|Headquarters||China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre, Hong Kong.|
|Revenue||303,784,000,000 renminbi (2018)|
China Merchants Group Limited (招商局集团, Zhaoshangju Jituan) is a multinational state-owned corporation of People's Republic of China. The company offers freight forwarding, professional logistics, port transportation, and other services. China Merchants Group also serves real estate, financial, insurance, and other businesses worldwide.
China Merchants Steam Navigation Company was a transportation company founded on December 16, 1872, by then Minister of Beiyang Li Hongzhang as part of the Self-Strengthening Movement during the late Qing dynasty. Its purpose was to capture part of the international trade, which had been virtually monopolized by foreign companies based in Treaty ports. Eighty percent of the start-up capital was provided by native Chinese, making this the first transportation company using modern technology not based on foreign ownership. It obtained government support when it received a monopoly contract to carry the tribute grain from the Yangzi Valley to the capital, as well as loans from government sources and monopoly rights that precluded the founding of rival Chinese steamship companies. It remained one of the four most prominent shipping companies in China between the 1880s and World War II. However it grew more slowly than foreign firms because a government official Sheng Xuanhuai (1844–1916) became its director-general in 1885. He allowed corruption and payoffs, and diverted funds to other enterprises.
The company split due to the Chinese Civil War. In 1949, the company's head office was transferred together with the Republic of China government from the mainland to Taiwan. The Taipei-based CMSNC merged with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation on July 1, 1995. Meanwhile, the People's Republic of China retained ownership of some of the company's ships and of the Hong Kong subsidiary, and allowed the latter to retain its name (China Merchants Steam Navigation Company Limited) to avoid legal disputes.
At the beginning of the Reform and Opening era, Yuan Geng became the Vice Chairman of CMG in October 1978 and used it to create the Shekou Industrial Zone. Yuan Geng later led the creation of China Merchants Bank in 1986.
The company currently owns:
- China Merchants Holdings (International) (SEHK: 144) (55.4%)
- China Merchants Holdings (Pacific) (SGX: C22) (CMHI holds 78.41%)
- China Nanshan Development (Group) Corporation (CMHI holds 37% as major shareholder, government is the ultimate shareholder)
- Shekou Container Terminals Limited (CMHI holds 80% directly, 20% holds by Modern Terminals Limited)
- Modern Terminals Limited (CMHI holds 27% as 2nd largest shareholder)
- China Merchants Shenzhen Xunlong Shipping Co. Ltd
- China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., Ltd. (wholly subsidiary)
- China Merchants Technology (100% owned)
- China Merchants Energy Shipping(SSE: 601872) (54.1%)
- Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping (wholly subsidiary of CM Energy Shipping)
- Hua Jiang Transportation Economic Development Center (wholly subsidiary)
- China Merchants Fiancee Holdings (wholly subsidiary)
- China Merchants Industry Holdings (wholly subsidiary)
- Hoi Tung Marine Machinery Suppliers (wholly subsidiary)
- China Communications Import & Export Corporation (wholly subsidiary)
- China Merchants Chongqing Communications Research & Design Institute Co., Ltd. (wholly subsidiary)
- China Merchants Zhangzhou Development Zone (78%)
- China Merchants Securities (51.72%)
- Hua Bei Expressway
- Sinotrans&CSC Holdings
- Sinotrans Limited (formerly China National Foreign Trade Transportation (Group) Corporation)
- China Changjiang National Shipping (Group) Corporation (CSC)
- Sinotrans Shipping (directly held, not via former parent Sinotrans&CSC)
- International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd.
- China Merchants Bank (18%)
- "Contact Us Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine." China Merchants Group. Retrieved on November 8, 2011. "Head Office Address: 40/F., China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Rd., C., Hong Kong" - Address in Chinese Archived 2011-11-19 at the Wayback Machine: "香港 中环 干諾道168-200號信德中心招商局大廈39-40樓"
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