Township and Village Enterprises

Capital squeeze sows seeds of discontent

China's famous township and village enterprises are being squeezed by a shortage of capital which is helping to depress incomes amid warnings of an impending rural crisis.

Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 12:00am

Shunde finds key to industrial success

It has been an era of remarkable achievement for Shunde, the once sleepy rural community of one million people 30 kilometres south of Guangzhou.

5 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Slump in countryside deepens as bubble bursts for rural enterprises

Mainland experts may claim the economy has bottomed out but the China Economic Times says township and village enterprises are stumbling deeper into trouble.

Once hailed as a key part of China's 'economic miracle', such enterprises appeared to come out of nowhere and took off in the 1980s absorbing more than 80 million surplus rural labourers.

27 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Township industries key to rural stability

All local governments have been ordered to improve the overall quality of township enterprises to maintain a stable rural job market and promote the rural economy.

The order came in a circular from the State Council.

17 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Township enterprises face strict pollution controls

China is threatening to enforce strict pollution controls in the fastest-growing sector of its economy, though officials concede 'huge losses' may result.

Authorities yesterday said new pollution checks would be imposed on township enterprises, a collection of 23 million locally-owned mines, mills and factories credited with driving the nation's industrial reforms.

13 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Stricter controls planned to tame rural industries

Beijing is trying to tighten controls on China's booming rural industries 18 years after Deng Xiaoping's reforms allowed them to run riot.

The National People's Congress (NPC) has started to debate the country's first law governing so-called township enterprises.

12 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Wayward enterprises to face stringent controls

China has drafted a law to tighten control over township enterprises which have allegedly strayed from central government edicts.

The bill was yesterday submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for deliberation.

24 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

A model of reform for state firms

CHINA'S fast-growing township and village enterprises can offer a solution to the formidable task of reforming the moribund state sector, according to Credit Lyonnais Securities.

In November, the brokerage pioneered a four-day visit to Suzhou and Wuxi in Jiangsu province, one of the three major areas for the booming enterprises.

8 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Rules for town enterprises near to final shape

CHINA will finalise its first set of laws governing township enterprises this year, according to a senior Ministry of Agriculture official.

There has been controversy about the law for 11 years because of the belief that the establishment of township enterprises were transitional in China's development of a market economy.

16 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Main focus shifts to preserving stability

THE central Government is putting more restrictions on the fast-growing private sector as the focus of economic policy shifts from market reform to preserving stability.

The new regulations were formulated at a recent national conference on the private economy, which was not reported by the mainland media.

10 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Township enterprises reach critical point

FUJIAN province has a relatively developed township and village enterprise system. Indeed, based on a recent trip to Quanzhou and Shihu, I believe township and village enterprises are now at a critical juncture in their development.

26 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Goliath of industry buckles

THERE is a ''war'' going on in China.

On one side is the state-owned sector. This is the ''Goliath'' of Chinese industry, employing millions of workers. They are the core of the socialist economy, according to the constitution.

3 May 1994 - 12:00am

Rural sector faces state competition

THE future of China's most dynamic sector - rural enterprises - hangs in the balance.

A Hong Kong China News Agency report identified potential problems as weaknesses in structure, reliance on big enterprises, mismanagement, outdated technology and low-quality products.

18 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

State enterprises carry dead wood

CHINA'S runaway economy is presenting state enterprises with many hopes and opportunities. How these companies respond to change is crucial to the development of the country.

Despite the bloom of private enterprise, 90 per cent of the country's output is still generated by state-controlled firms.

28 Jun 1993 - 12:00am