adj. Describes a stock issued for a publicly-traded Chinese company.
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A lesser people would be stuffing their money into a mattress. Hong Kongers are stuffing it into Chinese companies, the so-called red-chip stocks that have been setting sales records this month.
—Marcus Gee, “Brash, booming Hong Kong,” The Globe and Mail, June 25, 1997
You would naturally imagine that companies with big investments in China (the new Hong Kong) had higher multiples than companies with property and other interests mainly in Hong Kong itself (the old Hong Kong). You will be surprised to learn that the smaller companies, among the so-called red chips, are remarkably cheap, on multiples far lower than the market average.
—Jim Slater, “The new New World,” The Independent, June 03, 1993
1992 (earliest)
Investors this week are presented with a diverse menu of five initial public offers.

At one end, the big "red chip" China Overseas Land and Investment, a subsidiary of the mainland's China State Construction and Engineering Corporation, will be tapping the market for $ 844 million.
—“Red chip leads five new issues,” South China Morning Post, August 02, 1992
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