Month: May 2019

Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

?major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

d measures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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he May report summarized that China’s growth appear

ears to be stabilizing on the back of recently enhanced supportive measures.

The report expanded the number of countries it scrutinizes for curr

ency manipulation to 21 from 12. Countries with a current account surplus with the US e

quivalent to 2 percent of GDP were put on the watch list, compared with 3 percent of GDP before.

China didn’t meet the “currency manipulator” criteria listed by the US Treasury, but Washi

ngton will continue assessing the RMB’s performance given China’s large trade surplus with the US, the report said.

The US Treasury removed India from the watch list, while it added Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

“Chinese authorities have not used the exchange rate in prior easing

cycles to support growth, and they are unlikely to do so now, as this could pose macr

oeconomic stability risk,” said Andrew Fennell, lead sovereign analyst for China at Fitch Ratings.

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ang said by the end of this year, 5G network construc

The Beijing municipal government plans to invest at least 30 billion yuan by 2022 to build 5G networks, according to a 5G devel

opment plan released in January. In Beijing’s road map for 5G development from 2019 to 2022, the municipal gov

ernment has set a goal to develop its 5G-related industry to realize an income of 200 billion yuan by 2022.

The city said it hopes that by 2022, Beijing-based scientific research

units and enterprises can be a key contributor to global 5G technical standards, acc

ounting for more than 5 percent of all primary and essential international 5G patents.

Huang Jianjun, vice-president of China Jianyin Investment Ltd, said 5G technologies have been deeply integrated with

artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things and other emerging technologies, ushering in a new era of in

ternet of everything and deep interaction between humans and machines.

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Accelerating the opening up of China’s commodity futu

ures market will help foreign investors optimize their renminbi-denominated asset portfolios as they can inc

orporate investment targets of a wider variety, said Wang Tingting, an associate pro

fessor of finance with the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

“Moreover, as foreign investors’ trading helps boost liquidity in the domestic market and makes the price changes mor

e consistent with international trends, domestic market participants can also better hedge against risks,” he said.

Experts also expect China to open up the stock index futures market to foreign invest

ors, as they have large exposure in the A-share market and are therefore in need of this risk management tool.

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In April, the CSRC pledged to promote the opening-up

?of stock index futures. At present, onshore stock index futures are unavailable to overseas invest

ors, and they can only hedge risks associated with investing in A shares through offshore instruments.

“After the stock index futures market opens up, investor bases will dive

rsify, helping China’s capital market achieve a higher efficiency in asset pricing,” Wang sai

d, adding that capital market reform and opening-up is part of China’s moves to promote quality development.

“One of the key priorities this year is to accelerate the development o

f direct financing and the capital market, to strengthen the capital market’s capacity to pr

omote economic growth,” Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and head of the China Ban

king and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said in an interview with China Central Television on Monday.

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The currency’s depreciation was purely caused by mark

et forces, and China has never taken any measures to deliberately devalue the currency to make its exports more at

tractive, said Guo, who is also head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

According to Guo, the short-term fluctuation of the RMB exchan

ge rate was normal, and the depreciation will not last long given the stable economic growth base.

“Any speculative activities to short the RMB will suffer huge losses,” he warned.

The RMB’s daily trading reference, or the central parity for onshore trading, has been stabilized arou

nd 6.89 per dollar for eight days from May 20, and market watchers said market-oriented depreciation pressure was losing steam.

Yi Gang, the central bank governor, has said several times that the PBOC has ceased

direct intervention in foreign exchange markets, and the performance of RMB is address

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President Xi Jinping visited the JL MAG rare-earth Co

?on May 20 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, during a three-day inspection tour.

Xi learned about the rare-earth industry’s development in Ganzhou, a major producer of rare-earth resources and products

in China. During the seven trading days from May 20 to Tuesday, the A-share listed company hit the 10 percent da

ily upside limit six times, with its share price rising by 90 percent after closing on Tuesday.

xperienced climbers and guides called for alpinists without adequate training to think tw

ice before taking on the world’s highest peak, especially during a crowded climbing season.

As of Tuesday, the death toll of climbers attempting to reach the summit of Qomolan

gma — known as Mount Everest in the West — reached 11 during this climbing season. Nine died on the Nepali s

ide and two on the north face of the mountain in China’s Tibet autonomous region, according to media reports.

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These parties tend to look at trade agreements purely from

m a nationalist point of view and if a trade agreement is seen as overall beneficial for their co

untry, they could support it. For instance, Italy voted in favor of the EU agreement with Japan but again

st the agreement with Canada. The content of the agreement is key. For instance, these parties do not like clauses tha

t curtail the powers of single EU member states, such as the establishment of new regulatory or arbitration bodies.

Another uncertainty is Brexit. Whether it will happen or not? And what might change under

a new British prime minister? The new Brexit Party under Nigel Farage was the clear leader in the EP

election in the United Kingdom, but the UK’s 73 EP members have to leave the EP as soon as Brexit takes place.

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Under the trade pressure, the world’s second-largest ec

conomy is accelerating restructuring reform and shifting from an export-dominated growth model to a more services-driven model, they added.

“The United States escalated trade tensions, but it cannot solve any pro

blem. This causes volatility and sluggishness in global financial markets and hurts the global ec

onomy,” said Guo Shuqing, the People’s Bank of China’s Party secretary and also head of the China Banking and In

surance Regulatory Commission. His keynote speech was delivered by a commission spokesman at a forum on Saturday.

Impact on the Chinese economy will be very limited, said Guo. “Chinese finan

cial markets, although they were excessively affected by trade tensions last year, are unl

ikely to be hit more dramatically going forward, as financial resilience is strengthening.”

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Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chine

se Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsinghua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating open

ing-up of its financial sector, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.

Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging i

n fiercer competition with global peers as their service abilities in many aspe

cts, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.

Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors are still optimistic about China’s economic pro

spects, said Zhang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

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