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  1. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Premier Li Keqiang rules out strong stimulus despite weaker growth

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 11:46pm by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Reserve requirement ratio for rural banks will be cut, while tax relief for firms also on cards Li rules out strong stimulus despite weaker ... (RRR) for some rural banks and expand the scope of tax relief to private firms that create jobs. Still, the steps indicated Beijing was ready to fine-tune policies as needed in case of any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1484982/premier-li-keqiang-rules-out-strong-stimulus-despite-weaker-growth
  2. Business - Economy - CHINA

    World Bank-State Council study urges priority on China land reforms

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:29am by Victoria Ruan

    ... transactions, it said. The five other priorities are reforming the household registration, or hukou system; placing urban finances on a more sustainable footing, including levying property tax ... study was submitted to various government agencies for their reference in drafting the urbanisation plan. While many believe land reform and property tax may serve as breakthroughs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1457264/world-bank-state-council-study-urges-priority-china-land-reforms
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CHINA

    Wenzhou a case study of a property market taken over by speculators

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by Langi Chiang

    ... single-digit annual income growth. However, Wenzhou newspapers have long lists of homes to be auctioned by the courts as their former owners struggle after business failures. "It's a good buy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1430441/wenzhou-case-study-property-market-taken-over-speculators
  4. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Effort to build a nation of consumers meets resistance from budget-minded shoppers

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 04:01am by AP

    ... financial struggle highlights the hurdles that ambitious effort faces. Squeezed by higher costs and weak sales to budget-minded shoppers, Zhao said the income from his neighbourhood shop had fallen by half, to 50,000 yuan (HK$64,000) a year. "Prices are rocketing. People's incomes can hardly catch up," said Zhao, 38. "Daily necessities, yes, I still have to buy them. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1419461/effort-build-nation-consumers-meets-resistance-budget-minded
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - CHINA

    Beijing's move to supply affordable homes unlikely to curb prices: agents

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 05:06am by Langi Chiang, Yvonne Liu

    ... and Shenzhen, has been at the forefront of the battle to cool surging home prices on the mainland over the past decade. In April, it began imposing a 20 per cent capital gains tax on sales, becoming ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1342986/beijings-move-supply-affordable-homes-unlikely-curb-prices
  6. Business - Economy - CHINA

    China rating agency downgrades US sovereign credit

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 10:06am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged." Dagong The announcement came after the US Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a bill that extends the nation’s borrowing authority and ends a two-week government shutdown. “The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1334359/china-rating-agency-downgrades-us-sovereign-credit
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - CHINA

    Home-price gap between first-tier and provincial cities widens further

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... that raised the minimum down payment on second homes to 60 per cent and enforced a 20 per cent capital gains tax on existing homes. "Home prices in major cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1311740/home-price-gap-between-first-tier-and-provincial-cities
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - CHINA

    Beijing puts prime land near third ring road up for sale again at higher price

    Posted Jul 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... of rental markets. There are increasing calls from economists to change local governments' over-reliance on land sales and find a new source of fiscal income, such as property tax. Still, ... as revenues from land sales are a key source of income, even though they have been directed by the central government to increase land supply and cap home prices to keep a lid on social discontent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1274026/beijing-puts-prime-land-near-third-ring-road-sale-again
  9. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: Stumbling Giant, by Timothy Beardson

    Posted Jun 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... abuse, poor education, severe income inequality, and careless policies for Islam have created a destructive cocktail which threatens to poison the Party and the nation. "Solutions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1265842/book-review-stumbling-giant-timothy-beardson
  10. Business - Banking & Finance - CHINA

    Lending adds increasingly less to Chinese GDP, pressuring Premier Li

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... non-financial companies in the MSCI China Index, total debt over earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to 5.74 times based on the latest filings through May 28, from 2.49 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1250089/lending-adds-increasingly-less-chinese-gdp-pressuring

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