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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

    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
  4. 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
  5. 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1274026/beijing-puts-prime-land-near-third-ring-road-sale-again
  6. 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
  7. Business - Economy - CHINA

    IMF warns China of risks in investment binge

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... to continue tax reform and revamp the framework for local government investment and borrowing. "It is important that local governments have accountability for the decisions they have taken, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1249332/imf-warns-risks-investment-binge
  8. News - China - CHINA

    Luxury brands still reaping big rewards in China

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 04:31pm by Ernest Kao

    ... taxes. “The profits [luxury brands] are making in the China market will scare you to death!” said Lu Xiaoming, former head of luxury label Montblanc’s China operations. Many believe China’s high ... cent value-added tax to the London price tag, it would only increase it to 3,408 yuan, according to the report, leaving a mysterious margin of 1,000 yuan. While logistics costs are known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1153131/luxury-brands-still-reaping-big-margins-china-market
  9. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Growing debt burden in mainland provinces causes concern

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 04:04pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... Fitch said. For Guangdong province and Beijing, the risk is much lower as they have more diversified tax bases and strong economic fundamentals, Fitch's Gao said. Tax, land sales ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1139307/fitch-warns-over-chinas-local-government-debt
  10. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Fears raised over huge debts involved in Beijing's infrastructure plans

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... because that would encourage local governments to borrow excessively, Bu said. "When the central government takes on debt, either taxes will go up or there will be inflation. The way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1184031/fears-raised-over-huge-debts-involved-beijings-infrastructure-plans

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