On Economy and Trade

By Lianlong The strategist Guan Zhong said: "The administration of the country must take it the first priority to enrich the people." How to enrich its people? Economic development and trade, according to Guan Zhong. To solve the problem of people's food and clothing, the ancient economists...
By Jake Van Der Kamp “Forex reserves are valuable assets that can use at critical times. It’s a pity that they are being sold heavily in the market. It should be the last resort.” Zhang Ming, fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, SCMP, January...
By Everett Rosenfeld China has a debt problem, and it's likely much worse than most statistics demonstrate. Recent reports point to an ongoing effort by Beijing to tightly control the prevailing storyline about its economy, including recent revelations about the central...
By Wade Shepard I was surprised when the owner of the run-down, 82 square meter apartment outside of the core downtown area of Xiamen that I once rented told me that he was selling it for nearly US$300,000. The apartment was...
By Yukon Huang The recent sixth plenum of China's top party leadership concluded that "China will focus on combating asset bubbles and preventing economic and financial risk." This statement reflects widespread worries about two possible bubbles — a debt bubble...
By Huang Yiping Official and unofficial economic data confirms that the Chinese economy stabilized in mid-2016. But there is disagreement about the country’s growth outlook moving forward. Three important forces are likely to shape economic trends in 2017: Developments in the...
BY CARY HUANG China’s leadership has always seen gross domestic product (GDP) numbers as the most important indicator of their ability of govern; thus their whole apparatus does whatever it can, in terms of policies, to make sure a politically...
By Klaus Larres November 16, 2016 A visit to China by Germany’s economics minister highlighted a blunter approach to bilateral relations. The prolonged honeymoon between China and Germany has come to an abrupt halt. In Berlin awareness has grown that Beijing...
By our special commentator. We are now in the year 2016. The US is hot with its presidential election and Donald Trump is sure to win. The European Union has been harassed with a refugee crisis and anti-terror campaign, besides Great Britain’s...
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