,000,000 shares from trusts associated with the interests of Noble founder and CEO Richard Elman. The placement is subject to approval of the respective boards of directors of Noble Group and CIC and final legal documentation.

The placement was the result of extensive discussions between the two parties and underscores the expertise the Noble Group has developed in supply chain management and the distribution of commodities, particularly agricultural products. Noble’s diverse agricultural activities include farm production in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil which is linked to an internal logistic and storage capability. Access to export markets is further supported by 5 owned port facilities throughout South America. Noble’s other agricultural assets include crushing plants and sugar refineries. "
read more: Press Release: The Noble Group

China Discusses Taking Stake in AES
Wall Street Journal reports, "The Chinese government's investment arm is in talks on taking a minority stake in Virginia-based power-plant developer AES Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. The possible purchase is part of a wide-ranging discussion aimed at building an alliance between AES and China Investment Corp., the country's sovereign wealth fund, with some $300 billion in assets.

The discussions could result in CIC taking a significant stake in AES, which has a market capitalization of about $9.5 billion. A joint venture between the two parties also is under discussion, in which CIC would contribute capital to AES's plans to develop power plants around the globe, said the people familiar with the matter. These people described the talks as being at a sensitive stage, and said they might not produce a deal.

An AES spokeswoman declined to comment. A spokeswoman for CIC also declined to comment."
read more: Wall Street Journal

CIC No Longer to Pay Interest to the State
Economic Observer News states, "The CIC has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to treat the $200 billion US dollars used to originally finance the company as assets rather than a debt, a source from the CIC told the EO. This means that CIC will no longer be required to make regular interest payments to the state, which will, to some extent, ease the pressure on CIC in terms of payments. In late 2007, in order to fund CIC, the MOF bought foreign exchange from the central bank paid for by issuing special treasury bonds worth 1.55 trillion yuan ($226.9 billion) at an annual rate of 4.3 percent. As a result, CIC has been required to pay about 66.65 billion yuan ($9.76 billion) in interest to the state each year. However, this is about to change and CIC will, like other central state-owned enterprises, likely pay dividends at regular intervals to the state."
read more: Economic Observer News

China Investment Corporation talking to Fortescue on $1 Billion-plus convertible
Reuters states that, "Fortescue Metals and China Investment Corporation, China's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, are in advanced talks on a $1 billion-plus convertible bond deal to help the iron ore miner fund expansion, two sources familiar with the deal said on Tuesday."
read more: Reuters

CIC weathers storm with a conservative loss
Report states, "the return on its global portfolio in 2008 was -2.1%; performance that could be considered admirable compared to that of comparable sovereign wealth funds, university endowments and pension funds. CIC takes little pride, however, in this accomplishment. It was merely being a prudent investor and reacting to market circumstances. CIC understands that it cannot achieve its goals or the goals of its shareholder without productively deploying its capital."
read more: CIC Annual Report

KKR close to deal for stake in Chinese lender- WSJ
Reuters states that, "A Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co -led consortium is near a deal to invest between $150 million and $200 million in International Far Eastern Leasing Co, a Chinese lender to small and medium-size businesses, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Private equity firm KKR is investing in the deal along with sovereign-wealth fund Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) and Chinese investment bank China International Capital Corp (CICC), the people told the paper. The consortium wants to buy a minority stake in the range of 30 percent of the financial leasing firm controlled by Chinese state-owned conglomerate Sinochem Group Corp, according to the paper. The deal could be made final in coming weeks, the paper said, adding that terms could still change or the deal could fall apart."
read more: Reuters

CIC Said to Plan Investment in BBMG’s Hong Kong IPO
Bloomberg states that, "China Investment Corp., the nation’s $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, will invest in cement maker BBMG Corp.’s initial public offering in Hong Kong, said four people with knowledge of the matter. BBMG, the largest cement supplier in Beijing, marks CIC’s second investment in a Hong Kong IPO, one of the people said, declining to be identified as the size of the purchase has yet to be determined. BBMG is raising about $700 million, according to people with knowledge of the deal. CIC, based in Beijing, will become a so-called cornerstone investor in BBMG, the people said. BBMG’s IPO may be the first in Hong Kong in about a year to attract cornerstone investors, who are guaranteed shares in such a sale in return for a commitment to hold the stock for a set period after the company goes public, said three of the people. "
read more: Bloomberg

Teck Resources Announces C$1.74 Billion Private Placement
Press Release states that, "Teck Resources Limited ("Teck") (TSX:TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE:TCK] announced today that China Investment Corporation (”CIC”) has agreed to purchase through a wholly-owned subsidiary 101.3 million Class B subordinate voting shares of Teck for C$17.21 per share. Teck will apply the net proceeds of the transaction to reduce outstanding bank debt. On closing, CIC will indirectly hold approximately 17.5 per cent of Teck’s outstanding Class B subordinate voting shares, representing approximately 17.2 per cent equity and 6.7 per cent voting interests in Teck. Upon completion of the transaction, Teck’s Class A shareholders as a group will hold a 61.8 per cent voting interest in Teck with Temagami Mining Company Ltd. holding a 28.5 per cent voting interest.

Teck President and CEO Don Lindsay said: 'This transaction will have an immediate and very positive effect on Teck’s balance sheet, and represents an attractive opportunity for Teck to establish a relationship with a major Chinese financial investor, with a deep understanding of China, the world’s largest consumer of our principal products.'"
read more: Teck Press Release

CIC Takes Over Supervision Of China Reinsurance's Management Team
Wall Street Journal reports that, "Separately, CIC said Wednesday it has taken over the supervision of China Reinsurance (Group) Corp.'s management team from the insurance regulator. The information, disclosed in a statement on CIC's Web site, didn't say how China Reinsurance's daily operations will be supervised following the change.

CIC's news department told Dow Jones Newswires the move gives CIC responsibility for naming senior managers at China Reinsurance.

Central Huijin Investment Co., an investment arm of CIC, injected US$4 billion into China Reinsurance in April 2007, helping the country's largest reinsurer to restructure into a corporation. Central Huijin owns 85.5% of China Reinsurance, as a result of the recapitalization, and the Ministry of Finance owns the remaining 14.5%. Central Huijin has also made capital injections in China's biggest commercial banks and a number of other major state-controlled financial institutions. It has stated, however, it won't intervene in the daily operations of the institutions it controls. "
read more: Wall Street Journal

Central Huijin To Consolidate China Construction Bank Stake
Wall Street Journal reports that, "Central Huijin Investment Co., an investment arm of China's sovereign-wealth fund, said Wednesday it will take over a unit's 9% stake in China Construction Bank Corporation to consolidate its holdings in the large commercial lender. The stake transfer from wholly owned China Jianyin Investment Co. will raise Central Huijin's direct ownership of China Construction Bank to 57% from 48%.

'The stake increase is aimed at strengthening the management of state-owned companies and streamlining the property rights relationship of state-owned enterprises,' Central Huijin said in a statement.

'After the transfer, Huijin will remain the controlling shareholder of China Construction Bank, while Construction Bank will continue to operate as an independent entity. The transfer won't affect the bank's operation.'

The move is subject to approvals from the Ministry of Finance, and the banking and securities regulators. Central Huijin said it plans to continue increasing its stake in China Construction Bank over the next 12 months. It didn't elaborate."
read more: Wall Street Journal

China's CIC names new private equity head -sources
Reuters reports that, "China Investment Corporation, the country's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, appointed a new private equity head as part of its latest restructuring, sources told Reuters on Wednesday. CIC made an internal announcement to its staff late on Tuesday that Hu Bing, who was mainly responsible for CIC's fixed income investment and trading desk, had been appointed the new head of CIC's Private Equity Department, said the sources with direct knowledge of the matter."
read more: Reuters

Daimler held talks with China wealth fund
Forbes reports that, "German carmaker Daimler has held talks with Chinese sovereign wealth fund CIC over a possible investment by Beijing, its chief executive told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

'We have met several times in the past, and talks have not in principle been broken off,' Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told the paper."
read more: Forbes

China Investment Corporation says considering investments in Europe
Reuters reports that, "China's sovereign wealth fund will actively consider investment opportunities in Europe and has identified many potential targets there, its chairman said on Saturday. Lou Jiwei, chairman of China Investment Corp (CIC), said the CIC had not invested at all in euro zone countries last year because of financial protectionism, but that now, with European countries easing scrutiny over investments by sovereign wealth funds, it was more of an option."
read more: Reuters

China's CIC invests $800 million in Morgan Stanley fund: source
Reuters reports that, "China Investment Corp (CIC), the country's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, has committed $800 million in a new $6 billion global real estate fund to be managed by Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley, according to a person who has direct knowledge of the deal.

Earlier on Tuesday, sources told Reuters that Morgan Stanley, partly invested by CIC, is close to raising $6 billion for a new global property fund, falling short of its earlier target of $10 billion.

The Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund VII Global, the latest in the Wall Street bank's series of international property investment funds, began raising money from institutional investors in early 2008."
read more: Reuters

China Investment Corporation focuses on real economy
CCTV reports "the chairman of China's sovereign wealth fund says there are long-term investment opportunities emerging from the current global financial crisis. But he says the fund will shy away from some riskier financial derivatives.

At the China Development Forum on Saturday, Lou Jiwei, the chairman of the China Investment Corporation, said the global economy is facing recession. And he added that it's not sustainable for the global financial system to rely too heavily on US dollar assets.

Lou Jiwei, Chairman of China Investment Corporation, said, 'We see long-term investment opportunities and we see short-term price-value deviation. We will invest in a very prudent manner. We will no long touch those financial derivatives that are derived too far away from the real economy.'"
read more: CCTV

CIC looking at natural resources
IHT reports that, "the $200 billion Chinese sovereign wealth fund is shifting its investment focus to natural resources, fixed income and real estate after having made losing bets on high-profile U.S. financial firms, people familiar with its strategy said. China Investment Corp., headed by a former Vice Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, has drawn criticism at home over large paper losses on its combined $8.6 billion investments in the U.S. private equity giant Blackstone Group and the Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley."
read more: IHT

Fortescue talking to CIC
According to Market Watch, "Australian iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group said Wednesday it its holding investment-related talks with Anglo American PLC and China's sovereign wealth fund , China Investment Corp., but noted the discussions were preliminary."
read more: Market Watch

China wealth fund says investing in domestic banks
Reuters reports that, "China's sovereign wealth fund has been buying shares in the country's three largest commercial banks, the fund's chairman Lou Jiwei told reporters on Friday."
read more: Reuters

China's sovereign wealth fund to slow investment
AFP reports that, "China's 200-billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund will slow down its investing pace after being stung by major investments that turned sour in the world financial crisis, a report said Tuesday.

China Investment Corp (CIC) has been adjusting its investment plans since September, said Zhang Hongli, the company's vice executive president, according to the official Shanghai Securities News.

The moves came amid turbulence on global financial markets as the world faces recession.

'Now, cash is king and as far as possible we will refrain from making investments,' Zhang was quoted as saying by the newspaper."
read more: AFP

No plans to increase size of China wealth fund CIC
The Guardian reports that, "Beijing has no plans at present to increase the size of China Investment Corp, the country's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, Assistant Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said on Friday. Zhu, speaking at a news conference after two days of high-level Sino-American talks, said CIC was still in its start-up phase.

'At present, according to my understanding, CIC has made no request to increase its equity capital base,' Zhu said."
read more: The Guardian

CIC Official: Investment Strategy Doesn't Rule Out Mineral Assets
China's US$200 billion sovereign wealth fund doesn't exclude mineral assets in its consideration of global asset allocation, but will take measures to control any risks associated with its investments, an executive at China Investment Corp. said Tuesday. "Based on our asset allocation strategy, mineral assets are part of the consideration," the executive, who declined to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires when asked if CIC is interested in buying stakes in mineral giants such as Rio Tinto PLC. This comes after BHP Billiton Ltd.'s (BHP) board said Tuesday BHP has dropped its bid for Rio Tinto, because it no longer believes completion of the offer for Rio Tinto would be in the best interest of BHP shareholders.
read more: CNN

CIC to buy more of Blackstone Group
Forbes reports that, "increasing one's stake in a sliding stock is a common tactic among retail investors to reduce the average cost of a money-losing investment. China’s premier sovereign wealth fund has now opted to follow the “street smart” crowd, raising its interest in the Blackstone Group in the hope of polishing its investment record vis-a-vis the U.S. investment firm.

According to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, China Investment Corp. and Blackstone Group entered into an agreement Thursday that allows CIC immediately to increase its stake in Blackstone to 12.5%, having initially been limited to 9.9%. Blackstone also agreed that the additional shares bought by CIC or its affiliates are to be free from restrictions on transferal set forth in the original agreement, signed in May last year. Blackstone initially required the Chinese sovereign fund to hold onto its shares for at least four years."
read more: Forbes

Agricultural Bank of China Gets $19 Billion Bailout
Bloomberg reports that, "Agricultural Bank of China, the nation's third-largest, has received a $19 billion cash infusion from the government, paving the way for the bank to sell shares to strategic investors and the public. Agricultural Bank signed the bailout agreement with China Investment Corp., the nation's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, in Beijing today. CIC will own half of Agricultural Bank, while the Ministry of Finance will own the rest."
read more: Bloomberg

CIC intends to hike stake in Blackstone-source
According to Reuters, "Sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation intends to raise its stake in private equity firm Blackstone Group from 9.9 percent to 12.5 percent by purchasing shares on the open market, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. CIC bought its original stake in Blackstone just before the company's $31-a-share initial public offering in June 2007, but has seen the value of its investment sink. Blackstone's shares are currently trading at less than a third of the IPO price."
read more: Thomson Reuters

China Investment Corporation says won't lose money on U.S. fund freeze
China Investment Corporation, the country's sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday that it had ordered a full withdrawal of its cash from a troubled U.S. money market account before it was frozen. Indeed, it had received written confirmation that it would receive its principal and interest, the wealth fund said. The Reserve Primary Fund REPXX.O suspended redemptions last month when it became the first money market fund in 14 years to "break the buck", the par value of its shares falling to $0.97, because of losses on debt issued by Lehman Brothers. A U.S. regulatory filing showed that Stable Investment Corp, an arm of CIC, was the biggest institutional shareholder in the fund as of Sept. 1, with a stake of potentially more than $5 billion.
read more: Thomson Reuters

China Huijin increases stake in three top commercial lenders
Xinhua states, "According to announcements released by the banks on Tuesday evening, Huijin has increased shareholdings of 2 million shares for each bank through shares purchase on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

China Construction Bank (CCB) said that following the acquisition, Huijin holds 152,844,297,904 shares of the CCB (including 2,000,000 A-shares and 152,842,297,904 H-shares), representing approximately 65.405 percent, up from 65.4041 percent, of the total issued share capital of the bank.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China said Huijin now holds 118,008,174,032 shares in the bank after the acquisition, increasing its stake in the country's top lender from 35.3292 percent to 35.3298 percent.

The Bank of China said the government investment arm now holds 171,327,404,740 shares in the bank after the purchase, increasing its stake from 67.4937 percent to 67.4945 percent."
read more: Xinhua

State investment arm to shore up three Chinese lenders' shares with stock-buying plan
The Central Huijin Investment Co.,Ltd., an investment arm of the Chinese government, said Thursday it would buy the shares of three major Chinese lenders on the secondary market to shore up their share prices amid stock market slumps.

The company said it would buy the shares of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Bank of China and the China Construction Bank and operations had started on Thursday. Central Huijin was set up in 2002 with a mission to reform state-owned banks burdened with a high ratio of non-performing loans.
read more: Xinhua

China Investment Corporation looks to invest in Japanese stock market
According to the The Mainichi Daily News, "the China Investment Corporation (CIC), a sovereign wealth fund owned by the Chinese government, will begin investing in the Japanese stock market, sources told the Mainichi Shimbun on Saturday.

CIC plans to invest about one-third of its assets, or some 67 billion dollars (about 7.3 trillion yen) in foreign stock markets including the Japanese stock market. It will -- in principle -- pursue "pure" investments in the Japanese market without seeking controlling interests in corporations. While CIC's new investment strategy is expected to provide a shot in the arm to the Japanese securities market, CIC's investments in Japanese stocks could potentially be a source of concern to Japanese corporations.

CIC has entered the final stages of negotiations with Japanese banks to establish yen-denominated settlement accounts, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. A Chinese government-affiliated think tank has already surveyed Japanese financial institutions to find out how corporations would react if China were to acquire up to 20 percent of their outstanding shares. CIC has also been trying to recruit fund managers with expertise in the Japanese market, and is apparently contemplating investments in natural resources-related firms and corporations with a strong presence in the environmental technology sector."
read more: The Mainichi Daily News

CIC continues to look at banks, courts HSBC
The IHT says, "The Sunday Telegraph said bank chairman Stephen Green had met officials from the China Investment Corporation several times in recent months, discussing among other things the possibility of the fund buying HSBC's shares on the open market."
read more: International Herald Tribune

CIC tries to have transparency
According to the Financial Times, "The head of China's $200bn sovereign wealth fund said on Tuesday the fund was trying hard to adapt to international demands for greater transparency even though this was contrary to the country's ancient historical traditions.

'Our government has never been transparent for 5,000 years' said Gao Xiqing, president and chief investment officer of China Investment Corporation. 'Now we are told we need to be transparent and we are trying.'"
read more: Financial Times

CIC raises budget to $90bn
According to the Financial Times, "China's $200bn sovereign wealth fund now has as much as $90bn to spend on assets abroad, an increase of more than 30%, its president and chief investment officer said on Wednesday. The China Investment Corporation initially had about $66bn for investment offshore but Gao Xiqing said it had changed its allocation after the government reduced the amount needed to restructure some struggling state-owned financial institutions. Gao said most of CIC's enlarged offshore allocation would go to external managers to invest in equities, fixed income products and alternative investments."
read more: Financial Times

Total CEO: Chinese sovereign fund, SAFE holds around 1.3 percent
Dow Jones writes that, "Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie Thursday said the stake taken in the company by a Chinese sovereign fund is around 1.3%." Is SAFE trying to establish itself as a sovereign investor?
read more: Dow Jones

CIC in discussion to buy Dresdner Bank
Europe's biggest insurer Allianz SE is holding "intensive" negotiations with Beijing's state-owned China Investment Corporation (CIC) over the possible sale of its banking offshoot Dresdner Bank, the German media reported Thursday. Citing industry sources, the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that CIC is seeking to acquire both Dresdner's retail business as well as its investment banking operations.
read more: Earth Times

CIC interested in Swedish government's 19.9% stake in Nordrea
The China Investment Corporation is interested in buying the Swedish government's 19.9 per cent stake in Nordea AB. 'We have come to know that the Swedish state is privatising Sweden's biggest bank and we are going to take a closer look,' said China Investment's Gao Xiqing.
read more: Forbes

China's Pension Fund
According to Reuters, "Zheng Bingwen of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the government's top think-tank, said China should launch a fund similar to Norway's Government Pension Fund -- Global, which is one of the world's biggest pension funds and invests Norway's oil and gas revenues for future generations.

The existing China National Social Security Fund (NSSF), a "fund of last resort" for China's patchwork of chronically underfunded provincial pension schemes, should also boost its overseas investments with a focus on markets in neighboring countries, he said.

The NSSF had assets of 516.2 billion yuan ($72.53 billion) at the end of last year, including overseas equities investments of $1.66 billion, data released at the forum on Thursday showed."
read more: Reuters

CIC turns focus on Japan
The China Investment Corporation sovereign announced plans to buy as much as $10 billion in Japanese stocks and may consider purchasing a large stake in oil and gas developer Inpex Holdings Inc.

Initially, the fund will focus on stocks centered in Tokyo and eventually move toward direct investments, such as real estate.
read more: Reuters

$4 Billion In J.C. Flowers Fund - Investing Indirectly
The CIC plans to invest $4 Billion into the J.C. Flowers Fund, a private equity fund headed by former Goldman Sachs trader, Christopher Flowers. The investment will be aimed at distressed financial institutions.


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