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  1. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Mainland consumers more pessimistic this month

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:33am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Consumer mood dip highlights China fragility Consumer sentiment on the mainland became more pessimistic in August as confidence about ... that a record number of cities- 64 out of 70- reported a drop in new home prices last month. The State Council has vowed to push down financing costs to spur demand. Economists say accelerated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581060/mainland-consumers-more-pessimistic-month
  2. 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 growth Premier Li Keqiang has resisted calls for a strong stimulus despite the mainland's economy expanding at its slowest pace since 2012. The State Council, at a meeting chaired by Li ...

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

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

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

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Report lists six key issues in mainland push to have 60pc of population live in urban areas Study urges priority on land reforms Beijing must put land reforms at the top of its agenda to turn more rural people into city dwellers, a joint study on the mainland's new urbanisation model launched by the World Bank ...

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

    Beijing 'will do everything' to maintain Hong Kong's economic might, Li vows

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 02:37pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... remain steadfast, Premier Li Keqiang said as he vowed Beijing would “do everything” to help maintain the territory’s economic status. He pledged the government’s support to the city – a sometimes ... and the opening up of China,” he said. “Under the process of deepening reforms, Hong Kong will have more development opportunities.” The premier also cited the city’s ability to weather the global ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447754/beijing-will-do-everything-maintain-hong-kongs-economic-power-li-vows
  5. 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

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Slide of the city's embattled property sector provides policymakers with a sobering view of what can happen when speculators take control Wenzhou a study of a market in mayhem The mainland coastal city of Wenzhou is a sobering case study of what happens when home prices fluctuate out of control, and why it is necessary to crack down ...

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

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

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

    ... this year. The government has announced plans for a dozen new free-trade zones in Shanghai and other cities with promises of easing restrictions on business. But such changes will take time to show ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1419461/effort-build-nation-consumers-meets-resistance-budget-minded
  7. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Hi-tech industry helps Shenzhen beat GDP goal

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:56am by He Huifeng

    ... Shenzhen's economic growth exceeded the city's target last year, largely thanks to investments in information technology and other hi-tech industries, according to a government work report due to be delivered to the municipal people's congress today. Mayor Xu Qin will tell delegates that the city's economy grew by 10.5 per cent last year compared with 2012. Xu early last year set ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1411321/hi-tech-industry-helps-shenzhen-beat-gdp-goal
  8. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Market opening to see more rivalry, benefits

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Victoria Ruan, Enoch Yiu

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing and Enoch Yiu Services industry expected to steal focus as Beijing pledges to allow wider access for foreign investors Market opening to see more rivalry, benefits Beijing's pledge to open its markets wider to foreign investors may bring opportunities for those seeking to enter the mainland economy, with the services industry set to gain more attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1367404/market-opening-see-more-rivalry-benefits
  9. 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

    ... measures," Pak said. In its latest attempt to contain prices, the Beijing city government said last Wednesday it planned to supply 20,000 "self-use" flats- meant for the owner to live in and not hold as an investment- this year and another 50,000 next year. The homes will be 30 per cent cheaper than flats in surrounding areas. Since the announcement, which the Beijing city government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1342986/beijings-move-supply-affordable-homes-unlikely-curb-prices
  10. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: The Lost Generation, by Michel Bonnin

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 05:07pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... is about one of the most extraordinary experiments in human history: Mao Zedong's decision to send 17 million young Chinese from the cities to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. ... the standard work on the subject. Mao's decision was based on political and ideological reasons: he wanted to disperse the Red Guards from the cities and prolong the revolution by launching a new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1334564/book-review-lost-generation-michel-bonnin

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