Chinese Economy

Low inflation boosts stimulus hopes in China

The mainland's annual consumer inflation stayed near a five-year low in October, further evidence of an economic slowdown. Photo: Reuters

The mainland's annual consumer inflation remained near a five-year low in October at 1.6 per cent, further evidence that the economy is cooling and reinforcing expectations that authorities will roll out more measures to support growth.

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014, 5:33am

China's growth in exports and imports slows, adding to signs of fragility

Growth in trade slows, adding to signs of fragility

Annual growth in China's exports and imports slowed in October, reinforcing signs of fragility in the world's second-largest economy that could prompt policymakers to roll out more stimulus measures.

9 Nov 2014 - 5:26am 15 comments

People's Bank of China warns of rising economic risks as it pledges to fine-tune policies

The People's Bank of China used a new instrument called a medium-term lending facility for liquidity injection in the past two months to lower borrowing costs.

The People's Bank of China has warned that downside risks in the mainland economy may intensify, while adding that it would use flexible tools to maintain proper liquidity and credit growth.

7 Nov 2014 - 3:35pm 10 comments

Guangxi offers cash to encourage investments

Guangxi's growth in the first nine months was 8.3 per cent.

Guangxi province is offering a cash payment to companies that invest money raised abroad locally as it seeks to meet its annual growth target without taking on new debt itself, officials familiar with the matter said.

6 Nov 2014 - 6:08am

Signs of slowdown in China point to more easing

There are signs that the mainland economy is losing further momentum heading into the fourth quarter as a cooling property market weighs on activity. Photo: Bloomberg

Growth in the mainland's services sector weakened further last month as new business cooled, reinforcing signs of a gradual slowdown in the economy that could prod the government to unveil fresh stimulus measures.

6 Nov 2014 - 5:49am

More signs of mainland growth momentum slowing

The mainland economy is having a weak start to the fourth quarter, with the latest indicators pointing to cooling demand. Photo: AP

The mainland economy lost further momentum heading into the fourth quarter as a cooling property market weighed on activity and export demand softened, surveys showed, putting Beijing's official growth target for the year at even greater risk.

5 Nov 2014 - 8:28am 8 comments

China GDP forecast to hit 24-year low of 7.4pc

The economists said expansion for all of this year was likely to cool to 7.4 per cent, the slowest pace since 1990.

With the mainland's economic growth likely to sink this year to its slowest pace in 24 years, economists expect Beijing to cut next year's growth target to 7 per cent.

3 Nov 2014 - 4:59am

China's economic metamorphosis is incomplete

Total Chinese debt is 251 per cent of gross domestic product at the end of June

I am a second-generation immigrant. My daughters speak Putonghua - one serves a small non-governmental organisation in Beijing. It is absolutely in my interest for the Chinese economy to do well.

31 Oct 2014 - 6:05am 1 comment

World Bank urges Beijing to phase out hard economic targets

The World Bank wants to see more reforms in China's labour market, saying that reforms on a number of fronts can boost the country's economic growth potential. Photo: Reuters

Beijing should phase out hard economic targets to focus more on tackling its key structural reform challenges over the next few years, the World Bank said yesterday as it released its China economic update.

30 Oct 2014 - 4:51am

Time to put economy to new reform index test

Premier Li Keqiang says GDP is within a reasonable range.

Last Tuesday, the mainland reported that its economy grew at its slowest pace in more than five years. The third-quarter result of 7.3 per cent raised new concerns over the country's economic prospects..

27 Oct 2014 - 7:07am

Policymakers should put trust in private sector

Premier Li Keqiang has made it clear that amid a push for structural reforms aimed at sustainable economic expansion, the government would regard GDP growth around 7.5 per cent as acceptable.

When the global economy faces a crisis of confidence in growth, underwhelming data from the mainland does nothing to lift the gloom.

27 Oct 2014 - 12:01pm

China's growth in 'reasonable range', Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli tells Apec

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said the mainland's economic growth stayed in a reasonable range in the first three quarters of this year. Photo: Simon Song

Mainland leaders expressed comfort with the slower economic growth and played down predictions of the economy emerging as the world's biggest this year.

23 Oct 2014 - 7:55am

Trade still key to China's economy despite attempts at rebalancing

Imports declined 2.4 per cent year on year in August and rebounded 7 per cent last month, in a sign that demand is far from stable.

Despite the emphasis on consumption, economists expect trade to remain important to the mainland's economy, doubling by 2020 from the current 4 trillion yuan (HK$5.06 trillion) even though the current trade outlook remains shaky.

22 Oct 2014 - 5:21am

Decline in foreign reserves fuels talk of outflows in China

Mainland banks issued 857.2 billion yuan worth of new yuan loans last month after credit supply tumbled in July. Photo: Bloomberg

A rare decline in the mainland's foreign-exchange reserves has triggered speculation about capital outflows, while a rebound in new yuan loans extended by mainland banks suggests an easing of domestic monetary conditions.

17 Oct 2014 - 5:07am

Chinese companies facing capital spending crunch

Slower spending by firms underscores the challenges of containing an economic slowdown set to be its worst in 24 years. Photo: AFP

Mainland companies are on a pace to cut capital spending by around 7 per cent this year, the biggest annual reduction since the global financial crisis, deepening an economic chill.

17 Oct 2014 - 4:34am