Monday morning links

Chinese trade soared in April, rising 32% YoY in dollar terms as global consumers spent their stimulus checks.

China’s securities regulator is looking to tighten the rules for firms listing overseas.

Bytedance announced it had hired thousands of people to challenge Alibaba in e-commerce.

Hong Kong apartment rents have started to drop as expats move away from the city and unemployment rises.

Japan’s prime minister Suga set a target of 1 million vaccinations per day to make sure the country is read for the Tokyo Olympics in July.

On Friday later this week, Suga is set to decide on whether to extend the state of emergency for Tokyo and three other key regions in Japan.

Singapore is battling a new outbreak of COVID-19 variant B1617 which seems to be in an early stage of spreading within the community.

Asian stock ideas

  • Third Point has invested in Singapore ride-hailing company Grab (Not yet listed) as it’s preparing to list via a SPAC, as per their 1Q21 letter

  • Financial Times Lex discussing Singapore Press Holding’s (SGX:T39 — US$1.8 billion) corporate restructuring into a pure-play property company ($)

  • Bonhoeffer’s 1Q21 letter mentions Korean construction company DL E&C (KOSE:375500 — US$2.5 billion), which post-spin-off trades at a large discount to peers

Long-form writing

Podcasts and videos

  • I did an interview with Brandon Beylo at Value Hive, discussing a range of topics (1:13 hours)

  • I also did an interview with Jon Kingston at the Capital Employed (15 mins)

  • Sam Zell buys gold with inflation trends reminding him of the 1970s (8 mins)

  • Defense expert Tom Shugart discusses the risk of a war over Taiwan (53 mins)

  • Tech Buzz China discussing key trends in China tech (1:15 hours)

  • Warren Pies from 3Fourteen Research giving his outlook for the global oil market (1:24 hours)

  • Isabella Weber giving a history lesson on China’s economic reforms in the 1980s (1:01 hours)

Chart of the week – Delhi’s COVID-19 outbreak starting to get under control

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