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  1. Fighting inflation the top priority, says Wen

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Premier signals price curbs and steps to boost food supply Premier Wen Jiabao has called for stern measures to tame soaring inflation and pledged to take steps to help citizens hit by the rising prices of food and daily necessities. In his government work report, delivered to the annual National People's Congress session which opened in Beijing ...

  2. Ample room for cuts to reserve ratio, says Zhou

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan says there is 'ample room' for further cuts to the reserve requirement ratio of the country's major lenders. But he stressed that any such action would be more about the central bank's management of liquidity than monetary easing. However, Zhou's comments reinforced ...

  3. Inflation rise hits hopes for monetary boost

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Mainland inflation rose higher than market expectations last month due to food price increases, reducing expectations that Beijing will ease monetary policy to bolster economic growth. The growth in the mainland's consumer price index (CPI) in the year to March reached 3.6 per cent, up from February's 3.2 per cent ...

  4. Tightening policy should stay for now, Wen says

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao says the country should resolutely continue with its tightening measures on the property market for at least the rest of the year. According to statements posted on the government's official website after a regular State Council meeting that Wen chaired on Saturday, he said local governments should strictly carry ...

  5. 5.5pc inflation triggers new bank tightening

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The mainland's central bank yesterday ordered lenders to set aside more cash as reserves, hours after new figures showed inflation had hit a near-three-year high. The half percentage point increase in the reserve requirement ratio was the sixth this year, taking it to a record 21.5 per cent for major banks. The move is intended to put ...

  6. Jump in inflation limits scope for policy easing

    Posted Feb 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Inflation on the mainland unexpectedly accelerated last month as consumer spending jumped to a three-month high during the week-long Lunar New Year holidays, limiting scope for monetary easing. The consumer price index (CPI), a key gauge of inflation, rose 4.5 per cent year-on-year in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said ...

  7. Growth still heads fight on inflation

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Mainland leaders have made the fight against inflation- conspicuously played down at a Politburo meeting last week- an economic policy priority next year at a meeting co-chaired by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. However, analysts said the three-day Central Economic Work Conference, which set economic policies for next ...

  8. Easing expected as inflation slows

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com A sharp slowdown in inflation on the mainland and the moderation of other economic indicators in November is expected to give policymakers more leeway to loosen monetary policy to promote growth. Analysts expect such measures will be announced at an annual policymaking meeting, which starts on Monday, given the performance ...

  9. Beijing puts stress on stable growth

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Beijing will maintain its economic policy next year to ensure stable growth and 'fine-tune' in light of changes in the global economy, the Politburo said after a meeting chaired by party chief Hu Jintao. The Communist Party's top leaders also pledged yesterday to maintain controls on housing prices and emphasise the stimulation ...

  10. Economic policy change upon us, ex-adviser says

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The central government is moving from fighting inflation to promoting growth, a former adviser to the People's Bank of China said yesterday as the think tank he heads forecast the weakest economic growth in more than a decade. Speaking at a briefing, Li Yang, now vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, cited recent ...




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