Frank Tang

Frank Tang joined the Post in 2016 after a decade of China economy coverage and government policy analysis. He is based in Beijing where he reports on China's economy and finance matters.
Frank Tang
Frank Tang joined the Post in 2016 after a decade of China economy coverage and government policy analysis. He is based in Beijing where he reports on China's economy and finance matters.

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Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials they must ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty as economy stabilises

President urges officials to redouble efforts to meet next year’s targets for tackling poverty and pollution.

23 Apr 2019 - 1:49AM

President urges officials to redouble efforts to meet next year’s targets for tackling poverty and pollution.

Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials they must ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty as economy stabilises
China’s central bank denies collecting utilities records in attempt to ease concerns over social credit system

The People’s Bank of China will seek permission from individuals before collecting their utilities records amid concerns of increasing intrusions into people’s lives.

22 Apr 2019 - 6:20PM

The People’s Bank of China will seek permission from individuals before collecting their utilities records amid concerns of increasing intrusions into people’s lives.

China’s central bank denies collecting utilities records in attempt to ease concerns over social credit system
China’s pork industry under threat as African swine fever spreads to all provinces

Island province of Hainan reports first cases of the highly contagious disease, which is deadly to pigs, as pork prices surge amid supply disruption.

22 Apr 2019 - 9:44AM

Island province of Hainan reports first cases of the highly contagious disease, which is deadly to pigs, as pork prices surge amid supply disruption.

China’s pork industry under threat as African swine fever spreads to all provinces
Chinese city Hohhot offers graduates 50 per cent off new homes to attract new talent

Inner Mongolian capital targets young talent in bid to breathe new life into its ailing economy.

22 Apr 2019 - 10:08AM

Inner Mongolian capital targets young talent in bid to breathe new life into its ailing economy.

Chinese city Hohhot offers graduates 50 per cent off new homes to attract new talent
China issues record new loans in the first quarter of 2019 as Beijing battles slowing economy amid trade war

Chinese banks issued a record US$865 billion of new loans in the first quarter of 2019.

12 Apr 2019 - 7:44PM

Chinese banks issued a record US$865 billion of new loans in the first quarter of 2019.

China issues record new loans in the first quarter of 2019 as Beijing battles slowing economy amid trade war
China’s state pension fund to run dry by 2035 as workforce shrinks due to effects of one-child policy, says study

The backbone of the country’s state pension system, which supports some 249 million people, is under threat, warns the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:17AM

The backbone of the country’s state pension system, which supports some 249 million people, is under threat, warns the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

China’s state pension fund to run dry by 2035 as workforce shrinks due to effects of one-child policy, says study
China’s tax cuts were meant to boost its slowing economy, but will they end up hurting debt-ridden regions?

Premier Li Keqiang announced reductions in value-added and personal income taxes and a lowering of the social security contribution rate in March.

11 Apr 2019 - 6:16PM

Premier Li Keqiang announced reductions in value-added and personal income taxes and a lowering of the social security contribution rate in March.

China’s tax cuts were meant to boost its slowing economy, but will they end up hurting debt-ridden regions?
China economy would be the big winner from a no-deal Brexit, UN study finds

No-deal Brexit would boost Chinese exports to the UK by US$10 billion, while US exports would rise by US$5.34 billion, the study found.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:30PM

No-deal Brexit would boost Chinese exports to the UK by US$10 billion, while US exports would rise by US$5.34 billion, the study found.

China economy would be the big winner from a no-deal Brexit, UN study finds
US needs Sputnik moment to respond to China narrowing technology gap, says think tank

Washington-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation compares China’s recent progress to the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.

10 Apr 2019 - 2:39PM

Washington-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation compares China’s recent progress to the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.

US needs Sputnik moment to respond to China narrowing technology gap, says think tank
China’s growth forecast for 2019 raised by IMF despite trade war and global downturn

International Monetary Fund sees global growth rebound in the second half of the year on easing of trade tensions and impact of economic stimulus in key countries.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:36AM

International Monetary Fund sees global growth rebound in the second half of the year on easing of trade tensions and impact of economic stimulus in key countries.

China’s growth forecast for 2019 raised by IMF despite trade war and global downturn
China pledges to remove ‘unreasonable barriers and restrictions’ to help SMEs amid trade war

The mainland government will also seek to create a level playing field for businesses, most of which are privately-owned, in terms of market entry and regulation.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:14PM

The mainland government will also seek to create a level playing field for businesses, most of which are privately-owned, in terms of market entry and regulation.

China pledges to remove ‘unreasonable barriers and restrictions’ to help SMEs amid trade war
US-China trade war will not reduce trade deficit, IMF finds, in rebuke of Donald Trump’s tariff policies

International Monetary Fund report says countries looking to reset trade imbalances should address issues in their own economies instead of implementing tariffs.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:19PM

International Monetary Fund report says countries looking to reset trade imbalances should address issues in their own economies instead of implementing tariffs.

US-China trade war will not reduce trade deficit, IMF finds, in rebuke of Donald Trump’s tariff policies
China local governments forced to rob Peter to pay Paul to honour rising debt mountain

China’s had 18.4 trillion yuan (US$2.74 trillion) worth of local government debts at the end of 2018, equivalent to 20 per cent of the nominal gross domestic product.

3 Apr 2019 - 12:10PM

China’s had 18.4 trillion yuan (US$2.74 trillion) worth of local government debts at the end of 2018, equivalent to 20 per cent of the nominal gross domestic product.

China local governments forced to rob Peter to pay Paul to honour rising debt mountain
Chinese police investigating early April Fools’ Day social media financial rumour

People’s Bank of China asks police authority to look into speculation it was planning to cut the required reserve ratio after it spread on the likes of WeChat and Weibo on Friday.

2 Apr 2019 - 5:57PM

People’s Bank of China asks police authority to look into speculation it was planning to cut the required reserve ratio after it spread on the likes of WeChat and Weibo on Friday.

Chinese police investigating early April Fools’ Day social media financial rumour
US-China trade war deal could be too late for the likes of Mastercard, American Express and Visa

Mastercard, American Express and Visa have been waiting for over a decade to gain access, but now UnionPay, Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Alibaba’s Alipay are in control.

2 Apr 2019 - 6:09PM

Mastercard, American Express and Visa have been waiting for over a decade to gain access, but now UnionPay, Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Alibaba’s Alipay are in control.

US-China trade war deal could be too late for the likes of Mastercard, American Express and Visa
China pours more money into cheap loans to help regions deal with debt pile and aid economy

Low-interest rate loans are aimed at helping local government financing units roll over maturing loans, which account for an estimated 34 per cent of gross domestic product.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:41AM

Low-interest rate loans are aimed at helping local government financing units roll over maturing loans, which account for an estimated 34 per cent of gross domestic product.

China pours more money into cheap loans to help regions deal with debt pile and aid economy
US and China trade negotiators hit the ground running with dinner diplomacy in Beijing

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive in Beijing on Thursday ahead of a full day of talks on Friday.

29 Mar 2019 - 12:35PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive in Beijing on Thursday ahead of a full day of talks on Friday.

US and China trade negotiators hit the ground running with dinner diplomacy in Beijing
China looks to individual retail investors to raise local construction funds amid economic slowdown

Pilot programme launched in Ningbo, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Shandong and Beijing to sell local government bonds at bank counters and via internet banking.

26 Mar 2019 - 7:15PM

Pilot programme launched in Ningbo, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Shandong and Beijing to sell local government bonds at bank counters and via internet banking.

China looks to individual retail investors to raise local construction funds amid economic slowdown
Beijing promises wider financial access for foreign investors as US-China trade war talks enter crucial stage

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang tells the China Development Forum that opening up the financial services sector is in China’s best interests.

25 Mar 2019 - 11:20PM

People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang tells the China Development Forum that opening up the financial services sector is in China’s best interests.

Beijing promises wider financial access for foreign investors as US-China trade war talks enter crucial stage
China wants to open financial sector wider but it’s a ‘negotiation game’ in trade war, Zhou Xiaochuan says

Beijing has determination for ‘much braver financial liberalisation and opening-up policies’, former central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan says.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:30AM

Beijing has determination for ‘much braver financial liberalisation and opening-up policies’, former central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan says.

China wants to open financial sector wider but it’s a ‘negotiation game’ in trade war, Zhou Xiaochuan says
Li Keqiang says it is time China to ‘turn the blade inward’ to boost jobs growth

Premier promises 11 million new jobs as China tries to ensure social stability, with tax cuts and reduced red tape to help private companies.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:35AM

Premier promises 11 million new jobs as China tries to ensure social stability, with tax cuts and reduced red tape to help private companies.

Li Keqiang says it is time China to ‘turn the blade inward’ to boost jobs growth
Wang Shouwen, China’s former ‘foot soldier’ now promoted to ‘general’ in US-China trade talks

China’s vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen is Vice-Premier Liu He’s main deputy and chief translator in the trade talks with the likes of Robert Lighthizer.

15 Mar 2019 - 4:53PM

China’s vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen is Vice-Premier Liu He’s main deputy and chief translator in the trade talks with the likes of Robert Lighthizer.

Wang Shouwen, China’s former ‘foot soldier’ now promoted to ‘general’ in US-China trade talks
China must punish officials for ‘cooking the books’ to improve data credibility, top lawmaker says

Call to fix data accuracy problem comes as China seeks to open up its economy to the world and attract more foreign investment.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM

Call to fix data accuracy problem comes as China seeks to open up its economy to the world and attract more foreign investment.

China must punish officials for ‘cooking the books’ to improve data credibility, top lawmaker says
A black Friday in China as exports shrink, stocks plunge and homeowners face new taxes

Overseas shipments down by a fifth in February, stock market loses 4 per cent and lawmakers move a step closer to taxing property owners.

9 Mar 2019 - 9:43AM

Overseas shipments down by a fifth in February, stock market loses 4 per cent and lawmakers move a step closer to taxing property owners.

A black Friday in China as exports shrink, stocks plunge and homeowners face new taxes
‘An extraordinary man’: China’s tobacco and orange king, entrepreneur Chu Shijian, dies aged 91

An iconic figure, the head of an orange-growing empire called Chu Oranges endured the tough life of an entrepreneur in a rapidly changing China.

7 Mar 2019 - 1:17PM

An iconic figure, the head of an orange-growing empire called Chu Oranges endured the tough life of an entrepreneur in a rapidly changing China.

‘An extraordinary man’: China’s tobacco and orange king, entrepreneur Chu Shijian, dies aged 91
China businesses offer mixed reaction to VAT cut as exporters still call for more help amid slowdown

New 13 per cent value-added tax rate announced by Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday still higher than in competitors across Asia.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:02PM

New 13 per cent value-added tax rate announced by Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday still higher than in competitors across Asia.

China businesses offer mixed reaction to VAT cut as exporters still call for more help amid slowdown
China lowers 2019 GDP growth target to 6-6.5 per cent range

Gross domestic product growth target released Tuesday morning in Premier Li Keqiang’s annual report to the National People’s Congress.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:56PM

Gross domestic product growth target released Tuesday morning in Premier Li Keqiang’s annual report to the National People’s Congress.

China lowers 2019 GDP growth target to 6-6.5 per cent range
Hong Kong needs to keep an eye on US-China trade war yuan currency deal, analysts say

The United States have demanded China maintains the stability of the yuan as part of ongoing negotiations to end the trade war.

1 Mar 2019 - 6:17PM

The United States have demanded China maintains the stability of the yuan as part of ongoing negotiations to end the trade war.

Hong Kong needs to keep an eye on US-China trade war yuan currency deal, analysts say
China seeks to fuel economic growth with coal mines and airport projects worth over US$15 billion

Four coal mines in the north of the country will produce enough coal in one year to equal the United Kingdom's entire consumption for 18 months.

28 Feb 2019 - 7:29AM

Four coal mines in the north of the country will produce enough coal in one year to equal the United Kingdom's entire consumption for 18 months.

China seeks to fuel economic growth with coal mines and airport projects worth over US$15 billion
Will the US-China trade war improve access for American firms seeking to tap 1.4 billion people?

Washington feels Beijing has been discriminating against US businesses, limiting investment and trade flows while also imposing restrictive non-tariff barriers.

26 Feb 2019 - 1:38PM

Washington feels Beijing has been discriminating against US businesses, limiting investment and trade flows while also imposing restrictive non-tariff barriers.

Will the US-China trade war improve access for American firms seeking to tap 1.4 billion people?