Commonwealth Short Story Competition

first_img Reddit ← One Decade after the Ohrid Framework Agreement, Skopje +1 February 23, 2011 Published by Site Default Share 0 Commonwealth Short Story Competition LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 1 March 2011Open to: citizens of a Commonwealth country age 19 or moreAward: winner: £2000, 4 regional prizes of £500 eachThe Commonwealth Short Story Competition is an annual scheme to promote new creative writing for radio, funded and administered by the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.Established in 1996, the competition aims to increase understanding and appreciation of Commonwealth cultures and promote rising literary talents.EligibilityThis competition is open to all citizens of a Commonwealth country age 19 or more.Requirements* entries must be original, unpublished, in English* no more than 600 words in length* free subjectApplicationComplete the online entry form.Award* winner receives a prize of £2000 and there are four regional prizes of £500* two special prizes of £500: best short story for children and  ‘Women as Agents of Change’Official Webpage Similar Stories Pocket Online Course: International Coverage of Religion in the Digital Age → Tweetlast_img read more

Call For Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors, Serbia

first_img Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans on August 15, 2012 at 8:53 am on November 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm on August 15, 2012 at 8:44 am Log in to Reply I downloaded the application form but it doesn’t open. It says that the file is corrupt. What do I need to do? By Mladiinfo says: Dear Muhamed:Please contact the organizers with your question at:Youth Education CommitteeVojvode Hrvoja 17, 11000 Beograd, [email protected]+381 69 43 73 42 6We at Mladiinfo do not organize the event. We are informing you of the possibilities. Best of luck with your application.Kind regards,Mladiinfo team By Lirande says: Call For Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors, Serbia on November 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm Second Steps for Alternative Urbanisation (Regional Training in Serbia) Reddit Pocket Share 0 By Mladiinfo says: Dear Anja, please read the post CAREFULLY, all information are there, especially in the part call for applicants! ← Uni-Credit Study Abroad Exchange Programme LinkedIn 0 Log in to Reply Well it says that is opened for young people. Maybe you can be an eligible candidate, but you might want to check that with the organizers. Please direct to the responsible contact persons and get the information from first hand. Kind regards,Mladiinfo team Log in to Reply Log in to Reply on November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm Log in to Reply By Anja says: By Mehdi says: I’m a senior at the high school in Kosovo. Still, I would like to be part of this project. Am I allowed to participate in this project ? Looking forward to hearing from you! Deadline: December 1, 2012Open to: young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia, high level university students, enrolled in undergraduate or master studies, young profesionals working within public sector or youth worker from NGOs dealing with Human Rights, European Integration or Reconciliation, with good command of EnglishVenue: December 23rd – 28th, 2012, Belgrade, SerbiaYouth Reconciliation Ambassadors is interdisciplinary and intensive programme, which includes five-day study visit, peer to peer education, media appearances and essay publishing. The seminar will be held in Belgrade, 23rd – 28th December, 2012, the first and the last date named being the arrival and departure date.Idea behind the visitThe idea of this programme is to encourage multi-perspective discussions on topics relevant to the future of the entire area of former Yugoslavia. The exchange of experiences between young people from neighbouring countries, which are all at different stages of transition, could help form new ideas and overcome conflicts from the past.The curriculum consists of three core topics, which will be elaborated in very intensive 8 hour working day: EU Integration, History Education and process of Reconciliation in the Region. Selection process will be conducted based on applicants’ motivation to become person who will promote cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia. Selected participants will attend lectures and visit different types of institutions (government, embassies, universities, NGOs).In the afternoon debates will be organised with the idea to exchange thoughts and work-out the solutions for the cooperation among youth. Also, participants will be introduced to the sights of Belgrade and its night life.All successful participants will be issued a certificate and honour to become fist Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors in the Region.Program lecturers and moderators are well educated experts drawn from diplomacy, governmental institutions, universities and non-governmental organisations.EligibilityThe profile of the participants is as following:Age between 18 – 30University student, enrolled in the undergraduate or master studies or,Young professional working within public sector or,Young worker from NGOs dealing with Human Rights, European Integration or ReconciliationBe motivated and committed to contribute to the theme of the activity and its outcomesBe able to work in the official working language – EnglishBe available for the whole duration of the activityBe a resident of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina or SerbiaCostsParticipation fee is € 20 and should be paid only by selected participants on the arrival day in local currency.Selected participants will be granted a scholarship to cover the expenses of the programme, accommodation, food and public transportation. Travel costs to and from Belgrade will be reimbursed according to the YEC’s internal policy.ApplicationIf you perceive the program as a valuable education opportunity, fill the form out and submit it to the e-mail address.Application forms have to be sent to [email protected] no later than December 1, 2012 by 00:00hrs. Application forms sent after the specified deadline will not be considered.Results will be published via Youth Education Committee web by December 5, 2012 by 00:00hrs. The selected candidates have to confirm their presence by December 7, no later than 17:00hrs. If there is a need interviews with some/all of the candidates will be organised on December 2 via SKYPE. Information package with the precise program details and materials will be given only to the selected participants.Working language shall be English.Youth Education Committee is a non-governmental organisation seated in Belgrade. It aims at compensating for the critical gaps made within the system of formal education: this system contributes to the authoritarian society and obstructs development of critical thinking. Therefore the organisation strives to provide the youth in Serbia proper informal education, as well as to address long-term analysis of the formal, evaluate changes and give recommendations to the institutions responsible. The goal of the Youth Education Committee is to equip young people with enough knowledge and skills to ensure their active role in society.Members of the Youth Education Committee are young and skilful enthusiasts’ graduates and university students who are determined to invest their time, knowledge and energy into making a greater future. Regardless of their political and social background, they are united in struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights. on November 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm on November 13, 2012 at 7:53 am Log in to Reply on November 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm By Mladiinfo says: International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia By Mladiinfo says: Hi, my passport is outdated, and it wont arrive in time (by december 1st deadline) so what can I do?I was an exchange student to USA, engaged in multiple activities and conferences in this region, on this and similar topics. I would really like to be part of this because I like new experiences and also feel that I could contribute to this with my knowledge, ideas and experiences. Tweet 8 thoughts on “Call For Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors, Serbia” Contact the organizers Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1 Similar Stories November 8, 2012 Published by Site Default Log in to Reply Dear Sir/Madam, please can you inform me if the accomoditation is paid by the organization? Thank you in advance. Best, Anja By Muhamed says: Log in to Reply Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Traineeships →last_img read more

Carson Fellowships for International Scholars in Munich, Germany

first_img Reddit +1 LinkedIn 0 Pocket Share 0 Similar Stories April 28, 2014 Published by daniel Tweet Deadline: 31 May 2014Open to:  scholars from around the globe from any disciplineFellowship: determined and negotiated on an individual basisDescriptionThe Rachel Carson Center (RCC) is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). One of its primary goals is the internationalization of the humanities. Therefore, bringing scholars from different parts of the world to Munich is at the very core of the center’s activities. The fellowships cover periods ranging from three to twelve months. Fellowships can also be broken up into separate three month periods. The length of the fellowship is determined individually for each fellow and depends both on the fellows’ needs and on funding availability. Fellowships are very competitive. At least two committees review each application. The selection of fellows is based on the strength of his or her proposal. Other factors, however, such as diversity of the disciplines, the range of national backgrounds, the coherence of the group, and gender balance are also taken into account.EligibilityThe Center will award fellowships to scholars from around the globe and from a variety of disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should preferably pertain to one of the topics that will be at the core of the 2014–15 research agenda:Transformation of Landscapes;Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements;Resource Use and Conservation.FellowshipFellowship funding is determined and negotiated on an individual basis between each fellow and the directors. The amount depends on numerous factors, including the fellow’s current salary level,  their level of experience, the number of people accompanying the fellow (partners, family members), the duration of the fellowship, and the continuation of funding from their home institution. Fellows can either keep their salary or they receive their own separate fellowship. Initially, fellows will be asked to classify themselves and make a suggestion for fellowship funding based on their current situation.The Carson Center will pay for a flight ticket to Munich (second class railway, economy class flight) for each fellow. If family members accompany the fellow for a period of at least three months, their travel costs will also be covered.It may serve as a point of orientation that the gross basic income of a chair at Bavarian universities is 64,000 euro, that of a tenured associate professor is around 52,000 euro, and that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book publications) is 46,000 euro per annum.ApplicationThe deadline for applications for the 2014-15 fellowship  is 31 May 2014.Applications should be submitted electronically in one pdf file via e-mail to [email protected] The following information must be included:curriculum vitae;cover letter;project description;research schedule for the fellowship period;names/contact information of three scholars who might serve as references.Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by mid-August 2014.For further information, please visit the official website. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Carson Fellowships for International Scholars in Munich, Germany ← Tech Awards for Innovators Patagonia’s Environmental Grant Programme →last_img read more

Workshop for Bloggers on Digital Storytelling in Ukraine

first_img LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. May 13, 2016 Published by Gorica Live Blog Initiative: Open Source Tool for Journalism Become Web Resident and get USD 500 → Blogging – A Smart Way to Your Employability Workshop for Bloggers on Digital Storytelling in Ukraine Pocket Redditcenter_img Tweet Similar Stories The Schwarzkopf Stiftung Travel Grants for Youth 2017 +1 Deadline:22 May 2016Open to: bloggers and online activists from European countries, especially from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian FederationVenue: 31 July – 7 August 2016 Odessa, UkraineDescriptionThe German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) together with Sourcefabric and n-ost, welcome you to take part in a 6-day workshop in Odessa, Ukraine, from 31 July – 7 August 7, 2016. Shift. Shape. Mobilize. is a network for bloggers and online activists from Europe. In 2016 the workshop is throwing light on TRUE LIES.All over Europe societies are becoming polarized. People seeking clear answers face masses of information that may or may not be reliable. Where does truth end and populism or propaganda begin? Is it a lie to leave out details or rip a quote out of its context? In times of systematic misinformation these are more than philosophical questions. It is nothing new to notice that a single statistical dataset can be used for contrary interpretations and arguments. But propaganda, which was easier to disregard when it came only via state media, now attacks from all angles. Debunking a troll takes skills in identifying biased presentation, tendentious phrasing, and other manipulations hidden under a reputable or harmless surface.EligibilityBloggers and online activists from different European countries. Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation are especially welcome. Selection will be made in line with gender and geographical balance. You are:Actively blogging or regularly posting in social media on sociopolitical topics, either by directly addressing social, political, economic or environmental issues in your country or in Europe, or by addressing them in an artistic way, such as photography, comics, music, artistic actions and campaigns, etc.;Proficient in English (the workshop will be conducted in English);Available to attend the workshop in full, from July 31 (arrival) to August 7 (departure) in Odessa, Ukraine.CostsAll costs will be covered by the organizers of the event, including travel to / from Odessa, visa, accommodation, meals and all materials to be used during the workshop.How to apply?Interested candidates are invited to apply by filling the application form in English. Deadline for applying is 22 May 2016.For more information please visit the official website. Share 0 ← University of Copenhagen PhD Scholarship in Food Sciencelast_img read more

Global Management of Social Issues Scholarship

first_img ← Project Research Associate at ECMI February 9, 2017 Published by emmanuel Global Management of Social Issues Scholarship Reddit Share 0 MOOC: EU-Russia Relations → Tweet Pocketcenter_img Deadline: 1 May 2017Open to: candidates having unconditional offer or admittedScholarship: consist of a monthly allowance for living expensesDescriptionTilburg University contributes to solving social issues. University achieves this mainly by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organisations Quality of education, social orientation, and an active campus feeling form the basis of university’s education and the scholarships are available to pursue the undergraduate programme.EligibilityTo qualify for the Scholarship you must fulfil the following criteria, in addition to the regular requirements for admission to the Bachelor’s program;Candidates must have been (unconditionally) admitted to the Bachelor’s program in Global Management of Social Issues for the academic year 2017-2018;Candidates must be newly enrolled students at Tilburg University;Applicants must give the Proof of English proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge Proficiency.ScholarshipScholarships will consist of a monthly allowance for living expenses (a total amount of 10,000 Euro per year for three years), arranged by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Scholarship of 10, 000 Euro per year (during the entire period of study of three years). Total 30, 000 Euro’s will be awarded.How to Apply?Students who have a non-Dutch educational background If you are applying based on a VWO diploma, regardless of your nationality, they refer you to their application page for Dutch students.Please note that you will need to apply and register in two different systems:MySAS, Tilburg University’s online application system;Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for admission to higher education;Since an application in both systems is necessary, when you start working on your application, they encourage you to register in both systems right away.For more information please visit the official web page Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1 PhD in Sociology, The Netherlands LinkedIn 0 Similar Stories last_img read more

Summer German Language Courses

first_img Social Business Challenge Munich Similar Stories Deadline: 20 March 2017Open to: students and young academics from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and UkraineCost: course fee, accommodation and a food allowanceDescriptionStudents and young academics from Central, Eastern- and Southeastern Europe are invited to apply for Summer School Grants at the University of Regensburg. These scholarships are available for pursuing summer courses of the German language in Bavaria. BAYHOST is the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.They promote academic exchange between Bavaria and countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe including Russia. The University of Regensburg is a public research university located in the medieval city of Regensburg, Bavaria, a city that listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.EligibilityStudents and young academics from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine with basic German knowledge (at least A2-level) are eligible to apply for the summer school grants for the German language in BavaCostThe scholarships include the course fee, accommodation and a food allowance at a Bavarian University.How to Apply?Apply using the online application form and submit the following documents by Post;Letter of motivation concerning your participation in a German language course in Bavaria (1-2 pages, in German or English); A tabular CV in German or English with a recent photo;Proof of previous exams and grades (i.e. an overview of your grades, e.g. university transcript);Proof that you are currently enrolled/employed at a university in your home country (i.e. copy of current transcript or student ID/copy of your working contract); A photocopy of your passport or ID-card;Proof of German proficiency of at least A2-level (any certificate/letter proving your German knowledge will be sufficient); Optional: proof of internships or voluntary work (These documents are not obligatory, but it would be good to include them if you have such an experience.);Please do not send the originals of these documents, but copies only. You do not need to have them translated or certified legally.Please send your documents to the following address:BAYHOST, Stichwort:”Sommersprachkursbewerbung“ UNIVERSITÄTSSTR. 31 93053 REGENSBURG DEUTSCHLANDApplication documents sent to them by fax or email will not be considered!More information on the official website Summer German Language Courses Share 0 February 28, 2017 Published by emmanuel +1 Pocket Tweetcenter_img Reddit ← Global Cultural Leadership Programme 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Summer School Grants for Students and Young Academics from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe Scholarships for German Language Courses LinkedIn 0 European Cinema and Media Studies Essay Prize →last_img read more

Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarship 2020/2021 at the University of Groningen

first_img +1 Deadline: 1 December 2020Open to: nationals of developing countries who have obtained conditional admission to the program of choice at University of GroningenBenefits: fully fundedDescriptionApplications are invited for the Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarship 2020/2021 for Master’s Study at University of Groningen. The grant is awarded for a 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme. The Eric Bleumink Fund awards scholarships to talented students from developing countries.Since 2000, the year the fund was started, the EBF handed out more than seventy scholarships. This means more than seventy young, ambitious and very talented people were able to follow an additional study at the University of Groningen. Here they were introduced to an academic culture, libraries and international contacts they are often lacking in their homelandEligibilityCandidates for the Eric Bleumink Fund should:Have obtained conditional admission to the program of choiceHave excellent academic performance, preferably to be confirmed by letters of recommendationHave excellent grades during their bachelor/undergraduate studiesHave excellent English language proficiency, in accordance with the admission requirements of the program of choiceBe available for the whole period of the programme and be able to take part in the entire programmeBe in good health, so that health insurance in the Hold the nationality of a country appearing in Appendix 1.Have no other means of financing the study in questionBenefitsThe grant is awarded for a 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme.The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. Please note that a considerable number of students apply for this scholarship each year, whereas the University can issue only a limited number of grants.How to apply? For more information and to apply, please visit this website. September 16, 2020 Published by sihana Reddit Pocket Similar Stories Tweet ← The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2020 2021 World of WearableArt Awards Competition → Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarship 2020/2021 at the University of Groningen The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021 Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program Share 0 TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science LinkedIn 0last_img read more

Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers 2021

first_img TÜBİTAK Scholarship Grant for PhD & Postdoctoral Study February 18, 2021 Published by gvantsa Reddit Similar Stories Tweet BAN KI-MOON SCHOLARSHIP → Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Assistants at CIMMYT Pocket Fellowship Programme for PhD and Post-doctoral Researchers in Turkey Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers 2021 ← International Mathematical Union – Abel Visiting Scholar Program 2021 +1 Deadline: 22 March 2021Open to: Researchers with outstanding performanceBenefits: Cash prizesDESCRIPTIONThis annual award, which began in 2007, is organized and presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). Its purpose is to increase motivation among young researchers contributing to research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and related industries in developing regions, which is promoted by Japan for the benefit of those countries. It is open for researchers who have shown:outstanding performance in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or related industries for a developing region, and who show great promiseoutstanding achievements in research and development that will lead to future technological innovation in agriculture, forestry, fisheries or related industries for a developing area, and who show great promiseELIGIBILITYShould be researchers who have the nationality of a developing country and/or territory, and belong to a non-Japanese research institute or a non-Japanese universityShould be under the age of 40 (as of January 1, 2021)Should be engaged in research and development in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related industries in developing regions, including the food industry sector and the field of environmentMust be able to attend the commendation ceremony in Japan, 2021** The method of holding the commendation ceremony will be decided after taking into consideration the coronavirus infection status.BENEFITSThe researchers will be invited to Japan to attend the commendation ceremony and accept their awards and cash gifts (US$5,000 will be given per awardee).HOW TO APPLYFor more information please visit the official website. LinkedIn 0 Share 0last_img read more

Related marketing Neiman’s Hudson Yards store as office

first_imgNeiman Marcus at Hudson Yards (Getty, iStock)With Neiman Marcus in bankruptcy, the Related Companies is marketing the department store’s space at the Hudson Yards mall to office tenants.Related and co-developer Oxford Properties are marketing Neiman’s 190,000 square feet and other retail space as office use, according to Business Insider. In total, the developers put 380,000 square feet at the top of the mall — or roughly 40 percent of the shopping complex — on the market.A representative for Related declined to comment to Business Insider and a spokesperson for Oxford did not respond.Read more Neiman Marcus bankruptcy could spell doom for Hudson Yards” Related’s CEO talks Hudson Yards and “complicated” projects Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy The move is a remarkable change in strategy for Related and Oxford, which once considered the retail component to be the most valuable aspect of their $25 billion Hudson Yards megaproject.The developers spent $80 million building out the store for Neiman, which they used as an anchor to lure other retail tenants. Related and Oxford developed the adjacent office towers and sold some of those spaces off at-cost, figuring they would drive value at the development by filling the office towers with workers who would shop at the mall.But the city’s retail market had suffered in the years since Related and Oxford hashed out plans for the complex, and the coronavirus shut down has made matters worse.Neiman filed for bankruptcy earlier last month. [Business Insider] – Rich Bockmann Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsHudson YardsNeiman MarcusOxford Properties GroupRelated Companieslast_img read more

TikTok, Clarice: Why the government’s moves against Chinese firms could hurt real estate

first_imgTagsChinese investmentDonald TrumpWeChat Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Trump’s crackdown on TikTok and WeChat could further chill Chinese investment in U.S. real estate.Daniel Chang’s phone wouldn’t stop lighting up.It was the night of Aug. 6, shortly after President Trump signed an executive order banning the ubiquitous Chinese social media platform WeChat. Chang, a prominent broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, said his longtime Chinese clients rushed to swap phone numbers and email addresses, worried they would lose contact.“A lot of people cannot fanqiang using a VPN,” he said, using the term for scaling the “Great Firewall” of China. “If you’ve lost WeChat, you’ve lost everything.”For all its problems, the U.S. has historically been considered one of the safest major markets for business, with a robust legal system and a government that’s stayed out of the way of private enterprise. Those same factors made it a top global destination for real estate investors. But the Trump administration’s unprecedented crackdown on WeChat coupled with its recent efforts to force a sale of TikTok could have a chilling effect across several industries, according to experts.“This is an administration that believes in what economists call ‘managed trade.’ That is, instead of letting the market decide things, we should regulate,” said Bill Reinsch, a trade expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “The message is, “we want you to do things our way and we want you to promise to do things our way.’”The moves could further dampen Chinese interest in U.S. real estate, notably on two crucial fronts: wealthy individuals who use WeChat to find and invest in U.S. residential property and Chinese institutional investors and lenders who have pumped billions of dollars of debt and equity into the local market.“If you’ve lost WeChat, you’ve lost everything.”Daniel Chang, Sotheby’s International Realty“Foreign investors are used to thinking about political risks when operating in developing countries with weak legal institutions and rule of law,” Brookings Institution fellow Geoffrey Gertz wrote on Aug. 7. The TikTok and WeChat bans, Gertz wrote, suggest that “political risk should be a core concern for any global company attempting to operate across the U.S.-China divide.”Key moneyThe White House says TikTok and WeChat – which are used by an estimated 2 billion people worldwide – are national security threats. After Trump signed executive orders banning the apps, Peter Navarro, the White House director of trade policy said the apps had put Americans in “the crosshairs of an Orwellian regime.”“It’s 10 p.m.,” Navarro quipped. “Does the Chinese Community Party know where your children are at?”Trump, ever the real estate operative, has also characterized TikTok in industry terms and argued the U.S. government should get a cut of sale proceeds. “It’s a bit like the landlord-tenant,” he said on Aug. 3. “Without a lease, the tenant has nothing. So they pay what’s called key money, or they pay something.” (New York real estate observers would have noted the irony of this phrasing, given that TikTok signed one of the city’s largest new office leases in May at the Durst Organization’s Times Square tower.)Trade experts warned that the president’s actions suggest a U.S. hostile to international business. The bans, Eurasia Group’s Paul Triolo told CNN, represent an “unprecedented intervention by the U.S. government in the consumer technology sector.”“Does the Chinese Community Party know where your children are at?” – Peter Navarro, White House trade adviserTikTok slammed Trump’s executive order as setting a “dangerous precedent” and undermining “global businesses’ trust in the United States ” (On Aug. 27, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned, reasoning that “the role that I signed up for — including running TikTok globally — will look very different as a result of the U.S. administration’s action to push for a selloff of the U.S. business.”)Nobody knowsThe U.S.-China trade war has already taken a big toll on commercial real estate.Chinese investment in U.S. real estate hit a high in 2016, when investors poured $19.5 billion into commercial property deals, according to Real Capital Analytics. But Beijing’s strict capital controls, enacted late that year, put an end to record deals that included Anbang Insurance Group’s $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf-Astoria in 2014, HNA Group’s $2.2 billion buy of 245 Park Avenue and Fosun International’s $725 million purchase of 28 Liberty in 2013.(Click to enlarge)Last year, Chinese investment in U.S. real estate plummeted to $827 million and Chinese firms are now racing to sell their U.S. assets under pressure from Beijing. In 2019, Chinese investors sold more than $20 billion worth of real estate, according to Real Capital Analytics.The under-fire Anbang, for example, has put its portfolio of luxury hotels on the market, while HNA is unwinding assets acquired during a $50 billion spending spree. Last month, Dalian Wanda Group agreed to sell its 90 percent stake in Chicago’s Vista Tower in Chicago for $270 million.Observers said the Trump administration is looking to hurt China where it is most vulnerable. The president proposed new sanctions on Hong Kong in July, after China moved to revoke the city’s special status, which had allowed it to function as an international banking hub.The forced sale of TikTok — could start impacting that flow of capital.” Alex Foshay, Newmark Knight Frank“There were holes in the system, where Chinese families and even companies could move money to Hong Kong and set up Hong Kong entities that they could invest real estate through,” said one Chinese lender.The Hong Kong conduit is now in question, and the lender said no one knows how far the U.S. government will go to hamper Chinese and Hong Kong financial institutions, including banks. “You could wake up and they could say you have to stop doing new business as a bank,” the lender said.Alex Foshay, head of international capital markets at Newmark Knight Frank, said Chinese bank lending could be the “other shoe that has yet to drop,” said In 2019, mainland Chinese banks loaned $4.2 billion on commercial real estate deals including $2.3 billion in New York City, NKF data show. Year to date, banks have loaned just $1.73 billion, primarily on New York deals.“Chinese lending has continued to be very aggressive in recent years,” Foshay said. “The current trade war — and more specifically, the forced sale of TikTok — could start impacting that flow of capital.”The lender source disputed that scenario, pointing out that Chinese banks in the U.S. are funded locally. Beijing also likes the optics of Chinese banks doing business around the world.“It’s a marketing statement to say, ‘We have a global financial powerhouse,’” the lender said.Message not deliveredThe WeChat ban is not just a political headache. It’s also a serious logistical and communications one.“WeChat is almost like an addiction, it’s a necessity of life for anyone from China,” said the Chinese lender, who noted that even banks rely on the social network as an important back channel.“Compared to all the other attacks on China, it’s on the mechanical side of communication,” said RCA’s Jim Costello.For that reason, the ban has big implications beyond real estate. “It would practically shut down communication between the U.S. and China,” Graham Webster, a China expert at think tank New America, told Bloomberg.In an Aug. 11 call with White House officials, more than a dozen major U.S. corporations including Apple, Goldman Sachs and Ford, said the ban would undermine their competitiveness. “For those who don’t live in China, they don’t understand how vast the implications are if American companies aren’t allowed to use it,” Craig Allen, president of the U.S.-China Business Council, told the Wall Street Journal.For many would-be property investors, the uncertainty of whether WeChat really will be banned is harrowing. Reinsch predicted many will sit on the sidelines until after the November presidential election. But Costello pointed out that the ban could also hurt investors who already own assets in the U.S.“Managing those assets and communicating with service providers, customers, and investment partners all happens on WeChat,” he said.According to Sotheby’s Chang, many clients are testing other apps — iMessage, QQ, AliPay, WhatsApp, Line and Telegram.Chang said he’s concerned about record retention, since he stores some proprietary information on WeChat. But the thing he fears most is the loss of market intelligence. For instance, although institutional investors have already pulled back, parents of Chinese college students who don’t want them living in dorms during Covid are still interested in the residential market.“I see what the Chinese people are posting, or not posting,” Chang said. “That’s what I’ll miss.”—Kevin Sun contributed reporting.last_img read more