China's green finance market has maintained steady expansion last year with product and service innovations increasing, according to an annual report on China's green finance development released by the People's Bank of China (PBoC). Green bond issuance exceeded 280 billion yuan (US$40 billion) last year, while outstanding green loans reached 8.23 trillion yuan, up 16% year-on-year.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland expanded 6.6% year-on-year to 752.41 billion yuan (US$107.07 billion) in the first 10 months of the year, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The FDI inflow stood at US$110.78 billion during the period, up 2.9% year-on-year.
China's economic planner is working with interested parties to accelerate the approval of the development projects of the Greater Bay Area (GBA). A comprehensive planning system will be gradually established to take care of the projects relating to the GBA, covering aspects such as infrastructural connectivity, ecological and environmental protection, industrial development and inter-city railway, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co Ltd (BSHSR), one of China's busiest high-speed rail lines, will be listed on China's A-share market at the Shanghai Stock Exchange next week, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). The IPO will offer no more than 7.557 billion stocks and raise 50 billion yuan (US$7.13 billion). Established in 2007, the BSHSR's net profit hit about 10.25 billion yuan in 2018, according to its prospectus.
China's fixed-asset investment grew 5.2% year-on-year in the first 10 months of this year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. This records the slowest growth since the statistics became available since 1998. Fixed-asset investment includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets. In the first 10 months of 2019, total investment amounted to 51.09 trillion yuan (US$7.3 trillion), and the growth is 0.2% down compared to that of the first nine months. The private sector's investment increased 4.4% to 29.15 trillion yuan, 0.3% slower than that for the first nine months. Investment in high-tech manufacturing and high-tech services rose 14.5% and 13.7% year-on-year, respectively.
A launching ceremony for developing 6G technology was jointly held by relevant departments in China recently, where a work team and an expert R&D team were established. At present, 5G has been applied to commercial use, and the next generation of telecommunication technology is expected to emerge around 2030.
Taobao, Chinese e-commerce channel owned by Alibaba, launched its 10th annual online shopping promotion on November 11, a day celebrated by many Chinese young people as Singles Day. The sales on Tmall, a section of Taobao, hit 268.4 billion yuan (about US$38.3 billion) as of November 11. More than 22,000 overseas brands from 200 countries and regions have participated this year, according to Alibaba. Singles Day sales on Tmall reached 213.5 billion yuan last year.
The second China International Import Expo (CIIE) concluded on November 10, with US$71.13 billion worth of tentative deals reached for one-year purchases of goods and services. The amount rose 23% year-on-year compared to last year. A total of 181 countries, regions and international organizations attended the expo, and more than 3,800 enterprises participated in the exhibitions.
Hong Kong residents now can purchases homes in the nine Guangdong cities in the Greater Bay Area as Chinese regulators remove the additional requirements so that Hong Kong residents share the same policy with local residents. Chinese property developers say that there is a notable increase in the number of Hong Kong people purchasing properties in the mainland Chinese cities in the GBA, and sees the trend to be enhanced in cities with more convenient trasnportation.
Alibaba will seek a listing approval in Hong Kong next week, with CICC and Credit Suisse being sponsors, aiming to raise 10 to 15 billion US dollars with the listing. Alibaba previously was said to seek listing in Hong Kong in August this year.
Alibaba's mobile payment Alipay has been one of the major payment methods in China now. The platform which used to require linking to Chinese bank accounts now onboarded a new feauture called Tour Pass which allows adding funds from international credit cards or debit cards. Meanwhile, Ant Financial, operator of Alipay, is considering merging its mobile payment business in the South East Asia with Grab, the biggest taxi-hailing app. So far there are more than 150 mobile payment platforms in the SEA.
China will further ease market access for foreign investment and shorten the negative list, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The country will continue to improve the business environment to make it more market-oriented, law-based and internationalized, Xi says during a keynote speech at the the second China International Import Expo. The country will also further cut the tariffs.
The total revenue of China's internet and related services sectors reached 860.4 billion yuan (US$122.26 billion) during the first nine months this year, up 19.7% year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Information services were the largest revenue contributor, generating an income of 566 billion yuan which accounts for 65.8% of the total revenue of these sectors. Meanwhile, the sectors' spending on research and development reached 34.6 billion yuan, up 18.3% year-on-year.
The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have unveiled measures to further promote the economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait. There are 26 measures involved, about half of which are about ensuring Taiwan enterprises in mainland China receiving the same treatment as local enterprises, covering aspects including investing in or participating in projects of major technological equipment, 5G, circular economy, civil aviation, theme parks and new types of financial institutions. The same treatment for enterprises from Taiwan also applies to policies of financing, trade remedies, export credit insurance, and import and export facilitation.
Although the global economy is facing unprecedented challenges such as the slowed-down economic growth and the rising trade tensions, Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into China recorded a 4% growth year-on-year to US$73 billion during the first six months of this year, according to the country's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Chinese regulators will continue to enhance policy transparency and create a fair market environment.
China's National Internet Finance Association (NIFA) and the World Bank have jointly launched the Global Center for Digital Finance in Hangzhou, China. The centre is expected to become an international knowledge-sharing platform for digital finance, providing technical support for developing countries and emerging markets.
China's first sustainable investment summit was launched in Beijing today. The country calls for advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.
Financial institutions providing services to privately owned and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be supported by regulators, and the financing costs will be reduced, according to a new regulation that will be implemented on January 1, 2020. Financial institutions such as commercial banks will be encouraged to lending money to the qualified enterprise.
Guangdong Province reports its GDP up by 6.4% on year to 7.72 trillion yuan (US$1.09 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters of 2019. Beijing’s GDP growth during the same period stands at 6.2%. Guangdong's economy has maintained overall stability, with the growth of main economic indicators kept within an appropriate range, according to the provincial bureau of statistics. A breakdown of the data showed the output of the service sector rose 7.9%, outpacing the 3.8% increase in the primary industry and the 4.6% rise in the secondary industry.
The local China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) in Shenzhen is consulting the market regarding setting up an innovative cross-border insurance service centre in the Qianhai Area. Through the entities operated in this centre, Overseas insurers will be able to provide services including insurance consultancy, distribution and claim.
China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has announced that 799 billion (US$113 billion) of pension funds have been put into investment by the end of September. This number has increased by 12% compared to June this year.
China's GDP increased by 6.2% on year during the first three quarters of 2019 to about 69.78 trillion yuan (US$9.87 trillion), according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The country's economy has maintained overall stability, the statistical authority says, while acknowledging that China faces downward pressure amid slower global economic growth and more external uncertainties.
Overseas assets of China's central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) reached 7.6 trillion yuan (US$1.1 trillion) by the end of last year, according to the country's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). China's central SOEs have more than 11,000 overseas units, which were located in 185 countries and territories. In 2018, overseas revenue of the central SOEs stood at 5.4 trillion yuan, while profits totalled 131.89 billion yuan.
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) have revised the regulation to further facilitate foreign institutional investors to invest in the country's bond market. Non-transactional transfer of bonds under QFII/RQFII and China Interbank Bond Market Direct scheme (CIBM) will be allowed within one single foreign institutional investor. The definition of one single institutional investor is also further clarified: if a foreign institutional investor opens multiple accounts under the same managed product name, it should be treated as a single product.This move aims to attract more foreign capital to the onshore bond market.
The country's State Council has announced the revision of regulations on foreign banks and insurers this week.
China will support the companies in the internet security sector, aiming to generate a total market cap of 200 billion yuan (US$28 billion) by 2025, according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
China's investment in the high-tech manufacturing industry further expands by 12% in the first eight months of this year, according to the country's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Investment in medical equipment and manufacturing of apparatus and instruments grows by 17.7%, and that in electronic and communication equipment goes up by 14.5% y-o-y during the period.
Shanghai Futures Exchange started trading yuan-denominated stainless steel futures yesterday, becoming the first of its kind globally. The launch of the stainless steel futures helps provide an open, continuous and transparent price signal and an effective risk management tool for companies in the industrial chain, according to the Shanghai Futures Exchange.
In the first seven months of this year, the tax and fee cuts have saved enterprises and individuals about 1.35 trillion yuan (US$189 billion), according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF). During the period, taxes were reduced by a total of 1.17 trillion yuan. The private sector accounts for 63% of the tax relief. Manufacturing enterprises account for 31% of the total tax reduction.
The total value of bond issuance in China last month totalled 4.4 trillion yuan (US$622.3 billion), up from 3.5 trillion yuan in July， according to the People's Bank of China (PBOC). Being the world's third-largest bond market, China issued 40.8 trillion yuan of bonds in 2018, up 12.9% from the previous year, according to PBoC.
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) has announced that the one-year loan prime rate (LPR), which are used by banks as the major lending rate reference when issuing loans is further cut by 5 bps to 4.2% today. This is the second month in a row that PBoC cuts the LPR. On August 20, the one-year LPR is cut to 4.25%.
Ministry of Finance will issue an additional 4.5 billion (US$634 million) sovereign bonds in Hong Kong next week, using the Central Moneymarkets Unit (CMU) under the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) in 159 countries and regions amounted to 493.09 billion yuan (US$70 billion) in the first eight months of this year, up 2.7% y-o-y, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) is working on rolling out new regulations servicing their decision of removing the quota limits of QFII and RQFII. Offshore money accounts for a low portion in both China's equity and bond markets, according to SAFE, noting that this move will attract long term investment from overseas investors.
The investment in developing property in China reached 8.46 trillion yuan (US$1.2 trillion) during the first eight months, recording an increase of 10.5% y-o-y in 2018 of this year, down from the 10.6% registered in the first seven months, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics. Chinese regulators have been tightening the regulation on the real estate market and it has become harder for property developers to borrow money from the banks.
Chinese regulators will issue a series of rules to enhance the supervision on small-to-medium-sized banks, as well as financial institutions such as local asset management companies and small lending platforms. In the meantime, the national platform of risk control is under construction, aiming to further regulate the financial market.
The guideline for stock exchanges supervising venture capital funds is rolled out by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), saying that the bourses should form specialized rules for venture capital funds. The specialised rules should publicise the supervisor of such funds and the detailed duties and supervision process.
A new index tracking the performance of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) healthcare industry is launched this week. The index covers 30 stocks in the GBA healthcare industry.
China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has listed 12 priorities of deepening reform China's capital market, China will support the new science and technology innovation board (STAR) and encourage listed companies to enhance their quality, according to the plan. The country will further reform ChiNext, China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, and see faster reform in China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ).
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) announces that the quota limit for QFII and RQFII are removed. The regulator has been working on opening up the capital market and enhancing the reform of schemes such as QFII and RQFII. This move will provide more convenience to foreign investors and boost Chinese bond and equity markets.
Shanghai plans to further open up the market to attract foreign investors by issuing 26 new rules. Shanghai aims to become the top choices for foreign investors when it comes to overseas investment.
China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) saw its revenue increase by 6.82% in the first half of this year. The total revenue of 9,024 firms listed on NEEQ as of August 30 stood at 851.78 billion yuan (US$119.8 billion), up 6.82% compared to the same period last year.
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has signed a cooperative agreement with the Shanghai government. At least 10 central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will roll out projects and setting up innovative institutions in Shanghai, boosting sectors such as integrated circuit, AI, biopharmaceutics and new energy.
China's central bank will include P2P online lending firms in its credit reference system in a move to crack down on irregular practices. P2P lending platforms in operation shall provide certain information such as online lending interest rates. Certain data of those platforms out of operation will still be collected.
Premier Li Keqiang held a State Council meeting on September 4 2019, pointing out several upcoming key policy measures. The State Council noted that local government bond issuance should be sped up and it will timely apply general rates cut and rate cut towards specific sectors as well for financial inclusion. It is expected that the rate cut may take place in September 2019.
As China tightened the financing rules for property developers in August 2019, the offshore financing amount has dropped significantly compared to July 2019. Since July 2019, multiple restrictions on USD bond and REITs have been imposed by the regulators. In early August 2019, 32 cities were named to be examined on financing towards property developers.
70 major listed Chinese real estate developers have generally seen a drop in their house sales in the first half of 2019, according to a research entity under Sina.com. Top five real estate developers accounted for 43.7% of total revenue of the 70 companies. China Overseas, Country Garden and China Evergrande ranked top three in terms of net profit attributable to shareholders in the first half.
A total of 292 overseas institutions have received quotas amounting to about US$111.38 billion under China's Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) program to move money into China, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE). As of Aug 30, the quota in the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) program came in at 693.3 billion yuan (US$97.8 billion).
Chinese regulators have been tightening the real estate market by raising the mortgage loan interest rate and restricting the bank lending to real estate developers. However, some of the small-to-medium local banks have been raising funds for illegal property developers and lending money to unqualified property developing projects, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), noticing that the banks should manage the credit risks.
More supportive regulations and measures will be rolled out to support the development of the Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ). Qualified enterprises will be supported to raise funds; certain enterprises in sectors such as integrated circuit, AI, bio-pharmaceutics, aerospace and new energy automobiles will be supported to do IPOs and might enjoy favourable taxation policies.
Amid Chinese regulators' actions of tightening the supervision on the real estate market, many banks have received notices from the regulators, saying that the property development loan issuance shall not exceed that of March this year. The property development loan balance will be reduced from 11.04 trillion yuan (US$1.54 trillion) to at most 10.85 trillion yuan, and might be further reduced.
Foreign capital daily inflows into China's A-share market via the Stock Connect programs hit a nine-month record high this week. On August 72, 1.3 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) flowed into the A-share market through the northbound trading of the Stock Connects between mainland China and Hong Kong bourses. Analysts attributed the jump in foreign inflow mainly to the weighting increase of A-share constituents in MSCI indexes.
To boost consumption in China and energize the economy, China's State Council has rolled out 20 new measures. The automobile market is among the markets that will benefit more from the new measures. The purchase restriction of the automobiles in certain cities might be removed. The "nighttime economy" (business activities between 18:00 and 6:00 in the service industry) will also be boosted.
The overarching plan for setting up new free trade zones (FTZs) in Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hebei, Yunan, and Heilongjiang has recently been rolled out by China's State Council. The FTZ in Shandong will explore new practices of economic cooperation among China, Japan and Korea.
After releasing a plan to reform the country's loan prime rate (LPR) mechanism, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) told 24 major financial institutions to adopt the new the LPR mechanism as soon as possible amid a reform to reduce financing costs for enterprises. Introduced in 2013, the LPR functions as a market-based reference for lenders to set their loan interest rates. Banks are expected to take the LPR as the major lending rate reference when issuing loans.
China's Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs and China National Intellectual Property Administration will hold three closed-door meetings regarding the implementation of the Foreign Investment Law, customs clearance facilitation and the protection of intellectual property soon. China will continue to facilitate foreign investment and trade while stimulating consumption amid a complicated and slowing global economy.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has drafted a guideline for a side pocket mechanism in mutual funds and started to seek public opinions. A side pocket is a mechanism often used by a fund to keep illiquid, hard-to-value, and often highly risky assets separate from its other assets. The mechanism will enhance liquidity risk management and protect investors.
Net profits of China's 131 listed securities companies during the first half of 2019 doubled from the same period a year earlier, amounting to 66.7 billion yuan (US$9.52 billion U.S. dollars), according to the Securities Association of China. These securities firms generated 178.94 billion yuan in operating revenue during the same period, up 41% y-o-y.
The People's Bank of China is almost ready to launch an official digital currency after five years of research, according to an official from the central bank. Private institutions are expected to participate more in creating the government-backed digital currency. Experts predicted that if things go well, the Chinese government-backed digital currency may come out earlier than the official launch of Facebook's digital currency "Libra".
Borrowing costs will become lower for small and privately-owned companies in China starting today through a key loan prime rate (LPR) mechanism reform carried out by the People's Bank of China. The new one-year LPR is 6 bps lower than the one-year LPR before the PBOC’s announcements.
The State Council of China says that Shenzhen will be supported to form a model zone and a series of supportive measures are expected to roll out. One of the key missions of the zone will be deploying the Greater Bay Area and develop new practices for "one country, two systems". Shenzhen will promote the mutual recognition of funds (MRF) between mainland China and Hong Kong and enhance the connectivity between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong/Macau financial markets.
Regulators are developing policies to facilitate privately-owned banks' healthy growth in China. Amid this policy push, more local privately-owned banks are expected to be launched in China. A number of such banks are waiting for approval from the regulators.
China generated 4.82 trillion yuan (US$683 billion) in online retail sales during the first half of this year. Online retail sales surged 17.8% y-o-y in the first half, accounting for nearly 20% of the overall retail sales of consumer goods.
Non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) in 153 countries and regions amounted to 432.92 billion yuan (US$61.6 billion) in the first seven months, up 3.3% y-o-y, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
Being the home to more than 700 regional headquarters of multinational corporations, Shanghai will issue new policies to attract more regional headquarters to settle in the city and to expand their functions. The requirement for the total assets of parent companies of regional headquarters has been adjusted to US$200 million, according to the policies.
China will roll out a new negative list for foreign investors by September. The Chinese regulators have been further opening up the market and the new list will generate more convenience for foreign investors coming to China and simpler administration process.
China will launch a platform for supply chain finance to facilitate information disclosure of medium-sized, small and micro enterprises, data from an industry association showed. The platform will collect, organize and process information of these companies from related supply chains and industry chains, according to the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA). The platform will provide certain companies with low-cost and sustainable financial services while enabling financial institutions to identify clients and control the risks of lending, according to NIFA.
The Belgium-based financial messaging services provider SWIFT set up a wholly-owned enterprise in Beijing this week amid China's further opening of its financial market. The move makes RMB the third international currency accepted by SWIFT after the dollar and the euro. The company will promote wider international use of RMB, and increase connectivity between the Chinese financial industry and the international market.
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) has announced that it will issue 30 billion yuan (US$4.3 billion) of central bank bills in Hong Kong on August 14. Among the total, 20 billion yuan will mature in three months and 10 billion yuan will mature in a year. This happens after renminbi weakened 458 pips to 6.9683 against the US dollar.
People's Bank of China (PBoC) has lifted its re-lending quota by 50 billion yuan (US$7.25 billion) to support the fundraising of small-to-medium enterprises and private-owned businesses. The re-lending quota will be granted to five types of local financial institutions－city commercial banks, rural commercial banks, rural cooperative banks, village banks and private banks.
In order to enhance the function of the Pudong New Area, the Shanghai Government has rolled out a new developing plan to further open up the area. The supporting initiatives will bring breakthrough and make a difference in the area, according to the government.
China's asset-backed securities (ABS) hit an annual record in June in terms of total asset under management (AUM), according to the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC), noting that 100 batches of ABS products worth 107.5 billion yuan (US$15.6 billion) were registered in June. By the end of June, 132 institutions have registered for 2,244 batches of ABS products, accounting for 3.04 trillion yuan.
The annuity from provinces including Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, as well as Beijing and central government and state-owned enterprises, has been put into investment, according to a source talking to cnstock.com. This generates new markets in the asset management space, with more provinces putting annuity into operation.
Despite a strong momentum, Chinese small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still facing challenges from the economic pressures. Chinese regulators will roll out more supportive measures such as tax cuts and fee reductions. The measures will help to vitalize the SME industry.
More state-owned enterprises (SOEs) reforming projects will be rolled our during the second half of this year. The fourth batch of SOEs will soon roll out plans for mixed-ownership reforms.
China's sci-tech innovation board (STAR) will not drain large amounts of funds from other domestic boards as the turnover on the new board accounted for a small proportion in combined trading volume of the A-share market. The 48.5-billion-yuan (US$7.06 billion U.S. dollars) trading volume, reported by the first batch of 25 firms that debuted at the new board on the first trading day, is less than 10% of the total turnover of China's A-share market.
Shenzhen Futian District has rolled out detailed action plans under the Greater Bay Area (GBA) program. The city will implement 48 assignments and forming a hub for innovation and intelligence.
There are at least nine Chinese corporate bonds defaults happened in July. So far this year, there are 91 bond defaults in all, accounting for 49.29 billion yuan (US$7.16).
The sci-tech innovation board (STAR), China's latest Nasdaq-style high-tech board, started trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) today. The first batch of 25 listed firms on STAR had strong performance today. As of Monday's closing, they gained about 140% on average, with one of them surging more than 400%.
A financing platform for small-and-medium-sized enterprises in Guangdong province will be officially launched in September, aiming to efficiently provide fundraising solutions for SMEs, according to Chinese officials. The platform will be an open financing ecological system, based on the integration of big data of company credits and financing solutions, says the official.
Shenzhen is planning to roll out the standards for green funds next year, according to local officials. A green finance lab will be set up this year in October with the support from the United Nations Environment Programme.
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) has announced that the regulators will continue to open up the capital market and enhance the reform of schemes such as QFII and RQFII. The quota for QFII might be increased or the limit might be removed, says officials from SAFE.
Chinese regulator is planning to launch pilot programs of the personal bankruptcy system during the second half of this year, according to a source talking to the China Securities Journal.
China's GDP growth has slowed during the first half of this year, up 6.3% y-o-y. Chinese regulators will continue to The negative list of foreign investment will be further shortened to encourage foreign investors entering the Chinese market. On the other hand, regulators plan to further cut import taxes.
Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are encouraged to list on the new high science and technology trading platform (科创板). The regulator has accepted listing applications from 14 central SOEs so far.
China’s National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ), also known as the “new third board”, has raised 17.415 billion yuan (US$2.53 billion) in the first half (H1) of this year. A total of 364 firms made 369 issuances of stocks during this period, according to NEEQ, noting that 184 issuances were made by small and micro firms, raising a total of 3.898 billion yuan.
The investment in China's real estate market has been increasing rapidly since last year. The growth during the first half of this year is maintained at 10%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. The Bureau predicts steady growth for this market, noting that there will not be too much fluctuation during the second half of this year.
The number of train stations in mainland China with direct connections to Hong Kong has grown to 58 after a new railway operating plan taking effect this week. The new plan links 13 more high-speed train stations to Hong Kong, including stations in provinces such as Hebei, Hunan, Guizhou and Guangxi.
Chinese banks may face slower profit growth and rising pressure on their asset quality due to uncertainties in global economic growth, rising trade friction, and tightened regulation, according to a report released by the China Banking Association. Chinese banks will have to deal with risks relating to the cleaning up of the unprofitable enterprises, potential credit default by some real estate companies, and risks from local government debt.
Chinese regulators will tighten the supervision on the fundraising through real estate investment trusts (REITs), according to sources talking to the China Securities Journal. Trust companies are required to report their REITs fundraising activities in advance and the reports will be reviewed by regulators case by case. The institutions involved in any rejected report will be further investigated.
China has released a guideline to underline information disclosure and strengthen supervision on credit defaulters on the new high science and technology trading platform (科创板). Regualtors will strictly examine the companies applying to be listed on the new board and expose credit defaulters, according to the guideline by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). Companies that have been blacklisted by other government departments or in other spheres will be singled out in the examination procedures.
China has rolled out a credit rating system for mainland residents. This system is expected to be deployed in the Greater Bay Area as well, according to a proposal by the Guangdong government.
People's Bank of China (PBoC) will enhance the research and development of its own digital currency. As fintech develops, the role of commercial banks being the mediator in transactions has been weakened, which generates more risks in terms of supervision, according to PBoC, noting that the central bank issuing digital currency will enhance the efficiency of the monetary policy and the enhance the supervision on the financial market.
DouYu International Holdings, an esports live streaming platform in China, announced terms for its initial public offering (IPO) on the US stock market this week. The company plans to offer 67,387,110 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) at a price range of 11.50 U.S. dollars to 14.00 dollars apiece, according to its latest prospectus.
The first batch of market open ceremonies for the companies to be list on the new high science and technology trading platform (科创板) is expected to launch on July 22nd. Twenty-five companies from sectors such as IT and telecom will go public on the new board, aiming to raise a total of 31.09 billion yuan (US$4.51 billion). By the end of July 5th, SSE has received 142 companies' application for listing.
China continued to be the second largest insurance market in 2018 and is expected to surpass the US in the mid-2030s to become the world's largest insurance market. China's total premiums have reached US$575 billion last year. Its share of the global premiums went from zero in 1980 to 11% in 2018 and is forecast to reach 20% over the next decade.
As of June 21, China's monthly local government bond issuance has exceeded 594 billion yuan (US$86.3 billion). The country is accelerating local government bond issuance and has planned to issue over 200 billion yuan during the last week of June, hitting a record high of this year. This is said to stabilize economic growth and market expectations.
China’s mutual funds reached 13.91 trillion yuan (US$2 trillion) by the end of April this year, according to the Asset Management Association of China. This number dropped slightly compared to March's 13.94 trillion yuan. The mutual funds are managed by 124 fund management companies, and 80 of them are domestic firms while the rest are joint ventures.
China’s online retail sales reached 3.86 trillion yuan (US$562 billion) in the first five months of this year, accounting for over 20% of the country’s total retail sales of consumer goods, according to the 2019 China E-Commerce H1 Report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The total imports and exports of the cross-border e-commerce increased by 50% last year.
Cross-border transactions of insurance products within the Greater Bay Area (GBA) are in the pipeline. The Connect is a special channel for the marketing, sales and transaction of insurance products between mainland China and Hong Kong. The Insurance Connect will follow the framework of the Stock Connect and Bond Connect.
Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) will run the final test on the new high science and technology trading platform (科创板) this Saturday (June 15). The system will be open to market participants if it passes the test.
The Bond Connect program connecting mainland China and Hong Kong has seen a trading volume of 158.6 billion yuan (US$23 billion) with an average daily turnover reaching 7.6 billion yuan last month, according to China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS). The Bond Connect attracted 108 new clients globally last month with the debut of investors from Thailand, expanding its coverage to 28 countries and regions.
State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) has announced to simplify insurance companies' settlement of foreign exchange capital. Insurers will no longer need to get approvals for such settlements and willingness settlement of foreign exchange capital will be in place for insurers, meaning that insurance companies can conduct such settlements via financial institutions. This move will increase the capital efficiency of insurance companies.
China's online retailer giant JD has launched a smart logistics centre after trial runs in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. With floor space of nearly 300,000 square metres, the warehouse facility applies smart technologies such as automated sorting. NetEase Kaola, a cross-border e-commerce company, has also opened a new cross-border intelligent bonded warehouse in east China's Zhejiang Province. Intelligent and automatic warehousing and logistics equipment such as shuttle vehicles, automatic package sorters and conveyors for boxes have been deployed.
Futu Holdings, a Hong Kong-based online brokerage backed by Tencent, announced this week that the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority have granted a clearing license to its wholly-owned US subsidiary, Futu Clearing Inc., enabling the entity to provide clearing, settlement and asset custody services to customers and other introducing brokers in the US. Founded in 2011, the company went public by listing its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on Nasdaq on March 8.
Chinese mobile phone users can expect to use 5G network soon in August. Licenses for Chinese mobile telecom operator running 5G business will be issued this week.
Liu Shiyu, the former chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), is under investigation. During Liu's tenure of two years and 11 months, CSRC approved 710 IPOs and seven companies exited the A-share market. The Chinese stock market has increased by about 3.9 trillion yuan (US$563 billion) during his tenure, with the number of retail investors increased by 46 million.
In order to improve the convenience of foreign investors investing in the China interbank bond market (CIBM), the People's Bank of China and the country's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) are consulting the market. The proposed rules say that foreign institutional investors are allowed to conduct two-way transfers the interbank bonds held be the accounts under QFII/RQFII and CIMB Direct.
China announced that it will raise the rate of additional tariffs imposed on some of the imported US products from June 1. China had earlier imposed additional tariffs on the US$60 billion of US imports, rising the tariff rates on certain products to 25%, 20% and 10%. The decision came after the US announcement of increasing tariffs on the US$200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%.
China’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) saw its managed assets rise to 2.96 trillion yuan (US$437.9 billion) as of the end of 2018, according to the National Council for Social Security Fund. Official data showed the fund gained 184.6 billion yuan in 2017, recording a return of 9.68%. The fund's annualized return is around 8.44% since inception.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) will soon issue virtual bank licenses to four institutions, namely Tenpay of Tencent, OneConnect of Ping An Insurance, a joint venture by Xiaomi, and Ant Financial of Alibaba. The licensed virtual banks will be officially launched around June to September, according to HKMA.
China's digital economy reached 31.3 trillion yuan (US$4.6 trillion) in 2018, accounting for 34.8% of the country's total GDP, according to a recent report released by the Cyberspace Administration of China. The outstanding loans of China's enterprises on science and technology stood at 3.53 trillion yuan as of the end of last year. With more than 600 million users of online payment, the country's online retail sales surpassed 9 trillion yuan last year.
In order to reduce the cost of the fundraising of small-to-micro enterprises, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) will lower the cash reserve ratio requirements for certain banks. The new rules will take effect on May 15th.
The cross-border revenue and expenditure of China's southwestern Yunnan Province hit US$6.87 billion from January to March, up 6.86% y-o-y. In Q1 2019, the total amount of foreign exchange settlements by banks in Yunnan reached US$3.167 billion, up 18.66% y-o-y. Bordering Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Yunnan has accelerated economic and trade cooperation with southeast Asian countries in recent years.
Out of the 1,468 listed companies on the Shanghai Stock ExchangE, 1,466 had disclosed their 2018 financial information by the end of April. These companies have raised a total fund of 33.5 trillion yuan (US$4.97 trillion) last year, up 11% y-o-y. A report from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange revealed that 2,156 of the 2,159 companies listed on the exchange had disclosed their annual financial information, raking in 11.95 trillion yuan in revenue, up 13.33% y-o-y.
The regulations on foreign banks and insurance companies operating in China will be rolled out soon. So far six foreign insurers have launched their business in China. The new regulations will further reduce the restrictions on foreign insurers operating in China, which will attract more players to tap this market, according to Chinese officials.
Revenue of China's IT services increases by 16.7% y-o-y, reaching 858.3 billion yuan (US$127.56 billion) in the first three months of this year, according to a report by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The revenue of cloud services rises by 15.4% compared to the previous year, with big data services up 20.7%. The revenue of information safety products and services reached 20.7 billion yuan in the first three months, up 13.4% y-o-y.
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) of China issued a guideline yesterday to facilitate the settlement for cross-border e-commerce. According to the guideline, payment institutions are allowed to offer market entities certain electronic payment services via banks. They can also provide Chinese residents with foreign exchange services for cross-border shopping, overseas education and tourism, the guideline says.
Loans issued to China's real estate sector grew at a slower pace in Q1 2019 as government purchase restrictions remain in place in major cities. By the end of last month, 40.52 trillion yuan (US$6.02 trillion) of loans are issued to the property sector, up 18.7% on year, according to a report from the People's Bank of China (PBoC). This growth is 1.3% lower than that of the end of last year. Outstanding loans for individual purchases went up by 17.6%, reaching 26.87 trillion yuan, retreating 0.2% from the end of last year.
In order to maintain high-quality growth of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, China will promote the use of sustainable finance to stress some of the debt issues, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) of China. A fundraising guide will also be issued jointly by the financial regulators of the 28 countries involved in the BRI.
Media has been reporting that the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) plans to relax the restrictions on IPO applications and simplify the application process. CSRC says there is no change in the application process and the strict supervision on IPOs will remain.
China’s reform on individual income tax will increase consumer spending by 717.6 billion yuan (US$107.2 billion), according to a recent report. Middle-to-low-income groups, in particular, benefit from the reform. Urban residents with monthly income below 10,000 yuan enjoying tax cuts of more than 60%.
The Chinese online gaming sector is seeing some signs od rebound after the regulators started to issue licenses for new games. DouYu International Holdings Limited, a game-centric live streaming platform in China, filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange this week. With an expectation to raise up to US$500 million, this offering will be mainly used to invest in content, for research and development, for marketing to promote the brand and for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.
China will intensively crack down on the illegal fundraising cases from April to June, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). Regulators will also roll out rules on dealing with the illegal fundraising cases within the first half of this year.
The Monetary Authority of Macao is researching the possibility of using renminbi for quoting prices and settling accounts, according to Chinese media. This move will support the renminbi internationalization and energize the financial market of Macau.
An incubator for cultivating talents in cross-border e-commerce was launched this week in the Liaoning free trade zone (FTZ), the only FTZ in Northeast China. Being the home to more than 600 “hatching studios” and multiple training classrooms, conference halls and company service centres, the hub will invite experts in foreign trade and professional cross-border e-commerce companies to train start-ups regarding international trade and cross-border e-commerce issues.
Taiwan enterprises are supported to be listed in mainland China, according to the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China. The regulator says that there is no regulatory obstacles for Taiwan enterprises to apply for listing on the new high science and technology trading platform (科创板). So far there are more than 30 Taiwan enterprises already listed on Chinese A-share market.
In March this year, 40 listed real estate enterprises in China have raised a total of 102.42 billion yuan, hitting a record high since November 2017. Debt financing is the major financing tool for these enterprises, taking 96.19% of the total funds raised in March.
People's Bank of China has rolled out a more convenient mechanism for retail investors to buy Chinese treasury bonds. Retail investors can buy these bonds through online channels and branches of the underwriters during the whole month of April. The treasury bonds used to be open to retail investors only for 10 days in April.
Chinese has relaxed the restrictions of the household registration, or the hukou system. Cities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) including Zhuhai, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing will remove the restrictions of immigrants applying for registrating the hukou under these cities. Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguang will improve the points-based household registration system. As the household registration system is closely related to purchasing houses, the moves of the regulators will boost the real estate market in the region.
The regulations on refinancing will be revised and relaxed. The ceiling of refinancing equity issuance will be relaxed to 50% from the previous 20% of a company's total shares.
In order to solve the difficulties of smaller enterprises in raising fund, Chinese regulators will roll out supportive rules for such enterprises. Smaller enterprises are encouraged to go public. The process of listing application can be simplified.
The civil aviation development fund will be reduced by about 50%, according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. This move will significantly reduce the cost of aviation companies and energize the performance of the stocks in this sector, according to Chinese analysts.
In order to further control the risk of the online lending industry, Chinese regulators have agreed to tighten the supervision on this sector this year. Key focuses include monitoring data and information disclosure. The regulators will crack down on the illegal lending platforms.
The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) has recently announced that it had accepted 37 companies’ applications to be listed on China’s new high science and technology trading platform (科创板). The companies have to go through the second stage of audit and inquiry before they can successfully be listed on the board. The board was launched to boost the development of high-tech sectors and advance economic transition leveraging financial reforms.
Chinese regulators are revising the rules on reinsurance, according to a source talking to 21jingji.com. The move aims to provide a more relaxed policy environment for the industry regarding requirements on under-weighting and lock-in.
China will issue the first batch of public REITs soon. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hainan are on the list of pilot cities for these private REITs.
Foreign institutional investors have paced up to enter the Chinese bond market since 2019, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS). Products offered by global asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard Group have appeared in the Chinese market. The number of new accounts opened during the first quarter of this year by foreign institutional investors is close to 300, accounting for 70% of the total number of new accounts opened in 2018.
China should consider rolling out credit default swap (CDS) products in the future, according to Xie Zhong, chairman of Shanghai Clearing House. China's market has already shown great potential in the rate derivatives and forex derivatives, according to Xie. In order to mitigate the risk in the credit market, more sophisticated financial tools including CDS should be rolled out, Xie says.
The foreign debt of China continued to grow in 2018, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), noting that the overall growth rate slowed down. The foreign debt risk was generally controllable.
China will further open up the financial market, according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, noting that the regulators will once again roll out a revised negative list for foreign investment in June. Sectors such as telecommunication, healthcare, education, transportation, infrastructure, and energy will be further opened up to foreign investment.
The number of gaming companies IPO applying for IPO in March has declined to six from the ten of same time last year. This is due to the tightened regulation on the industry, according to Chinese analysts.
Shanghai government has issued 25 new rules to support innovation and vitalize the tech sector. The recent official launch of new high tech trade platform (科创板) has offered the opportunity, according to Shanghai officials, noting that the city aims to take the chance, building its innovation capability and connecting to the global innovation network.
China will continue to control the risk of the financial market, with a focus on stock pledge risk and bond default risk, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). Meanwhile, the regulator will improve the fundraising environment and support direct finance.
The Shanghai Stock Exchange began accepting IPO applications for the new high tech trade platform (科创板) yesterday. The bourse disclosed the progress of reviewing these applications on its official website. The market might see the first group of offerings in June, according to analysts.
China has reduced 1.3 trillion yuan (US$193.6 billion) of taxation in 2018. This year, the country's regulators will further strengthen their efforts in this to vitalize the economy. As the burden of Chinese enterprises will be further reduced, the market is expected to see more innovation coming up, according to the regulators.
Last year, there were 10,531 complaints about online insurance companies in China, according to China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). The number records 121.01% growth on year. The number of complaints about non-life insurance companies increased by 128.25% y-o-y in 2018, reaching 8,484, according to the regulator.
The stock value of Kweichow Moutai, a Chinese liquor (白酒) brand has hit a new record high today. Its stock price increased by 4.22% today, with the market value of the company exceeding 10.176 trillion yuan (US$1.52 trillion).
The investment from Hong Kong and Macau accounts for 70% of the total foreign investment into mainland China, according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, highlighting that the country has been attaching great importance to the sector. Investors from Hong Kong and Macau can refer to the newly enacted foreign investment law, says Li, noting that a more complete and unified policy environment will attract more investment from the two markets.
China’s national legislature today passed the foreign investment law at the closing meeting of its annual session. With a more complete regulation on the entry, promotion, protection and management of foreign investment, the law aims to improve the transparency of foreign investment policies. This new fundamental law ensures domestic and foreign enterprises are subject to a unified set of rules.
Hong Kong government will set up an office with more than 30 staff to manage projects relating to the Greater Bay Area.
The growth of bond issuance in China has paced up this year. A number of Chinese central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have recently submitted their plans of raising funds through bonds. In March, more than five SOEs has announced their plans of bond issuance, ranging from 10 billion yuan (US$1.49 billion) to 30 billion yuan.
The financial tools serving small-to-micro enterprises will be improved, according to a new notice by China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). The loans issued to these enterprises should maintain a rational growth in 2019, the notice requires. Major banks in China should lead and contribute to the growth.
China has cut 200 billion yuan (US$29.8 billion) of tax from October last year and January this year. The first nine months of last year have seen an increase of 20% y-o-y in the taxation and in October, the country launched the taxation reform last year. The taxation in January 2019 was reduced by 23.5% on year.
China will further crack down on the non-performing loans (NPLs) in 2019, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC).
Chinese regulator will further tighten the supervision on the financial system to prevent the risks. Four areas, namely non-performing loans, liquidity risk of small-to-medium-size banks, shadow banking and real estate loan, will be the key focuses of the regulators.
China will enact new laws on property taxation in 2019, according to the country's top officials.
Chinese regulators say that insurance companies are encouraged to do long term investment in the capital market. Financial institutions are supported to diversify and expand the capital inflow. In addition, China will support the development of venture capital (VC) as part of the efforts to boost innovation, according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The trend of venture capital and private equity (PE) firms powering China’s innovation will be intensified in the years ahead, Chinese analysts predict.
Chinese officials of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) suggest that more reforms should be rolled out to support the private enterprises. Compared with State-owned enterprises, private enterprises have seen more difficulties partly due to insufficient credit support. These companies should be given tangible benefits in terms of steady development and fair competition.
Bank of China (BOC) Malaysia Branch launched its Wealth Management Banking Center this week. Being the first among BOC's Southeast Asian entities to do so, the service is geared towards high net-worth individual customers through personalized wealth management advice. The bank is also redefining the digital agenda to enhance customers experience in the region.
AlipayHK users will soon be able to use the mobile payment app in mainland Chinese cities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). So far, the mainland Chinese version of Alipay can be used in Hong Kong while the Hong Kong version is only applicable to the local market. In the long run, AlipayHK's users will be able to pay in most of the cities in mainland China, the company says.
China will do more to attract foreign investment in 2019, according to a government work report released today. The country will further relax controls over market access, simplify the negative list for foreign investment, and permit wholly foreign-funded enterprises to operate in more sectors, according to the report. Foreign investors' legitimate rights and interests will be further protected, the report says.
China will reduce the tax burdens and social insurance contributions of enterprises by about 2 trillion yuan (US$298 billion) this year, according to a government work report issued today. Regulators will mainly focus on reducing tax burdens on the manufacturing sector and small and micro business, according to the report.
China will improve the law system serving to the opening up of the financial market, according to Chinese officials. In addition to the regulations on foreign investment, laws relating to securities and resource tax will be revised or enacted this year.
Pan Gongsheng, administrator of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and deputy governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) will come to Hong Kong this month to discuss with local regulators on implementing the newly issued Greater Bay Area Plan.
In order to promote the development and application of AI, Chinese officials are discussing to improve the relevant regulations on this industry. Major topics include data security and personal information protection.
Shanghai Stock Exchange has opened a centre in Guangzhou today. The centre will serve the Greater Bay Area, providing convenience to the capital market in Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan. Services relating to the new high tech trade platform (科创板) will be a major focus of this centre.
In order to attract more long term investment, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is considering to crack down on the illegal practice in the capital market. The cost of violating regulations and rules will be raised, according to the regulator. The investor education will be introduced to the general public, promoting rational investment and long term investment.
China issued a total of US$31.2 billion (208.63 billion yuan) green bonds last year, according to a report issued by China Central Depository & Clearing and Climate Bonds Initiative. With a 33% of year-on-year growth in issuance in 2018, the country continues to be the world’s second-largest green bond market. Industrial Bank of China takes up 23% of last year’s total issuance, becoming the largest issuer in China and the second largest worldwide.
Chinese regulators are supporting qualified private enterprises to issue bonds for fundraising in a bid to help them ease financing difficulties. In November and December last year, private companies issued a total of 155 billion yuan of bonds up 70% y-o-y, according to a report from the People’s Bank of China.
Guangdong province’s high import and export volume has been attributed in part to the restructuring and upgrading of foreign trade companies and innovation in science and technology. With the release of the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, Guangdong’s foreign trade will maintain its strong growth momentum throughout the year, say Chinese experts.
China’s shared office market, or co-working space market, will see more mergers and acquisitions this year and the next as more resources and capital flow into top operators, according to a recent report by the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. Last year, 40 co-working space brands exited the market, with about 3% of them being acquired. The top 10 companies take up 37% of the total area of co-working space in China, compared to 75% for the top 100 companies, showing a trend of market centralization.
Chinese regulators took control of Anbang in February last year, part of a sweeping campaign to reduce financial risk. This was supposed to be ended in February this year, but the regulators have decided to prolong it to February next year.
The China Banking Association (CBA) and the Securities Association of China (SAC) have planned to lower the costs of their member institutions, with the CBA expecting to reduce membership fees by 14.5 million yuan (US$2.1 million) in 2019. This move is to boost members’ roles in serving the real economy which is now one of the major national strategic plans of China.
Chinese regulators will reduce the taxes and fees in the capital market to relieve enterprises' burden and vitalize the market. The Securities Association of China (SAC) has issued a relevant notice recently.
The property industry in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) will benefit from the GBA Outline Development Plan issued this week, according to Chinese analysts. Residence, office buildings and industrial logistics properties are expected to grow.
Regulators from mainland China and Hong Kong is discussing to launch a cross-border investing mechanism. Under the newly issued overarching plan of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Hong Kong, which has been a bridge connecting mainland China to the world, will be transformed into an active participant, according to Hong Kong regulator, noting that interested parties need to move fast and seize the opportunity. In the meantime, Guangdong is considering expanding the free trade zone (FTZ) in the province.
China is planning to form a batch of pilot zones to promote the AI technology. Beijing has already launched one. The zone will focus on exploring an innovative system to develop the AI technology through coordinating efforts of the government, academia and the industry, aiming to develop Beijing into a major producer of AI-related theories, ideas and talent.
The economic slowdown in China has seen the headcount reduction in quite a few companies. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has recently announced that it will reduce the number of senior executives by 10% in 2019. These will include the nearly 100 executives with positions higher than vice presidents, meaning that about 10 senior executives might lose their jobs this year.
According to the outline of the development blueprint for the Greater Bay Area (GBA) released yesterday evening, the main focus of the initiative is to strengthen the cooperation among the three areas in order to turn the GBA into a world-class innovation and technology hub and an efficient gateway between the mainland and the outside world, particularly the economies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Net capital inflow into China’s A-share market through stock connects hit a record high in January with a total net inflow of 60.69 billion yuan (US$8.97 billion) through the northbound trading of the Stock Connect. This marks the first time that the monthly net inflow exceeds 60 billion yuan since the Stock Connect's launch in 2014.
Chinese regulators are considering to integrate the financial assets of certain central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) through transfers and sales. The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) will soon roll out regulations regarding this. The People's Bank of China (PBoC) and interested parties are discussing to issue a special regulation to supervise the financial holding arms of central SOEs.
The overarching framework of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) will be issued this evening, according to sources talking to Hong Kong media.
China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) has announced that Wu Jianfei （吴剑飞）, a veteran fund manager, is approved to be the general manager of Anbang Asset Management. Wu used to be a general manager at Minsheng Royal Fund Management.
Over 90% of the tendered bridge and tunnel projects of the China-Laos railway will be completed by the end of 2019, says the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. (LCRC), noting that the construction of the key projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is entering the critical phase in 2019.
Didi Chuxing Technology, a Chinese ride-sharing, artificial intelligence and autonomous technology conglomerate, was reported to have a total loss of 10.9 billion yuan (US$1.61 billion) during the past financial year, up 336% y-o-y. This number was 2.5 billion yuan in the previous year. The loss in 2018 is related to the two murders by Didi drivers. In addition, the company spent 11.3 billion yuan on the drivers' allowance during the 2018 financial year.
China has been rolling out measures of reducing taxation to boost consumption. Companies in the postal service and logistics industry are expected to see tax reduction soon.
The G60 High-Tech Corridor, an alliance that promotes the integration among nine cities in the Yangtze River Delta including Shanghai and Hangzhou, will sign a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) this Friday. The G60 High-Tech Corridor Index will be launched then. The index will include 161 stocks, accounting for a total valuation of 1.5 trillion yuan (US$222 billion).
Shenzhen has launched the construction of 31 Greater Bay Area (GBA) projects which account for a total investment of 74.8 billion yuan (US$11.1 billion). Major projects include new transport infrastructure and forming a new city centre in Qianhai, a pilot free trade zone in Shenzhen.
Chongqing has been improving its regulatory environment and simplifying the procedures of setting up a business or a project. Therefore, a total of 12,768 enterprises were set up in the pilot free trade zone (FTZ) of Chongqing in 2018. The total registered capital of the newly established enterprises surpassed 128 billion yuan (US$18.89 billion).
The growth of consumption in China might slow down this year, according to the Ministry of Commerce, noting that more measures will be rolled out to boost consumption.
China’s information consumption saw a rapid increase last year, with the total business volume of the telecommunication sector rose by 137.9% y-o-y, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The services of 4G continued to develop last year, with the number of users hitting 1.17 billion. The price of a number of Chinese stocks relating to the 5G industry rose its daily limits this morning.
Chinese regulators plan to upgrade state-owned investment companies, particularly in terms of the management model, distribution of industries, and structural reforms. There are 122 Chinese state-owned enterprises with reforms underway, and so far, 11 of them are state-owned investment companies.
UnionPay provides support to the payment and settlement of some of the online red packets this year. UnionPay cleared 261.7 billion yuan (US$38.8 billion) of payment and settlement on Chinese New year Eve (February 4), recording a growth of 81.3% on year.
The cross-border e-commerce pilot zone in Guangdong launched a new import business model this month. Under this business model, e-commerce platforms can purchase a large number of goods from overseas according to market forecasts and consumer demands, and these bonded goods are allowed to be imported and stored in certain areas in the pilot zone before delivered to consumers individually. With the new business model, the pilot zone which is located in Zhuhai might energize the cross-border e-commerce business among the Greater Bay Area cities including Hong Kong and Macau.
Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) and RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) are allowed to invest in the stock listed on China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ), also known as the “new third board”, according to a recent announcement by China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). NEEQ will soon roll out relevant regulations. This move will enhance the corporate governance of the companies listed on the NEEQ.
Local governments in China have lowered the GDP growth targets for 2019 amid the economic downturn. This will be good for the country's economic restructuring and high-quality development. Last year, Guangdong led the country's economic growth with a 6.8% GDP growth.
Bloomberg has confirmed today that Chinese renminbi government bonds will be added to the US$54 trillion Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate index from April this year. This shows that foreign investors are increasingly more interested in Chinese market, accoring to the PBoC. The regulators also says that the bond market will be further opened up with discussion on new regulations underway.
The draft rules of the new high tech trade platform (科创板) for companies from the innovative technology sector has recently been rolled out. Qualified unprofitable companies and companies with special structure are allowed to list on the new board. The investment threshold for individual investors is set at 500,000 yuan (US$74,507).
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China's foreign trade and investment promotion agency, will work with interested parties to build a new regulatory mechanism to ensure the interests and legitimate rights of domestic companies in overseas markets. The mechanism will establish databases of credit records for state-owned enterprises and a number of private companies, improving information sharing and preventing potential risks.
People's Bank of China (PBoC) will issue central bank bills next month in Hong Kong, according to a source talking to Chinese media. The PBoC has recently announced that it will set up a central bank bills swap (CBS) to encourage Chinese banks to improve the liquidity through perpetual bond issuance.
Chinese regulator will implement a certain amount of subsidy to energy-saving smart home appliances. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) sees smart home appliance sector to attract a total consumption of 700 billion yuan (US$59.41 billion) over the next three years.
Guangdong Province will accelerate a special plan to develop the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), providing policy support for the 11 cities involved. The three parties will jointly build an international science and technology innovation centre, a science and technology innovative corridor, and a group of collaborative laboratories to conduct research and development of advanced technologies. Guangdong recorded a GDP growth of 6.8% in 2018.
Most of the Chinese local governments have lowered the fiscal revenue target for 2019. However, Hainan Province sets its GDP growth target for this year at 7% to 7.5% as the free trade zone (FTZ) continues to expand there. The Province recorded 5.8% of GDP growth last year, falling short of the 7% target.
Tesla's factory in Shanghai has completed the registration and is seeking syndicated loans, according to a source talking to Caixin. A number of domestic banks are reaching out to Tesla, says the source.
The Hong Kong regulator has been encouraging the development of virtual banks to promote fintech. Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) will issue the first batch of virtual bank licenses in the first quarter of this year. The HKMA has received applications from more than 30 institutions as of end August 2018. Tencent, Ant Financial, JD.com, Xiaomi, and Standard Chartered Bank are among the list.
The supply-side structural reform will continue to be a major policy in China. Through deleveraging and eliminating excess capacity, the country aims to improve the quality of economic growth, economists say.
The draft rules of the new high tech trade platform (科创板) for companies from the innovative technology sector has not been rolled out yet, and the board is expected to see the first batch of listings during the first half of this year. It is estimated that there will be 150 companies listing on the new board by the end of this year, raising a total of 50 billion yuan to 100 billion yuan (US$7.37 billion to US$14.74 billion).
Amid the Sino-US trade tension, China recently expresses its attitude towards investing in the US. China will not significantly cut back the investment in US treasury bonds, says the vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).
Major Chinese local governments such as Beijing, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Henan, Hebei and Fujian have lowered the fiscal revenue for 2019 due to the economic downturn and the pressure outside the country. In order to maintain a stable economic growth, the regulators will continue to roll out further measures to reduce the taxation.
Amid the economic downturn and the Sino-US trade tension, some of the large corporates in China including the Internet enterprises are cutting jobs, according to Chinese media. However, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) says today that the recruitment and headcount of most Chinese enterprises especially the Internet companies are reasonable, and the regulator has not observed large scale of job-cuts.
Official data shows that 189 fixed-asset investment projects were approved in China in 2018. The projects are mostly in high-tech, energy, transportation and water conservancy sectors. China’s fixed-asset investment grew 5.9% y-o-y in 2018, reaching 63.56 trillion yuan (US$9.38 trillion) last year.
China’s Jiangxi Province has recently launched 15 regular air routes connecting the province with countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI). The exports of Jiangxi province to major countries along the BRI reached US$12.16 billion in 2018, up 17.5% y-o-y. Flights now link the province with Moscow and Singapore. New cargo flights linking the province with Belgium are also launched.
The supervision on auto insurance industry will be tightened, according to a new notice issued by China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) recently. Insurers are banned from changing the policies and rates without approvals from regulators. Insurers are also required to enhance the quality of information disclosure.
China on Thursday urged the US to stop interfering in China's internal affairs and damaging China's interests, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. Hua says that the US has been making accusations against China on issues including debts, trade, the South China Sea, international rules and religious freedom. China also calls for the US to stop suppressing Chinese telecom companiesthe and to do more things that are conducive to mutual trust and cooperation.
Shenzhen Stock Exchange will further promote the reform in the supply-front in 2019. The bourse encourages new economy companies with new business models to list on the exchange, and calls for further collaboration between private-owned and state-owned enterprises.
Chinese regulators have approved a number of convertible bonds recently and Chinese analysts say the market can expect more issuance this year. There are 246 billion yuan (US$36 billion) of such bonds waiting for approvals so far, according to financial data provider Wind.
Chinese regulators will further enhance the connectivity of bond markets and promote the bond ETF products. China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange is also improving the rules regarding foreign investors participating in the foreign exchange hedging market. Minister of Finance is also seeking to roll out favourable regulations on Chinese treasury bonds.
China is setting up a national-level cyber-security industrial park to develop the industry and enhance the ability of the Chinese tech companies. Over 10 companies specialized in internet security have signed up for this project. The production of this industrial park is expected to exceed 100 billion yuan (US$14.5 billion) by 2020.
Chinese tech giant Tencent's mobile game, Honor of Kings, is reported to make about 13 billion yuan (US$1.92 billion) in 2018, ranking the first globally. Launched in 2015, the game is a multiplayer battle arena based on mobile phones. Although the Chinese regulators have been tightening the regulation on the gaming industry, it is still considered as one of the most promising sector this year.
China’s life insurance sector will see its premium growth rebound in 2019 and 2020, with an annual growth of over 10%, according to experts talking to China Securities Journal. This will be a result of relatively steady economic growth and a weakening effect of the tightened regulatory policy for investment-linked insurance products. The life insurance premium dropped by 4.75% y-o-y during in the first 11 months of 2018.
The new issuance of renminbi loan in 2018 reached 16.17 trillion yuan (US$2.39 trillion), recording a growth of 300% (2.64 trillion) y-o-y. The regulator predicts that the economic environment can be more complex in 2019, noting that interested parties should contribute to stabilizing the market and reducing possible risks.
The payment industry in China is set to reform with new payment methods such as face recognition payment booming in the country, according to a recent report. The major banks in China have rolled out face recognition related business in the recent two years, and third-party payment platforms, such as Alipay, are also active in this area. But issues such as possible risks in managing the biological information remain unsolved, says the report.
State Administration of Foreign Exchange announced today that the total quota of the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) program had been doubled, reaching US$300 billion. This move aims to meet the demand of overseas investors trying to expand their investment in the Chinese capital market.
More measures are expected to roll out to optimize the management of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) assets in China. These measures would include further plans regarding the mixed-ownership reform, new operational mechanisms for the SOEs, and a more relaxed regulatory environment, says a research arm of China's State Council. These measures aim to boost economic growth amid external challenges, according to the research arm.
About 1,300 companies traded on the two stock exchanges in China had released their performance forecasts, and 65% of them have predicted positive profit growth in 2018, according to China Securities Journal, noting that 137 companies predicted their net profits to at least double. Computer, communication and electronic equipment manufacturing is expected to have the largest number of companies with growth in profits.
Chinese tech giants have been showing interests in Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), a technology that integrates AI and the internet of things (IoT). Xiaomi has announced that it will invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.48 billion) in AIoT in the next five years. As of November 2018, the IoT network of Xiaomi has incorporated 132 million devices ranging from smartphones to laptops.
Shanghai Pudong New Area was estimated to have a total GDP of more than 1 trillion yuan (US$146.5 billion) in 2018. The Area's GDP has grown from 6 billion yuan in 1990 when China first started to develop and open up Pudong. Last year, Pudong’s total fixed-asset investment is estimated to hit 200 billion yuan, with foreign trade volume exceeding 2 trillion yuan.
China's economy is expected to stabilize after the first quarter of 2019, says Sheng Songcheng, a counsellor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC), noting that the country's economy might recover in the second half of this year. Sheng also predicts that the US-China trade tension will be mitigated a bit in the short term.
Shenzhen authority will improve the multi-level capital market system, according to a recent announcement. The city will roll out regulations to encourage the capital market activities of startups and innovative enterprises, such as listing and M&A, to support the fundraising or the delisting of these companies. The city will also issue rules on setting up private equity secondary market funds.
Chinese asset management industry has been reforming after the new regulation issued last year. The rate of return of many wealth management products sold by Chinese commercial banks has been declining, aiming to direct the customers to the newly rolled out products from the existing ones which will be officially banned after the transitional period of the new regulation. One of the major challenges for asset managers this year is to find a balance between the new products and the existing ones.
Early in November last year, Chinese regulator announced that a new board for companies from the innovative technology sector (科创板) will be launched in the two stock exchanges of China soon.Though it is still under discussion, the new board might include five different listing standards to cater to different companies. The investment threshold for individual investors is set at 500,000 yuan. In addition, investors are required to provide at least six months of experience investing in the A-share market.
Guangdong province says it will deepen the reform and opening-up in the economic development. The province calls for further cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao to enhance the international competitiveness of the Greater Bay Area. The cooperation will focus on scientific and technological innovation.
The regulators will continue to focus on controlling the possible risks in the financial system in 2019. New regulations on financial holding companies will roll out this year and detailed rules relating to the new regulations on the asset management industry will also be implemented this year.
China’s securities regulator approved 102 initial public offerings (IPOs) applications last year, down from 401 in 2017, recording a drop of 74% y-o-y. Five out of the 10 biggest IPOs last year came from China. The market predicts that the regulator will be more strict next year on giving approvals to IPO applications.
Hangzhou, China’s e-commerce hub plans to build a credit evaluation mechanism in two years to regulate the e-commerce industry. The mechanism, based on a shared credit database, will help the regulator to crack down on illegal practices such as trading fake and shoddy products and pyramid schemes. This echoes with the tightened e-commerce law implemented by Chinese regulators recently.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls for regulators to use macro-control vehicles to recover the market. The People's Bank of China is considering to lower the deposit reserve ratio and support the fundraising of private enterprises. The Chinese stock market, especially the banking sector, showed signs of recovery after the announcement.
Shanghai has revealed its target of becoming a global scientific innovation centre last year with detailed plans recently announced. The city plans to form the basic framework by 2020 so that it will be able to act as the centre for innovation by 2030. The city will focus on areas including the integrated circuit, AI and biopharmaceutical science.
China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) plans to implement pilot programs to simplify the practices in foreign exchange receipts and payments in the Greater Bay Area (GBA), Shanghai and Zhejiang. The reviewing process of receipts and payments documents will be simplified for qualified banking serving corporates with good credit ratings.
Chinese state-owned media under People's Bank of China predicts that the country's GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2018 is not likely to surpass 6.5%. This is due to the country's economic downturn and the Sino-US trade tension. China's GDP growth in the third quarter stood at 6.5%, hitting the country lowest record since the 2008 financial crisis.
According to Chinese media, 324 Chinese enterprises went public in 2018, accounting for 24% of the global IPOs. More than half of these companies chose Hong Kong to go public. About 40% of the newly listed companies in China in 2018 come from the Greater Bay Area (GBA). So far, there are 6961 listed companies in China. Chinese regulators will remain strict on issuing IPO approvals in 2019, according to Chinese media.
Chinese gaming industry has been one of the hot topics among investors even though the regulators are tightening the supervision over this sector. Regulators have required the game operators to send their products for screening before they can get operation licenses. The first batch of licenses will be released soon, according to the regulator.
Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ) will include a new area of 315 square kilometres. The new area will focus on sectors including AI, new energy car, high-end smart devices, and the integrated circuit. In addition, the Ministry of Commerce calls for further opening up of the western parts of China. The area is encouraged to further participate in the Belt and Road Initiative.
The difference of valuation between A share and H share is being reduced with more H share listed companies go listing on A share. Recently, Qingdao Port got the approval from China Securities Regulatory Commission to list on A share. So far this year, there are eight Hong Kong-listed companies go listing on A share. This is the highest annual record since 2007.
Next year, local governments are expected to accelerate bond issuance to raise more funds for infrastructure construction projects, according to experts close to the Ministry of Finance. The new bond issuance of Chinese local governments during the first 11 months of 2018 reached 4.1 trillion yuan (594 billion yuan). In November alone, the issuance reached 45.9 billion yuan.
Guangdong authority is working on the regulation on promoting the Greater Bay Area (GBA). The regulation might include more favourable rules for Hong Kong and Macao residents working in the GBA. In addition, Guangdong Province will form an international centre of technology innovations and a cooperation platform for international economic cooperation.
Early in November, Chinese regulator announced that a new board on the innovative technology sector (科创板) will be launched soon and the registration system is being tested. Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) says it has been promoting the innovation and reform in the listing system of China. The bourse calls for lowering the requirements of companies applying for listing on the new tech innovation board.
China and Cambodia vow to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. China and Thailand also pledge to deepen bilateral cooperation and advance the construction of the China-Thailand railway. China also vows to be Myanmar's reliable partner of cooperation, promoting high-level exchanges and strengthening cooperation on BRI. China and Vietnam pledge to manage maritime issues and create a good atmosphere for the development of bilateral relations.
The local institutions of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) are officially launched today. CBIRC is formed early this year by merging the China Banking Regulatory Commission and China Insurance Regulatory Commission.
Chinese individual investors investing in Hong Kong funds through Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) between mainland China and Hong Kong continue to be free from individual income tax of price differences.
Ten Lifestyle Group wins a new contract with ICBC Private Banking Department, to provide travel and lifestyle concierge services to a select group of ICBC's high‐net‐worth clients based in China. Headquartered in the UK, Ten Lifestyle Group is a technology‐enabled lifestyle and travel platform for the global wealthy and mass affluent. The cooperation project is expected to launch in January 2019.
An agreement was signed yesterday between mainland China and Macao on trade in goods under the framework of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).
China’s private equity funds is now worth 12.79 trillion yuan (US$1.85 trillion) as of end November, according to the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC). The figure records an increase of 0.16% compared to a month earlier. There are 241 more private equity funds compared to the previous month and now the number reaches 75,220. The number of private equity fund managers registered at AMAC increased by 151, reaching 24,418 by late November.
China’s import and export have had solid growth in the first 11 months of 2018. According to the General Administration of Customs, the growth during this period has already surpassed the whole year's growth in 2017. Looking to 2019, experts predicted a continuously narrowing surplus and a growing trade volume next year, noting that the country is expected to see a more balanced trade structure.
Source says that HNA Group will sell its whole payment business which accounts for 900 million yuan (US$130 million). The business has already acquired a third party payment license which is quite hard to get in China nowadays.
China's GDP growth is predicted to be around 6.2% in 2019, according to a research arm of the country's State Council. The country's economic performance might not be as good as this year and the GDP growth is falling back due to the uncertainties such as the Sino-US trade tension.
Southwestern China's Guizhou Province will enhance trade cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with the total turnover in economic and technological cooperation expected to reach US$1.5 billion by 2020, according to an action plan by the local authority. The plan shows that more cooperation will be carried out in the manufacturing industry and overseas engineering projects.
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX) has reached a consensus with the two bourses in Shanghai and Shenzhen to allow the stocks of companies with dual-class share structure to be traded via the Stock Connect. The dual-class share structure, or the weighted voting rights (WVR) structure, is commonly seen in new tech companies, enabling these companies to issue different classes of shares, granting differently weighted voting rights to shareholders.
This month marks the second anniversary of the launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect. As of Dec 5, the total turnover through the Connect reached 4.15 trillion yuan (about US$605 billion), according to Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Net money flow through northbound trading (investment from Hong Kong into mainland China, hitting 266.84 billion yuan, and net money flow through southbound trading totalled 156.54 billion yuan, resulting in net capital inflows into the Chinese mainland of 110.3 billion yuan.
Mogujie, a company that runs a Chinese social commerce platform, is said to be listed in the US today. The company plans to issue 4.75 million American depositary receipts, raising US$67 million. Founded in 2011, Mogujie's largest shareholder is Tencent with a 18% stake in the company .
China and Portugal pledged to jointly push forward the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to strengthen Asia-Europe connectivity and boost global trade. The two sides also signed a memorandum of understanding regarding this.
A new draft regulation on Sichuan free trade zone (FTZ) has recently been issued. Foreign interested parties are encouraged to participating in the construction of the FTZ, the regulation says. The new regulation aims to improve Sichuan's trading and business environment and financial service, promoting the opening up of the region.
Alibaba's subsidiary, Hema Supermarket, have recently been reported to reject customers trying to pay with cash. The supermarket requires the customers to use the company's mobile application to pay. People's Bank of China (PBoC) says they will investigate and curb such practices. The regulator has found 602 cases of cash rejection so far.
People's Bank of China, China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and National Development and Reform Commission have jointly released a notice, naming CSRC as the unified law enforcement agency for the country's bond markets including the inter-bank bond market.
China Development Bank (CDB) has recently issued a dual currency bond offshore. With a total issuance equivalent to US$2.4 billion, this is the single largest issuance of senior notes by Chinese domestic banks in 2018.
Shenzhen is said to be the best place for doing business in China, according to a new report released by the Academy of Greater Bay Area Studies. Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Chongqing come after Shenzhen. Compared with last year, Shenzhen’s business environment ranking climbed two spots to the first place, while Guangzhou slid to third place from first.
Shanghai has tipped Hong Kong to be the most expensive city regarding luxury consumption on a price-weighted basis, according to a new Julius Baer report. The overall basket of goods and services in the Chinese city rose by 4.8% in US dollar terms. Shanghai is also the most expensive city for six of our index items – hospital accommodation, watch, ladies handbag, wine, jewellery and skin cream.
Detailed rules on China's new board of the technology and innovation sector (科创板) will be rolled out next month, according to a source from the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) talking to Chinese media. The new board will be put into operation before June 2019. The bourse might start accepting listing applications around March or April next year.
Foreign financial institutions are encouraged to be further involved and invest in the wealth management subsidiaries of the commercial banks, according to a new regulation by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). Shareholders are encouraged to hold shares in these subsidiaries in the long run. The new regulation aims to further promote the opening up of China’s bank industry.
China and the United States have recently decided to avoid escalation of trade restrictive measures, without further raising existing tariffs imposed on each other and slapping new additional tariffs on other products.
HNA Group recently announces that they will apply for a syndicated loan of 7.5 billion yuan (US$1.08 billion) from seven banks including China Development Bank, Exim Bank of China, ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of China, and Postal Savings Bank of China. The maturity is three years and the loan aims to stabilize the company's business operations.
Foreign institutional investors will soon be able to trade Chinese bonds in the interbank market through a platform collaborated between Bloomberg terminal system and the China Foreign Exchange Trading System (CFETS), according to the People’s Bank of China (PBoC). The regulator of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) says they are also very pleased to welcome Bloomberg and its terminals to Bond Connect, a mutual bond access programme between Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Special banking accounts will be launched in China (Hainan) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) early next year. In order to better serve the cross-border trading, these accounts integrate local and foreign currency, use renminbi as the base currency. Such banking accounts were first launched in Shanghai FTZ. So far, there are 72,000 such accounts registered in Shanghai.
China and Myanmar have recently pledged to push forward the building of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The two sides will cooperate in key projects such as the New Yangon city project.
Major cities in the Yangtze River Delta, including Shanghai and cities from Jiangsu and Zhejiang, will form a greater metropolitan circle covering a total population of 65 million. Aiming to become a world-class metropolitan circle, the new plan focus on strengthening the connection of the cities covered. The ongoing Greater Bay Area (GBA) is a similar cooperation project that connects Hong Kong and Macao with nine cities in Guangdong Province.
Qualified individuals in the Free Trade Zones (FTZs) are allowed to invest in overseas securities, according to a recent notice from the State Council regarding the reform and innovation of China's FTZs. The restrictions of foreign investment are further relaxed. In addition, banks in the FTZs are encouraged to provide renminbi loans to foreign institutions and overseas projects.
Shanghai and Singapore authorities have recently announced key areas for closer financial cooperation between the two sides. The areas include financing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, facilitating international investments into China’s capital markets, and creating an ecosystem for collaboration between financial institutions and fintech firms. Singaporean regulator says these initiatives provide strong support to the growing economic and financial linkages between China and Southeast Asia.
China will set up a specialized mechanism to manage the risk and improve the supervision on systemically important financial institutions, according to the ruling recently issued by the People's Bank of China (PBoC), China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), and China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). The risks facing these institutions could pose a threat to China’s financial system and real economy if they were to encounter any headwinds, according to the regulators.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) yesterday announced to set up a wholly owned wealth management subsidiary with a registered capital of up to 16 billion yuan (US$230.6 million). The new unit is allowed to issue public offering funds that directly invest in the equity market. Other banks including Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, and China Construction Bank, have also announced setting up such subsidiaries.
Yonghui Superstores has recently announced that it will increase its shareholdings in Yonghui Investment Company to 35%. Together with investments increased by other institutions, the registered capital of Yonghui Investment will be expanded from 50 million yuan (US$7.2 million) to one billion yuan.
Founded in 2001, Yonghui Superstores is a China-based company, principally engaged in the operation of regular chain supermarkets. Tencent has been one of the shareholders of the company since December 2017.
The foreign banks in China will be allowed to apply for more offshore funding and foreign debt quota in 2019, according to a recent notice by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). This will improve the efficiency of the cross-border funding and optimizing the structure of the foreign debt of these banks. The regulator requires the banks to report on a quarterly basis on certain information of their overseas debt. In addition, NDRC calls for foreign banks to serve China's real economy.
The regulations on the public-private partnerships (PPP) projects are to be issued by the end of 2018, according to China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF). The regulator states that participants need to better understand the concept of PPP projects. Legal regulations will be revised to remove contradictions and problems in the process behind PPPs
China’s first foreign-funded insurance holding company a subsidiary of Allianz has recently been approved for operation, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). More than 10 applications for market access of foreign-funded banks and insurance institutions are already accepted and approved by CBIRC. The regulator states that China will further promote the opening-up of the financial industry.
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) will reduce the items on the negative list for foreign investment in the Free Trade Zones (FTZs). The regulator states that the establishment of the FTZ is a strategic measure to promote the reform and opening-up in China. More areas are expected to open up to foreign investment.
Foreign institutions will be exempted from the enterprise income tax and value-added tax on the interest income of investing in Chinese bonds, according to China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Administration of Taxation. This is in response to foreign institutions underweighting Chinese government bonds in October. During the previous 19 consecutive months, foreign institutions have been overweighting the Chinese government bonds. The new measure aims to attract more foreign institutions to invest in the country's bond market.
Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) recently issued consultation papers regarding the guidelines on the trading suspension and resumption of listed companies. The allowed reasons for applying for trading suspension are reduced, the suspension duration allowed for companies with major announcements is shortened, and the information disclosure is emphasized, according to the new rules.
The China (Liaoning) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) will come out with more measures to improve the overall business environment. The FTZ will focus on reforms, innovation, and opening-up. The FTZ will also enhance the management on market entry to boost trade activities. In addition, it will seek to further serve and participate in the Belt and Road Initiative.
China and the Philippines have recently agreed to call on legislative bodies from two countries to further exchange experience in state governance and push forward multilevel, multiform cooperation for the development of the two nations' bilateral ties. The legislative bodies of the two sides shall support more on practical cooperation, especially in areas including education, culture, and tourism.