China Digest

Economics and policy from China’s newspapers

Friday June 2, 2017

Ministries let provincial governments issue land reserve bonds

Provincial governments will be allowed to issue land reserve bonds to raise financing, Caixin reported, citing a joint Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Land and Resources statement. The move will also help governments stabilize their land markets, the report added.

Bank sets US$36.6 billion aside to support Obor projects

The China Development Bank will set aside 250 billion yuan (US$36.6 billion) over three years to attract private capital in public-private-partnership deals to support one belt, one road (Obor) projects, Xinhua reported on June 1.

Consultation paper on online lending agencies issued

The Shanghai Finance Office released a consultation paper on regulating online lending agents, including a requirement for government registration, said the Paper.


May sales in Beijing’s secondary market lowest in two years

The number of sales in the secondary market stood at 10,800 in Beijing, the lowest in more than two years, showing a dramatic drop since the 16,900 in April and the 32,000 in May 2016, Chinanews reported.

30% rise in Weifang is highest among third, fourth-tier cities

Weifang, Shandong province, showed the highest increase in real estate prices of 30% in a survey of third and fourth-tier cities over two months, the Securities Daily reported. The survey shows that when prices began to fall in first-tier metropolises because of government policies, prices in third and fourth tier cities rose.

SF Express, Jack Ma’s Cainiao split two days after deal

Two days after signing a cooperation deal, SF Express and Jack Ma’s Cainiao Network cut ties, accusing each other of blocking data flow, Beijing News reported. Taobao vendors couldn’t input delivery notices to SF Express, so buyers could not see SF’s logistics information. The State Post Bureau intervened on June 1, hoping to reduce the impact on the market and customers.

Ministry seeks public comment on car-sharing rules

The Ministry of Transport is seeking comment on draft rules for rental cars similar to the bike- sharing concept, said Caixin, adding that private vehicles that meet requirements can be engaged on a part-time basis. The consultation will close in two weeks.

13 provinces in agricultural disaster insurance pilot scheme

A pilot scheme to improve insurance coverage in the agricultural sector will be launched in 13 food-producing provinces and 200 grain counties, the Securities Daily reported, citing the Ministry of Finance. Administrative funding will be issued on June 14.

Retailers lost 0.71% of total revenue in 2016 due to theft, graft

The country’s retail sector lost 181 billion yuan in 2016, accounting for 0.71% of total revenue and a 0.02% increase compared to the 0.69% in 2014, said Caixin, citing the China Business Safety Survey Report. The report, published every two years, shows that internal and external theft of goods or cash are the two main causes. Processing errors, fraud and corruption are among other reasons for losses.