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  1. Theorists at odds in anti-inflation battle

    Posted May 13th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... think the monetary policy wonks would have had enough time to work out why prices are rising and what governments should do about it. Fat chance. Even after Beijing yesterday announced ... over the causes of inflation is redundant, the argument over how to tackle price rises is as urgent as ever. So far Beijing has tried to fight inflation on both fronts. Officials have sought ...

  2. Factory output growth weakest in three years

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com The mainland's industrial output growth cooled the most in more than three years last month, a further sign that Beijing will have to prepare ... according to the statistics bureau. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.61 per cent yesterday, while the Hang Seng Index gained 1.02 per cent, amid mounting expectations Beijing will bring in more ...

  3. History warns that inflation response is too little, too late

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... policy for 2011, Beijing stressed that maintaining price stability will be its priority for next year. But after consumer prices rose 5.1 per cent over the 12 months to November, with food prices up a painful 11.7 per cent, fears are growing that once again Beijing is doing too little too late to counter mounting inflationary pressure. If Beijing is behind the curve, it would hardly ...

  4. Pressure for more stimulus measures

    Posted Jun 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the economy will bottom out from the third quarter and rebound to 8.5 per cent in the second half.' Beijing has twice this year lowered the reserve requirement ratio for banks- the fund banks must have available to make loans- to put cash into the economy, and last week cut interest rates for the first time in four years. Economists expect further reductions in both. Beijing has ...

  5. Beijing cuts lenders' reserve ratio

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... It will release up to 400 billion yuan (HK$491 billion) for additional lending. It is the third time in six months Beijing has announced a cut in the reserve ratio, and another is expected in coming ... Cinda International Holdings, said Beijing should do more than just lower reserve ratios, because demand for loans could stay slack amid slowing trade and domestic consumption. 'Pumping ...

  6. Mainland slowdown curbs HK growth

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Hong Kong registered its lowest rate of economic growth in more than two years in the first quarter, with a slowdown on the mainland having ... data, could push Beijing to speed up monetary policy loosening. 'All the readings surprised on the downside, so the markets could respond quite negatively,' said Ting Lu, China ...

  7. Beijing unlikely to change its fiscal policy

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Analysts expect this month's annual economic policy meeting to announce the continuation of what Beijing calls 'a prudent monetary ... too soon,' Wang said. Already, bank lending is rebounding following months of a credit crunch that has starved the private sector, a key producer of jobs and taxes. Beijing has also ...

  8. Making sense of Beijing's mixed-up policy signals

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... that Wednesday's cut in bank reserve requirements marks a fundamental reversal of Beijing's economic policy stance. After falling 26 per cent in the previous six months, mainland stocks listed in Hong ... belief, however, and despite the recent hard-line comments there are good reasons to think that Beijing really is executing a U-turn. As usual the policy calculus involves weighing which is likely ...

  9. Never mind the quality, just feel the growth

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... (HK$4.54 trillion) stimulus package, the announcement of targeted support plans for key industrial sectors and the recent sharp rise in lending by state banks, Beijing's resolve is on show ... a contraction. Now, with the government working so hard at the bellows, it would be surprising if we did not begin to see flames of recovery flickering in the economic data soon. Yet Beijing is following ...

  10. How to support growth without fuelling inflation

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... investment to fund, Beijing was reluctant to raise borrowing costs. So instead the authorities kept interest rates low and introduced a range of quantitative tightening measures while imposing ... in the manufacturing sector. At this point the conventional response in other markets might be to ease monetary policy by cutting interest rates. But that's not an option for Beijing. Because ...




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