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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China’s Premier Li Keqiang warns central bank of ‘new potential risks’ posed by record loans in January

New yuan loans last month reached US$476.97 billion, almost triple the amount from December, after Beijing eased regulations in a bid to its boost slowing economy.

21 Feb 2019 - 6:44PM
China’s Premier Li Keqiang warns central bank of ‘new potential risks’ posed by record loans in January

New yuan loans last month reached US$476.97 billion, almost triple the amount from December, after Beijing eased regulations in a bid to its boost slowing economy.

China’s debt reduction drive becomes trade war casualty as Beijing unleashes bank lending

A record US$477 billion in new loans were granted in January as President Xi Jinping’s deleveraging campaign is put on hold.

20 Feb 2019 - 9:20PM
China’s debt reduction drive becomes trade war casualty as Beijing unleashes bank lending

A record US$477 billion in new loans were granted in January as President Xi Jinping’s deleveraging campaign is put on hold.

China’s top economists call for more action to fend off growing risks including trade war

Stabilisation dominates agenda at meeting of Chinese Economist 50 Forum, but many members believe there is no need for all-out stimulus policy.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:12AM
China’s top economists call for more action to fend off growing risks including trade war

Stabilisation dominates agenda at meeting of Chinese Economist 50 Forum, but many members believe there is no need for all-out stimulus policy.

China’s loans hit all-time high as banks open floodgates in January to help slowing economy

New yuan loans reach 3.23 trillion yuan (US$476.97 billion), almost triple the amount from December.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM
China’s loans hit all-time high as banks open floodgates in January to help slowing economy

New yuan loans reach 3.23 trillion yuan (US$476.97 billion), almost triple the amount from December.

China’s government tells banks to ‘increase financial support’ for private firms to aid slowing economy

Beijing issues rare directive telling lenders and financial regulators to help boost growth after 2018 cooled to its slowest rate in 28 years.

15 Feb 2019 - 3:49PM
China’s government tells banks to ‘increase financial support’ for private firms to aid slowing economy

Beijing issues rare directive telling lenders and financial regulators to help boost growth after 2018 cooled to its slowest rate in 28 years.

Tianjin’s foreign investment and jobs drop amid trade war and industrial shift to new sectors

Closure of Samsung’s huge smartphone factory in December highlights the challenges faced by foreign firms in China’s fast-evolving business environment.

14 Feb 2019 - 3:06PM
Tianjin’s foreign investment and jobs drop amid trade war and industrial shift to new sectors

Closure of Samsung’s huge smartphone factory in December highlights the challenges faced by foreign firms in China’s fast-evolving business environment.

China cracking down on illegal underground forex trading in bid to control capital flight

Beijing cracking down on use of unregulated underground banks to buy or sell foreign currency to maintain stability of the exchange rate and its slowing economy.

13 Feb 2019 - 6:59PM
China cracking down on illegal underground forex trading in bid to control capital flight

Beijing cracking down on use of unregulated underground banks to buy or sell foreign currency to maintain stability of the exchange rate and its slowing economy.

United States to remain sole global economic superpower until 2035, Chinese government think tank says

Report plays down China’s ambitions ahead of trade talks between China’s Vice-Premier Liu He and a US delegation led by Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin.

12 Feb 2019 - 6:58PM
United States to remain sole global economic superpower until 2035, Chinese government think tank says

Report plays down China’s ambitions ahead of trade talks between China’s Vice-Premier Liu He and a US delegation led by Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin.

China’s Lunar New Year spending growth slows to decade low despite record US$148.96 billion sales

National retail and catering revenue rose just 8.5 per cent compared to 10.2 per cent last year, the Ministry of Commerce said.

11 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM
China’s Lunar New Year spending growth slows to decade low despite record US$148.96 billion sales

National retail and catering revenue rose just 8.5 per cent compared to 10.2 per cent last year, the Ministry of Commerce said.

China’s central bank just moved one step closer to flinging open the floodgates of stimulus

Immediately after the launch, rules were loosened on insurers wanting to invest in perpetual debt.

25 Jan 2019 - 4:04PM
China’s central bank just moved one step closer to flinging open the floodgates of stimulus

Immediately after the launch, rules were loosened on insurers wanting to invest in perpetual debt.

‘I suggest that we must pick our battles’: celebrated Chinese state banker warned Beijing against trade war

Scathing speech made three days after the third round of tariffs were implemented.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:04PM
‘I suggest that we must pick our battles’: celebrated Chinese state banker warned Beijing against trade war

Scathing speech made three days after the third round of tariffs were implemented.

Debate in China on quantitative easing heats up as growth slows

Can helicopter money save the Chinese economy? Central bank and finance ministry at odds over how to arrest economic slowdown.

22 Jan 2019 - 8:31PM
Debate in China on quantitative easing heats up as growth slows

Can helicopter money save the Chinese economy? Central bank and finance ministry at odds over how to arrest economic slowdown.

Chinese pro-market economist Wu Jinglian warns of ‘state capitalism’ dangers

Influential figure Wu Jinglian speaks out against state-led growth model, saying it’s ‘inconsistent with our reforms’.

21 Jan 2019 - 1:01AM
Chinese pro-market economist Wu Jinglian warns of ‘state capitalism’ dangers

Influential figure Wu Jinglian speaks out against state-led growth model, saying it’s ‘inconsistent with our reforms’.

Is China wise to bank on consumer spending to drive economic growth?

Rising household debt levels and concerns about job prospects are threatening to derail Beijing’s grand plan, analysts say.

20 Jan 2019 - 11:17PM
Is China wise to bank on consumer spending to drive economic growth?

Rising household debt levels and concerns about job prospects are threatening to derail Beijing’s grand plan, analysts say.

‘Not a single day of rest’: victims reveal details of modern slavery case in China

Fifty-two men were rescued in April after one escaped and went to police. They were guarded around the clock, kept in rooms with more than a dozen others, and beaten if they worked too slowly, complained or tried to escape.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:31PM
‘Not a single day of rest’: victims reveal details of modern slavery case in China

Fifty-two men were rescued in April after one escaped and went to police. They were guarded around the clock, kept in rooms with more than a dozen others, and beaten if they worked too slowly, complained or tried to escape.

Nasa says it will work with Chinese space agency on lunar landing research

Discussions have been held with China National Space Administration and cooperation will be ‘transparent, reciprocal and mutually beneficial’.

19 Jan 2019 - 11:26PM
Nasa says it will work with Chinese space agency on lunar landing research

Discussions have been held with China National Space Administration and cooperation will be ‘transparent, reciprocal and mutually beneficial’.

China pushes for bonds to be included in global indices even as some foreign investors seek delay
  • China’s central bank’s deputy governor says mechanism is ready for investors to put money into China bonds.
17 Jan 2019 - 7:00PM
China pushes for bonds to be included in global indices even as some foreign investors seek delay
  • China’s central bank’s deputy governor says mechanism is ready for investors to put money into China bonds.
China’s leaders must learn from Soviet Union’s fatal mistakes, says heavyweight communist liberal Hu Deping

Hu Deping, son of late party general secretary Hu Yaobang, says country must stick to path of reform right to the end.

17 Jan 2019 - 3:51PM
China’s leaders must learn from Soviet Union’s fatal mistakes, says heavyweight communist liberal Hu Deping

Hu Deping, son of late party general secretary Hu Yaobang, says country must stick to path of reform right to the end.

China’s central bank denies delaying Mastercard and Visa access to payments market

PBOC claims card giants’ applications were withdrawn and flawed

15 Jan 2019 - 8:30PM
China’s central bank denies delaying Mastercard and Visa access to payments market

PBOC claims card giants’ applications were withdrawn and flawed

How Japan may offer China road map towards a trade deal with the US

Promise of large purchases of US goods formed basis for deals, according to Johns Hopkins professor Kent Calder.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:42PM
How Japan may offer China road map towards a trade deal with the US

Promise of large purchases of US goods formed basis for deals, according to Johns Hopkins professor Kent Calder.

Chinese investors ‘facing severe situation in the US’

Rating of US as investment destination for Chinese firms falls 10 places to 14th out of 57 countries rated.

11 Jan 2019 - 7:58AM
Chinese investors ‘facing severe situation in the US’

Rating of US as investment destination for Chinese firms falls 10 places to 14th out of 57 countries rated.

Trade war drives down China’s current account forcing new reliance on foreign investment

China’s current account balance for 2018 is expected to show a modest surplus.

10 Jan 2019 - 8:57PM
Trade war drives down China’s current account forcing new reliance on foreign investment

China’s current account balance for 2018 is expected to show a modest surplus.

Can China join the big free-trade deal that Donald Trump failed to kill?

A think tank urges Beijing to consider joining CPTPP, the improved version of the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership, identifying a ‘time window’ as the US president pushes his ‘America first’ agenda.

10 Jan 2019 - 11:39AM
Can China join the big free-trade deal that Donald Trump failed to kill?

A think tank urges Beijing to consider joining CPTPP, the improved version of the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership, identifying a ‘time window’ as the US president pushes his ‘America first’ agenda.

China’s 2019 gross domestic product forecast cut to 6.2 per cent by World Bank under ‘Darkening Skies’

American President Donald Trump has claimed that the weakening economy gives the US an advantage in trade talks with Xi Jinping’s administration.

9 Jan 2019 - 3:58PM
China’s 2019 gross domestic product forecast cut to 6.2 per cent by World Bank under ‘Darkening Skies’

American President Donald Trump has claimed that the weakening economy gives the US an advantage in trade talks with Xi Jinping’s administration.

As China’s economy begins to stutter, what’s next for its monetary policy?

Analysts expect additional bank reserve requirement ratio cuts this year.

7 Jan 2019 - 7:33PM
As China’s economy begins to stutter, what’s next for its monetary policy?

Analysts expect additional bank reserve requirement ratio cuts this year.

China prepares for testing 2019 by freeing up US$210 billion in latest move to boost ailing economy

People’s Bank of China to cut required reserve ratio by one percentage point in January.

7 Jan 2019 - 9:51AM
China prepares for testing 2019 by freeing up US$210 billion in latest move to boost ailing economy

People’s Bank of China to cut required reserve ratio by one percentage point in January.

China confirms ‘proactive and constructive’ US trade talks in Beijing next week

Deputy US trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the American delegation on January 7-8.

5 Jan 2019 - 8:56AM
China confirms ‘proactive and constructive’ US trade talks in Beijing next week

Deputy US trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the American delegation on January 7-8.

Full speed ahead for China’s high-speed rail network in 2019 in bid to boost slowing economy

China Railway Corporation plans to put a total of 6,800km of new track into service this year, a 45 per cent increase in expansion from 2018.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:44PM
Full speed ahead for China’s high-speed rail network in 2019 in bid to boost slowing economy

China Railway Corporation plans to put a total of 6,800km of new track into service this year, a 45 per cent increase in expansion from 2018.

China economy endures bad start to 2019 as private data highlights weakening manufacturing sector

The Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped 0.6 points to 49.4 in December, contracting for the first time since May 2017.

2 Jan 2019 - 10:59PM
China economy endures bad start to 2019 as private data highlights weakening manufacturing sector

The Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped 0.6 points to 49.4 in December, contracting for the first time since May 2017.

Why China’s private firms aren’t convinced the law will protect them

Despite Beijing’s promises to support the sector, entrepreneurs still fear government intervention in the legal process for political aims.

1 Jan 2019 - 5:59PM
Why China’s private firms aren’t convinced the law will protect them

Despite Beijing’s promises to support the sector, entrepreneurs still fear government intervention in the legal process for political aims.

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