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Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 12:00am


Schedule of key events


News conference by Minister of Labour and Social Security Zheng Silin


National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo gives his work report, followed by those of:

Xiao Yang, president of the Supreme People's Court, and;

Chief prosecutor Jia Chunwang


8 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Economic warning signs must be heeded

The central bank chief's warning that action might be needed to dampen the mainland's 'obvious inflationary trend' has ensured that fears of overheating in the economy loom large ahead of the National People's Congress.

3 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Inflation warning by central bank

Intervention may be needed to stop overheating: governor

The central bank chief has warned that the central government may have to intervene to slow inflation on the mainland.

2 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

China will take more imports from US

Premier Wen Jiabao offers an olive branch on trade after US commerce secretary steps up the angry rhetoric

Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged China will increase its imports from the United States, in the latest conciliatory gesture to ease Washington's rising anger over the countries' ballooning trade imbalance.

29 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


Incoming People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan says the mainland authorities have acted to plug financial loopholes exploited by executives of Chinese financial institutions working overseas - including Hong Kong.

12 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Beijing acts to control financial risk

Fearful of a banking crisis, future premier Wen Jiabao has set up a new 'leading group' to control financial risk, an official newspaper reported yesterday. The government is also considering establishing a new bank regulator.

15 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Zhu to attend HK accountancy seminar next month

Premier Zhu Rongji is to visit Hong Kong next month to attend a world congress of accountants hosted by the Hong Kong Society of Accountants.

9 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Second board still on the cards

The mainland's long-delayed plan to launch a second board for high-technology firms has not been scrapped, according to a top mainland securities regulator.

China Securities Regulatory Commission chairman Zhou Xiaochuan said yesterday that the central government was committed to launching a market for tech firms but it did not know when it would do so.

14 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

State removes vice-chairman of securities commission

The State Council has removed Chen Dongzheng from the position of vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission in the latest reshuffling of senior government officials.

Mr Chen's removal was unveiled by the state-run news agency Xinhua on Tuesday. It follows a string of announcements by the State Council.

11 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Shenzhen second board in final stretch of formalities

Technical preparations for Shenzhen's second board should be completed before the end of this month, according to Zhou Xiaochuan, head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

But he refused to say when the board would begin operating, noting that the relevant regulations were awaiting final approval by the State Council.

14 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Aggressive liberalisation may shake up state-owned enterprises

Beijing is considering stepping up its aggressive programme to liberalise its fledgling stock markets, according to Standard Chartered Bank.

Allowing more public listings would put more pressure on the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to increase their accountability as well as reduce their debt, the bank said in its latest bi-monthly report.

25 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Yuan completes week of gains and points higher

The yuan yesterday rose to a year-high against the US dollar for the fifth consecutive day, and is expected to strengthen further towards the end of the year, defying earlier expectations by analysts.

It hit an intra-day high of 8.302 to the dollar on the Shanghai interbank foreign exchange market, before closing at 8.3026, against Thursday's 8.3036 close.

21 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Reshuffle of senior officials

CHINA last night announced its latest government reshuffle, appointing the former vice-governor of the People's Bank of China as deputy secretary-general of the State Council.

Zhou Zhengqing now enjoys ministerial ranking, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) announced last night.

20 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Bankers pledge to fully convert the yuan

SENIOR bankers in China have pledged to turn the national currency, the yuan, into a fully convertible unit in an effort to reverse an exodus of capital from the country.

30 May 1994 - 12:00am