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 can take a tougher stance in trade talks with US at G20, economists say

Think tank at Tsinghua University in Beijing warns measures should not go too far as the ultimate aim is ‘to bring US decision makers back to the negotiating table’.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:02AM

Think tank at Tsinghua University in Beijing warns measures should not go too far as the ultimate aim is ‘to bring US decision makers back to the negotiating table’.

China can take a tougher stance in trade talks with US at G20, economists say
Chinese state media warns retaliation against US tariffs could ‘become routine’

State media commentary seeks to play down expectations over anticipated meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Japan later this month.

17 Jun 2019 - 9:29AM

State media commentary seeks to play down expectations over anticipated meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Japan later this month.

Chinese state media warns retaliation against US tariffs could ‘become routine’
China should keep calm and remember Deng Xiaoping as trade war bites, former adviser says

Beijing should be realistic about its chances of success in a multifaceted conflict with the US, says Jia Kang, a former head of research at China’s finance ministry.

17 Jun 2019 - 3:45PM

Beijing should be realistic about its chances of success in a multifaceted conflict with the US, says Jia Kang, a former head of research at China’s finance ministry.

China should keep calm and remember Deng Xiaoping as trade war bites, former adviser says
China’s banks remain reluctant to lend amid US trade war uncertainty, new data shows

The value of new yuan loans issued was 1.18 trillion yuan (US$170.54 billion) in May, higher than April but lower than estimates of 1.3 trillion yuan.

12 Jun 2019 - 7:22PM

The value of new yuan loans issued was 1.18 trillion yuan (US$170.54 billion) in May, higher than April but lower than estimates of 1.3 trillion yuan.

China’s banks remain reluctant to lend amid US trade war uncertainty, new data shows
China’s exports rise in May but US trade war will still hurt in the long run, analysts warn

Exports unexpectedly rose 1.1 per cent in May against an expected drop of 3.9 per cent as companies rushed to ship goods to the United States to beat 25 per cent duties.

10 Jun 2019 - 11:41PM

Exports unexpectedly rose 1.1 per cent in May against an expected drop of 3.9 per cent as companies rushed to ship goods to the United States to beat 25 per cent duties.

China’s exports rise in May but US trade war will still hurt in the long run, analysts warn
China unveils 5G and NEV spending action plan to boost consumption to cushion US trade war impact

Plan would aim to boost the sales of cars, home appliances and consumer electronics including 5G smartphones after sharp drop in retail sales in April.

6 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

Plan would aim to boost the sales of cars, home appliances and consumer electronics including 5G smartphones after sharp drop in retail sales in April.

China unveils 5G and NEV spending action plan to boost consumption to cushion US trade war impact
In China’s industrial hinterlands, state subsidies run deep and appetite for reform is low despite US demands

In Deyang, the story of machinery maker Erzhong is a cautionary tale for Beijing of the dangers of social unrest resulting from job losses at state-owned enterprises.

6 Jun 2019 - 1:38PM

In Deyang, the story of machinery maker Erzhong is a cautionary tale for Beijing of the dangers of social unrest resulting from job losses at state-owned enterprises.

In China’s industrial hinterlands, state subsidies run deep and appetite for reform is low despite US demands
China’s 2019 economic growth forecast cut by IMF as risks and uncertainties of US trade war remain

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its prediction to 6.2 per cent having only raised it to 6.3 per cent two months ago before the recent trade war escalation.

5 Jun 2019 - 8:33PM

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its prediction to 6.2 per cent having only raised it to 6.3 per cent two months ago before the recent trade war escalation.

China’s 2019 economic growth forecast cut by IMF as risks and uncertainties of US trade war remain
China does not deserve to be treated as a ‘criminal’ in enforcement of trade war deal, researcher says

US wants ‘detailed and enforceable commitments’ from China as part of a trade deal, a demand China rejects as bullying and a threat to its sovereignty.

5 Jun 2019 - 3:51AM

US wants ‘detailed and enforceable commitments’ from China as part of a trade deal, a demand China rejects as bullying and a threat to its sovereignty.

China does not deserve to be treated as a ‘criminal’ in enforcement of trade war deal, researcher says
China has a new US trade war weapon, but who and what will be covered, and how will it be enforced?

Beijing has yet to provide details of its ‘entity list’ to punish ‘unreliable’ companies and individuals, but state media speculates it is a response to US treatment of Huawei.

4 Jun 2019 - 3:56PM

Beijing has yet to provide details of its ‘entity list’ to punish ‘unreliable’ companies and individuals, but state media speculates it is a response to US treatment of Huawei.

China has a new US trade war weapon, but who and what will be covered, and how will it be enforced?
US-China trade war impact on stock market is ‘controllable’, insists China’s securities watchdog chief

Benchmark Shanghai composite stock index lost nearly 6 per cent in May, but China Securities Regulatory Commission chairman Yi Huiman attempts to ease fears.

3 Jun 2019 - 10:52PM

Benchmark Shanghai composite stock index lost nearly 6 per cent in May, but China Securities Regulatory Commission chairman Yi Huiman attempts to ease fears.

US-China trade war impact on stock market is ‘controllable’, insists China’s securities watchdog chief
United States’ escalation of trade tensions ‘solves nothing’, China’s financial regulator says

Damage caused by Washington’s moves very limited, Communist Party chief of People’s Bank of China Guo Shuqing says.

25 May 2019 - 11:32PM

Damage caused by Washington’s moves very limited, Communist Party chief of People’s Bank of China Guo Shuqing says.

United States’ escalation of trade tensions ‘solves nothing’, China’s financial regulator says
China’s trade war-hit job market to be overseen by special task force to avoid ‘a massive jobless situation’

Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will head a task force as unemployment concerns increase due to US trade tensions and a number of recent high-profile lay-offs and closures.

23 May 2019 - 11:08PM

Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will head a task force as unemployment concerns increase due to US trade tensions and a number of recent high-profile lay-offs and closures.

China’s trade war-hit job market to be overseen by special task force to avoid ‘a massive jobless situation’
Donald Trump’s trade war and Huawei ban push China to rethink economic ties with US

Last week US President Donald Trump signed an order that could restrict Chinese telecommunications companies from selling their equipment in the United States.

23 May 2019 - 9:10AM

Last week US President Donald Trump signed an order that could restrict Chinese telecommunications companies from selling their equipment in the United States.

Donald Trump’s trade war and Huawei ban push China to rethink economic ties with US
China’s SOE reform questioned after Beijing appoints inexperienced official to head assets watchdog

State-owned enterprises are an issue at the centre of the US-China trade war, with Washington demanding a level playing field for its businesses in China.

21 May 2019 - 11:00PM

State-owned enterprises are an issue at the centre of the US-China trade war, with Washington demanding a level playing field for its businesses in China.

China’s SOE reform questioned after Beijing appoints inexperienced official to head assets watchdog
China economy to get more stimulus to fight trade war tariffs? Official drops hint help may come

The debate on whether China will enact new economic stimulus measures has resumed following weaker-than-expected data in April.

17 May 2019 - 7:00PM

The debate on whether China will enact new economic stimulus measures has resumed following weaker-than-expected data in April.

China economy to get more stimulus to fight trade war tariffs? Official drops hint help may come
Chinese exclusion process is aimed at limiting domestic damage caused by higher tariffs on US imports

China’s process is modelled on one used by US, but only incorporated companies can apply for relief and there will be no public hearings.

14 May 2019 - 8:26PM

China’s process is modelled on one used by US, but only incorporated companies can apply for relief and there will be no public hearings.

Chinese exclusion process is aimed at limiting domestic damage caused by higher tariffs on US imports
China central bank says no need for easing after tariff hike

Chinese economic fundamentals ‘solid’ says People’s Bank of China, and monetary policy will be ‘fine tuned’ in response to economic and financial changes.

10 May 2019 - 9:05PM

Chinese economic fundamentals ‘solid’ says People’s Bank of China, and monetary policy will be ‘fine tuned’ in response to economic and financial changes.

China central bank says no need for easing after tariff hike
China bank lending slows more than expected in April, raising concerns about economic outlook

Slowdown follows fall in April’s purchasing managers’ index as well as exports ahead of latest round of trade talks in Washington and threatened tariff increases

9 May 2019 - 10:18PM

Slowdown follows fall in April’s purchasing managers’ index as well as exports ahead of latest round of trade talks in Washington and threatened tariff increases

China bank lending slows more than expected in April, raising concerns about economic outlook
Chinese services figures suggest economy was stabilising before Donald Trump’s latest trade war threat

Rise in Caixin/ Markit services business activity index for April highlights economy’s resilience, but US President’s threat to raise tariffs is likely to weigh on exporters

6 May 2019 - 7:37PM

Rise in Caixin/ Markit services business activity index for April highlights economy’s resilience, but US President’s threat to raise tariffs is likely to weigh on exporters

Chinese services figures suggest economy was stabilising before Donald Trump’s latest trade war threat
Hours after US President Donald Trump tweets tariff threat China frees up US$41.5 billion for small firm loans

People’s Bank of China says reserve requirement for some rural lenders will be cut to 8 per cent from next week as part of ongoing plan to support small businesses.

6 May 2019 - 11:28PM

People’s Bank of China says reserve requirement for some rural lenders will be cut to 8 per cent from next week as part of ongoing plan to support small businesses.

Hours after US President Donald Trump tweets tariff threat China frees up US$41.5 billion for small firm loans
China’s consumer spending surges over extended Labour Day holiday

Tourism revenue up 16.1 per cent at US$17.5 billion as traveller numbers rise 13.7 per cent.

6 May 2019 - 10:16AM

Tourism revenue up 16.1 per cent at US$17.5 billion as traveller numbers rise 13.7 per cent.

China’s consumer spending surges over extended Labour Day holiday
China closes online currency regulation loopholes to ease fears over foreign exchange transactions

New rules from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange require cross-border payment services to more closely monitor and report international transactions.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM

New rules from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange require cross-border payment services to more closely monitor and report international transactions.

China closes online currency regulation loopholes to ease fears over foreign exchange transactions
China needs deeper reform rather than more economic stimulus, central bank adviser says

Deputy head of Development Research Foundation Liu Shijin says changes are needed to avoid the middle-income trap.

29 Apr 2019 - 4:00PM

Deputy head of Development Research Foundation Liu Shijin says changes are needed to avoid the middle-income trap.

China needs deeper reform rather than more economic stimulus, central bank adviser says
China seeks to allay belt and road ‘debt trap’ concerns with standard for assessing financial risk

Document is based on similar measures used by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Liu Kun says.

26 Apr 2019 - 12:29PM

Document is based on similar measures used by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Liu Kun says.

China seeks to allay belt and road ‘debt trap’ concerns with standard for assessing financial risk
Trade war with US could lead to economic ‘cold war’ for China, Beijing researchers say

‘China’s Economic Security Outlook’ sees tit-for-tat tariff war with the US and the broad hostility as a major risk endangering China’s ‘economic security’.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:03PM

‘China’s Economic Security Outlook’ sees tit-for-tat tariff war with the US and the broad hostility as a major risk endangering China’s ‘economic security’.

Trade war with US could lead to economic ‘cold war’ for China, Beijing researchers say
China economy critic sees ‘turning point’ that could level playing field between private sector and state

American researcher Nicholas Lardy sees ‘encouraging’ signs due to the support shown by President Xi Jinping.

24 Apr 2019 - 6:17PM

American researcher Nicholas Lardy sees ‘encouraging’ signs due to the support shown by President Xi Jinping.

China economy critic sees ‘turning point’ that could level playing field between private sector and state
Trade war reflects US fear of China’s state-led economic model, says member of Beijing’s political elite

Kong Dan, the former chairman of the state-owned Citic Group and Everbright Bank, urges Beijing to stick to its development path over adopting a western model.

23 Apr 2019 - 6:59PM

Kong Dan, the former chairman of the state-owned Citic Group and Everbright Bank, urges Beijing to stick to its development path over adopting a western model.

Trade war reflects US fear of China’s state-led economic model, says member of Beijing’s political elite
Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials to ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty

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

25 Apr 2019 - 6:16PM

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

Xi Jinping tells Chinese officials to ‘finish the journey’ and shifts focus back to fight against poverty
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