Monetary policy in 2017 expected to be tightened
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The monetary policy in 2017 is likely to be tightened, a consensus of estimates said before the opening of the Central Economic Working Conference, the 21st Business Herald reported on Friday. As the head of the research bureau of the People’s Bank of China, Xu Zhong said in a forum on December 2, the growth rate of the economy in 2017 may be lowered to leave more space for deleveraging. If so, it may lead to a tightening of monetary policy next year, the report said.
China ‘is less dependent on foreign reserves’
The People’s Daily overseas edition published an opinion piece on Friday to urge people to abandon the “outdated thinking” that in foreign exchange reserves the idea should be that the more there is the better. In the past, it was believed accumulating more money in reserve could cover imports and stabilize the financial market. But nowadays, China has become less dependent on reserves in the context of the yuan’s internationalization, the paper said.
Capital outflows remain stable: SAFE
The outflow of capital and the purchasing of currencies other than the yuan remain stable in the country, the head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) told Xinhua News Agency on Thursday. The October deficit of foreign exchange settlements and currency purchases by enterprises and individuals decreased 62% when compared to the first nine months this year, the report said.
Shanghai opens new exchange to reduce risks in commercial paper trade
Shanghai Commercial Paper Exchange Corp Ltd was launched in the city on Thursday aiming to improve the country’s financial infrastructure, reduce risks of fraud and create transparency in the commercial trade paper market, Caixin reported. The commercial paper market in China has quickly grown in recent years as small businesses see commercial paper trading as a way to meet their short-term financial needs. The new exchange secured its 1.85 billion yuan (US$269 million) in capital from 29 shareholders.
Shanghai issues first local government bonds
The city of Shanghai started issuing its first three-year local government bonds, which are expected to raise 3 billion yuan, Xinhua reported, citing information from China’s Ministry of Finance. The move in its free-trade zone hopes to boost capital inflows and make the Chinese yuan an international currency by welcoming foreign investors.
29 billion yuan set aside for indirect coal liquefaction in Inner Mongolia: NDRC
China’s National Development and Reform Commission approved a 29.1 billion yuan investment on indirect coal liquefaction, a way to create liquid fuels, in Inner Mongolia on Thursday, sina.com reported. The Inner Mongolia YiTai Coal company aims to produce 2 million tons of liquid fuel a year at an estimated annual value of 13.1 billion yuan.
More intelligent factories to be come
The penetration of intelligent factories, or digital workshops, in the manufacturing sector will reach over 20% by 2020, the China News Service reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. “Intelligent Manufacturing” is to combine new IT and advanced manufacturing technologies at every step of production, which has become an important trend in the world, said Li Dong, the head of the ministry’s equipment office.
Construction starts on four hydro power stations
Building began on four pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations on Thursday, Xinhua reported, citing the State Grid Corporation of China. The power stations, in Liaoning, Jiangsu, Fujian province and Xinjiang, have a total investment of 37.5 billion yuan and are expected to start operating by 2024.