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Top 10 S. Korean companies operating in China

President Xi Jinping arrived in Seoul on July 3 at the start of his first visit to South Korea since taking office last year.

Upon arrival in Seoul, President Xi said he looks forward to exchanging in-depth views with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and jointly mapping out the future of bilateral cooperation.

China is South Korea’s leading export destination and source of imports – and it is thus South Korea’s largest trading partner. Two-way trade hit $274.2 billion in 2013, a 55-fold increase since 1992 – the year the two countries established diplomatic ties.

South Korea is China’s third biggest trading partner, and its investment in China rose 87.9 percent in the first five months this year.

The following list concerns details about the top 10 South Korean companies that have contributed the most to trade ties between the two countries.

Source: Fortune Global 500 2013 list

 

No. 10: S-Oil

China office location: Shanghai municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 371

CEO: Nasser Al-Mahasher

Employees: 2,691

Revenues: $30,829.9 million

Profits: $519.5 million

Assets: $11,674.9 million

No. 9: Korea Gas Corporation

China business unit location: Hong Kong SAR

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 365

CEO: Kangsoo Choo

Employees: 2,976

Revenues: $31,103.40 million

Profits: $325.6 million

Assets: $37,948.3 million

 

No. 8: Kia Motors Corporation

China headquarters location: Shanghai municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 252

CEO: Hyoung-Keun Lee

Employees: 47,083

Revenues: $41,945.8 million

Profits: $3,431.4 million

Assets: $30,266.1 million

 

No. 7: GS Caltex Corporation

China business unit location: Shandong province

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 239

CEO: Jin-Soo Huh

Employees: 4,535

Revenues: $43,407.6 million

Profits: $651.8 million

Assets: $21,060.4 million

 

No. 6: Korea Electric Power Corporation

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 235

CEO: Hwan-Eik Cho

Employees: 38,611

Revenues: $43,612.9 million

Profits: $-2,811.6 million

Assets: $136,534 million

 

No. 5: LG Electronics Inc

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank 225

CEO: Bon-Joon Koo

Employees: 86,697

Revenues: $45,246.1 million

Profits $59.3 million

Assets $29,387.1 million

 

No. 4: POSCO (Pohang Iron and Steel Company)

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 167

CEO Joon-Yang Chung

Employees 35094

Revenues: $56,472.5 million

Profits: $2,186 million

Assets: $74,049.1 million

 

No. 3: Hyundai Motor Company

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 104

CEO: Mong-Koo Chung

Employees: 98,348

Revenue: $74,998.5 million

Profits: $7601.8 million

Assets: $113,539 million

 

No. 2: SK Holdings Co Ltd

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 57

CEO: Tae-won Chey

Employees: 78,593

Revenue: $106,258.8 million

Profits: $931.3 million

Assets: $84,679.5 million

 

No. 1: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

China headquarters location: Beijing municipality

Fortune Global 500 2013 rank: 14

CEO: Oh-Hyun Kwon

Employees: 236,000

Revenue: 178,554.80 million

Profits: $20,585.7 million

Assets: $169,154.6 million

Hawaii’s New Foreign Real Estate Buyers

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Wealthy Koreans and Chinese from three locations join Japanese and Canadian buyers in the local market

BY DENNIS HOLLIER

Honolulu is one of the top 10 real estate markets in the country for international buyers.

Maybe you’re not surprised, but, according to Inman News, a prominent national source of real estate intelligence, 3.6 percent of all homes sold on Oahu between May 2011 and January 2012 went to buyers with a foreign tax bill address. That’s roughly twice the national average.

On the one hand, this factoid seems to confirm the obvious. Resort towns have always gotten the biggest slice of the international market, which is comprised mostly of affluent people seeking second homes. In that sense, high-end communities like Kahala, Wailea and Hualalai look like the quintessential market for these wealthy foreigners. But if you look closely at the numbers, the story becomes more complicated.

Bigger Picture

That’s because Hawaii differs from other U.S. markets in important ways. First, Hawaii real estate doesn’t offer the bargains international investors can find elsewhere. According to the Inman report, we don’t have the high vacancy or foreclosure rates that have depressed prices in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Florida. For example, in 2010, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., one of the top 10 markets for international buyers, had a vacancy rate of 37 percent, the highest in the country. The national figure is about 13 percent. In Hawaii, the vacancy rate is barely more than 8 percent.

That same divergence is reflected in the low number of foreclosure sales in the Islands. In Miami, during the fourth quarter of 2011, foreclosure sales accounted for 24 percent of all residential sales. In Phoenix, it was 39 percent. In Las Vegas, the country’s distressed property capital, an amazing 58.7 percent of all homes sold were foreclosures. In contrast, just 6.1 percent of Honolulu sales were foreclosures. The comparative health of Hawaii’s real estate market hasn’t yielded bargain-basement prices, so it’s not surprising that most foreign buyers have looked elsewhere.

Home Front

The biggest difference with the Hawaii market may simply be the mix of foreign buyers. Across the country, Canadians make up 23 percent of all international buyers, followed by the English and other Europeans. In Florida, which has six of the top 10 markets for foreign buyers, that trend is even more pronounced, with Canadians comprising more than 70 percent of the international market. In Hawaii, of course, Asian buyers predominate. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Japan-based buyers still account for more than 58 percent of all international sales in Hawaii. Canadians are also an important market, but they make up just over 16 percent of foreign buyers. The next largest group is the fabled Chinese, comprising nearly 6 percent of all international sales.

This is a familiar landscape to Hawaii Realtors who specialize in foreign buyers. But there are subtle changes obscured in that data. Those changes aren’t lost on Patricia Choi of Choi International, Hawaii Business’s Top Realtor for three out of the past five years, largely due to international sales.

“Now, we have two or three new sets of buyers,” Choi says. “The first is the Koreans. They don’t have to have a visa anymore, and they can stay up to 90 days. Because of that, we have more people from Korea who are looking to buy vacation homes here. And they come in all ages, from young ones who’ve been very successful to older retirees.

“The second group is the Chinese – and actually you have three groups of those. You have the ones from mainland China, those from Taiwan and those from Hong Kong.”

It’s the group from mainland China that has some Realtors on the edge of their seats. After all, the country’s booming economy has produced hundreds of thousands of new millionaires, and, according to Juwai.com, a popular Chinese real estate portal, as many as 85 percent of them would like to immigrate to the U.S. or send their children to school here. That’s why smart Realtors like Choi see so much potential in the China market. Although Choi says that 60 percent to 70 percent of her business last year was from Japan, she’s focusing more and more attention on China.

“I’ll be leaving on a flight to China next week,” she says. “This is my third year in a row that I’m going to China.” She’s also going to Seoul this year instead of Tokyo.

Understanding foreign buyers isn’t just important for Honolulu Realtors; foreign buyers also play an important, albeit diminished, role in the market for high-end property on the Neighbor Islands. “We currently have about 300 members (owners),” says Rob Kildow, principal broker and director of sales for Hualalai Realty, which handles sales for the Hualalai Resort on Hawaii Island. “It looks like about 3.5 percent of our members are Japan-based. We also have members from Australia, Canada, Holland, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore; but everybody is less than 1 percent except the Japan contingent.” Overall, though, he estimates nearly 20 percent of his sales are to foreign buyers. Given the amount of international money coming in, Kildow, like Choi, is keenly aware of what drives foreign buyers.

“Without getting too complicated,” he says, “a lot of it has to do with currency valuations. With the weak dollar, that’s made us more attractive to international buyers.” Probably the best example is the yuan, which is up 34 percent against the dollar over the past three years. That amounts to a 34 percent discount on U.S. real estate for Chinese buyers. That same scenario is playing out with the yen, the Korean won and the Canadian dollar.

“Lift is also an important part if it,” Kildow says. “Now, for example, there’s a once- or twice-a-week flight out of Hong Kong. There was an almost immediate jump in buyers with that. That works whenever you get more lift; you always get a pick-up in interest from those areas. People are creatures of convenience.”
Probably the most important issue for foreign buyers is the difficulty in obtaining financing. Banks simply don’t want to offer a typical mortgage to foreign nationals, which means these transactions often involve large quantities of cash. This is particularly troubling for Chinese buyers, who, because of tight currency regulations, often have difficulty getting money out of China.

“You can get money out of Hong Kong or Taiwan,” says Pat Choi, “But out of mainland China, you’re restricted to something like $50,000 per person per year.”
This is a serious impediment to buying real estate, she notes. “Some are able to get 50 percent loans. And they have big families. But most of the people doing this are pretty affluent; they’re people who have a lot of cash saved up.”

According to Choi, if young Realtors want to get into the international market, they have to understand all these issues. “They need to educate themselves,” she says. “They need to go to the NAR meetings and be active in the international section.” Maybe most important, they need to understand the needs of the international buyer. Choi recommends traveling to foreign countries and learning what potential buyers are like in their own environment.

She offers one more piece of wisdom: “This doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time.”

Top 10 U.S. Markets for Foreign Buyers

Foreign buyers as a percentage of all buyers in each market

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 9.2%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. 8.5%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. 6.9%
North Point-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla. 6.5%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla. 5.3%
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Ariz. 4.2%
New York County, N.Y. (Manhattan) 3.7%
Honolulu 3.6%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 2.9%
Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. 2.8%

Photo: Thinkstock

Source: Inman News, reporting on all homes sold between May 2011 and January 2012.

Photo: Thinkstock

Launch a Business, Get a Green Card

One way Chinese real estate buyers are getting around visa rules and currency restrictions is by investing in U.S. businesses. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, over the past four years there’s been a 35 percent up-tick in EB-5 applications, a program that awards permanent resident status to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in new U.S. business ventures that create a minimum of 10 jobs. Last year, 78 percent of all applicants for the program were Chinese nationals.

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American Luxury Real Estate Popular With Chinese Buyers

American Luxury Real Estate Popular With Chinese Buyers

Buying overseas real estate is popular among affluent Chinese for a number of reasons. They may be buying property for a son or daughter studying overseas, as a tangible investment or the first step in a long term goal of emigrating to a new country. The following is a curated list of articles that provide insight into the growing trend of Chinese purchasing real estate for personal and investment reasons overseas.

China has the youngest billionaires

China may not have the most billionaires, but it does have the youngest.

According to a report from Wealth-X and UBS, China’s 157 billionaires have an average age of 53 years old. That’s nine years younger than the global average.

China has the second-highest number of billionaires in the world after the U.S., which has 515. And China has added 10 new billionaires over the past year.

Still, China’s billionaires have come under fire recently for their wealth and power. The government recently charged one of its top billionaires, venture capitalist and human rights supporter Wang Gongquan, with “assembling a crowd to disrupt order.”

Chinese-American entrepreneur and blogger Charles Xue was arrested in August, and last year Xu Ming, once the country’s eighth richest man, was arrested and charged with fraud.

 

One study found that 17 percent of the billionaires on the Hurun Rich List—China’s version of the Forbes list—wind up in court or prison.

By CNBC’s Robert Frank. Follow him on Twitter@robtfrank

 

 

移民篇 問与答

移民篇 問与答

By 您好媒体夏威夷 Nihao Media Hawaii

Interview of Immigration Attorney Alan W. C. Ma
Q: 马渭泉律师,谢谢你接受我们创刊号的专访.

A: 不用客气。我很高兴知道你们发行一份内容丰富精彩而且设计精美的 刊物来介绍夏威夷.

Q: 马律师,我们了解你是一位资深的美国移民律师,你可否自我介绍一下吗?

A 当然啦。我从业美国移民法工作已有27年。当中曾兼任夏威夷大学法学 院的移民法教授,夏威夷州驻中国及香港贸易代表。我亦被同业在过去二十 年连续推选为美国最优秀的移民律师之一。我是夏威夷 州唯一被连选到这 项最高荣誉这么持久的律师。

Q 目前中国人对美国移民兴起一个新浪潮,你可否向我们详细介绍一下移民美国的途径吗?

A:目前在中国大小报纸及网站广告中,大家都可以见到非常多的美国投资移 民或简称EB-5的项目在推广。这个应该是比较简单的办法来申请到美国移 民或所谓绿卡的身份。
Q:什么是EB-5项目呢?
A:EB-5是(Employment Based 5th preference)的简称。美国国会在1990年设 立该法律,鼓励世界各地的企业家来美发展,创造美国人就业机会,
推动经 济发展。

Q:EB-5的法律要求是什么呢?

A:很简单来说,一位外国投资者只要在法律改革后(1990年11月29日)以下列三个办法中之一,成立一个“新企业”及创造10个就业机会便可:
投资一家新企业;大幅度改革一家1990年11月29日前成立的企业;大幅度扩展一家在1990年11月29日后成立的企业。但目前在中国推广的项目是以第一个办法为主,所以中国的朋友只有认识这 个办法为多。

Q: 创造10个工作机会是硬性的吗?

A: 不是!因为一般商业人士都不愿意在法律要求下,被迫雇用10个固定全职工作人员,所以目前法律也允许一个外国人投资到一些被美国移民局指定 为“区域”中心(Regional Center)的地区或项目,有助美国经济,而投资 者将可以通过一个“间接”创造工作机会的方式来雇用少于10个职员达到 法律要求。

Q: 在夏威夷州有区域中心来方便投资者少请过10个工作人员来申请EB-5 吗?

A 有。夏威夷有两个公众(public)区域中心。一个是夏威夷州政府经济贸易 发展局(DBEDT)所拥有而包括全州地区的“区域中心”。另外是一家私 人拥有由我法律事务所代为管理全州地区的“区域中心”。

Q:这两个公众区域中心目前有项目在推广中吗?

A:有,但因为夏威夷的项目比较少,所以都很快就被投资者全部接纳。故此 有兴趣在夏威夷投资EB-5的人仕请到本事务所或夏威夷经济贸易发展局 查询。

Q:投资EB-5的全额是多少呢?

A:EB-5法律是有50万及100万美元的两大投资额的分别。简单来说如果要以 少额50万美国来申请到EB-5绿卡,投资的地点所谓“目标地区”(Target Employment Area)。即是在人口少(人口统计区内少于2万人)或失业率 高(当地的失业率要比国家高1.5倍以上)的地点。

Q:夏威夷有很多目标地区吗?

A:因为夏威夷一直都是经济比较旺盛而失业率低,所以目标地区并不多。一般来说,在瓦胡岛 (Oahu)以外(除了Hilo市之外),所有的外岛地区是人口少而被视为目标地区。

Q:那么如果要投资100万美元才能申请EB-5,不是资金风险很高吗?

A:不是的。往往资金投放到失业率高及人口少的地方,尽管所投资金较少,风险度才较高。

Q:资金一定要投到人家的项目吗?

A:其实法律没有要求资金一定要投到别人的项目才可以申请EB-5绿卡。可是因为外国来的企业家对美国的经济环境和情况都不熟悉和了解,所以法律允许外国投资者投到美国人创做的发展项目。

Q:请问一般EB-5项目有什么的风险?

A:我们从法律工作人士的角度来看,EB-5投资有二大风险:一是商业风 险,就是资金投资后,发展商没有能达到预期的回报,投资者在金钱上 有所损失。第二大风险是法律性风险,就是说投资者投了钱以后,不能为自 己和家人申请到绿卡。

Q:那如何能够避免和减低商业跟法律上的风险呢?
A:要对投资者争取到最高的保障,这个是因人而异。我们当律师的都是要清楚发展商的经验和能力,发展公司的背景,还有发展项目的可行性。然后再分析投资者的个人背景,资金来源证明,才能比较准确的分析一个投资者的资金跟法律上的风险。

Q:一般来说,谁有资格申请EB-5投资移民?
A:法律只要求申请人在21岁以上,有提供资金的能力跟能够证明到资金的合法来源,不管他的教育程度,商业背景和能力,都可以申请EB-5投资移 民,而且申请人也可以带他的配偶,和21岁以下的儿女一起到美。

Q:法律是否要求投资者一定要迁移到项目的所在地区,才能拿到EB-5移民签证吗?
A:法律没有要求投资者一定要住在项目所在地,才可以申请到EB-5签证。可是我们一般的EB-5客户,大部分都是住在夏威夷,国为夏威夷环境优美,清净,气候好。所以是很受中国人喜欢的移民地区。

Q:如果一个项目在某种情况下失败了,那投资者就要放弃他的绿卡身份吗?
A:不是的,移民法条是允许移民局人士考虑,如果投资者在他没能控制的情况下,所投的项目失败了,投资者还是可以保
留他们的绿卡身份的。

Q:有兴趣申请移民的中国朋友 他应该怎么样开始申请程序?
A:做为一个有多年经验的移民律师,我往往建议有兴趣移民美国的客户,允 许我们做出他们背景的了解和分析,然后做出我们专业性的建议才做出投资 的行作。我们的工作范围并不是盲目地替客户申请到绿卡。我们的工作是 全面性的考虑到保护客户:在美国税法的责任,投资的安全,家人身份的保护跟他进出美国的自由等等问题,才做出一个最理想的移民方法的建议。

Q:马律师,那就是说,除了EB-5以外,还有其他的移民美国的途径吗?
A:是的。我们除了建议EB-5以外,还有其他的渠道会建议给客户考虑。这些渠道,是以客户的经商经验,英语能力及财政能力来决定的。

Q:按你说,一个有兴趣移民美国的朋友,是需要找一个移民律师来协作,你有什么建议可以找到最理想的律师呢?
A:移民方面的法律工作是一种需要经验丰富的律师才比较提供可靠的服务。所以一个客户应该小心了解及清楚所请的受托律师,从移民跟商业的背景都是 经验丰富,而且有较高的名誉,才委托他来处理整个移民申请程序。因为移 民亦是一件终身大事,不可轻视。

Q:谢谢马律师今天接受我们的访问。
A:谢谢,我希望你们的刊物会受大众读者的爱护和支持。

Alan W.C. Ma, Esq. Law Offices of Alan W.C. Ma
Pan Am Building, 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 520
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 Phone: (808) 944-1188, Fax: (808) 944-8877

US still first choice for rising number of migrants

More people than ever around the world are living abroad and the United States remains the most popular destination, according to new UN data released on Wednesday.

The UN Population Division reported that 232 million people, or 3.2 percent of the world’s population, were living outside their homeland in 2013 – a significant increase from the 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990.

“Migration broadens the opportunities available to individuals and is a crucial means of broadening access to resources and reducing poverty,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said. Nearly two-thirds of all international migrants live in Europe and Asia, with Europe hosting 72 million and Asia 71 million in 2013, the UN report said.

The new estimates found that developed economies in the north are home to 136 million international migrants, compared to 96 million in the developing south.

Between 1990 and 2013, the north gained a larger number of international migrants than the south. But since 2000, the growth in the south has been more rapid than in the north.

Nonetheless, international migration remains highly concentrated, with half of all international migrants living in 10 countries this year.

The US hosts the largest number, 45.8 million, and it gained the largest number of international migrants between 1990 and 2013, nearly 23 million, which is equal to 1 million additional migrants per year, the report said.

Russia was second with 11 million international migrants, followed by Germany with 9.8 million, Saudi Arabia with 9.1 million, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom with 7.8 million, France with 7.4 million, Canada with 7.3 million, and Australia and Spain with 6.5 million, it said.

John Wilmoth, director of the Population Division, said, “new sources and destinations of migrants are emerging, and in some cases, countries have become important points of origin, transit and destination simultaneously”.

Asia saw the largest increase of international migrants between 2000 and 2013, adding some 20 million migrants, mainly as a result of increasing demand for foreign labor in the oil-producing countries of western Asia and in Southeast Asian countries with rapidly growing economies such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, Wilmoth said.