Cheung Kong Group Denies Li Ka-shing Pulling back from China and HK

Cheung Kong Group Denies Li Ka-shing Pulling back from China

09-06 10:34 Caijing

Guo Ziwei, a Cheung Kong director, called the shift a cautious investment decision by “putting eggs in more than one basket.”

Board of director of Cheung Kong Group, the leading HK-based multi-national conglomerate, has denied its chairman Li Ka-shing is giving up on investments in China following reports of his groups selling Chinese assets while shopping in Europe. Li’s conglomerate, Hutchison Whampoa, has put the supermarket chain ParknShop in HK up for sale while the Cheung Kong is selling an office building in Shanghai for at least 6 billion yuan, triggering speculations that the Asia’s richest man is withdrawing investments in China, both the mainland and HK.The two of Li’s groups are also reportedly selling a piece of commercial property in Guangzhou to GCREF Acquisitions 22 Limited for a total of over 3 billion yuan.

Guo Ziwei, a Cheung Kong director, called the shift a cautious investment decision by putting eggs in more than one basket.

“We look at opportunities both home and abroad,” Guo explained in an interview with the Beijing Morning Post, “it’s just that we think Europe has presented better investment opportunities at this moment.”

Guo, however, assured that the billionaire will not give up on China as the world’s second largest economy will continue to grow by at least 7 percent, but said Europe offers higher returns with less competition.

Property market in China’s biggest cities continues to heat up as developers compete for prime land, prompting prices to record highs.

HK-based Sun Hung Kai & Co Thursday won a bid for a central land project in Xu Jiahui in Shanghai, at prices equivalent to 37,264 yuan a square meter, making it the most expensive in the city’s land sales in history.

Another Cheung Kong board of director Zhao Guoxiong last month also dismissed rumors of the group retreating from China, saying businesses in mainland cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are doing fine.

He said the group maintains its 2013 target of 10billion revenue from mainland and is expected to launch 200 more residential property projects by the end of the year.

Li Ka-Shing said last month he will increase his telecommunications market share in Europe and seek acquisitions as slowing property sales in Hong Kong depress profits at Cheung Kong Holdings, HK’s second-largest developer.

The company reported a 13 percent decline in first-half profit.

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