Economic Watch
Deputies' spotlight on housing2019-03-18
The annual two sessions of China's top legislature and top political advisory body, which ended on Friday, once again focused attention on the direction of the real estate market, particularly the residential segment, a key economic concern.
FTZ expansion signals global ambitions2019-03-15
The nation's first free trade zone will be enlarged to promote the next stage of the country's opening-up process.
New deposit insurance agency in works2019-03-15
China may soon establish an independent deposit insurance agency covering financial institutions that accept deposits from the public, according to some knowledgeable policy advisers.
Indexes help shore up confidence in growth2019-03-15
The Chinese economy remained stable in January and February amid brighter market expectations, figures released on Thursday by the National Bureau of Statistics show.
Proposed law to prompt innovation2019-03-15
The proposed foreign investment law will compel Chinese companies to step up independent innovation and industrial upgrading, which will ultimately bolster their competitiveness in the global arena, according to economists and business leaders who spoke on the sidelines of the two sessions.
Real estate tax to regulate housing market in China2019-03-11
A draft real estate tax law is being optimized by relevant departments, which will be submitted for legislators' review when conditions are right, senior Chinese officials said during the two sessions on Saturday.
Optimism over economy resonates at "two sessions"2019-03-11
Optimism over the economy is high at China's ongoing annual legislative and political advisory sessions despite challenges ahead.
China's central SOEs report strong profit growth in first two months: official2019-03-11
China's centrally-administered state-owned enterprises (SOEs) saw strong revenue and profit growth in the first two months of 2019, the head of China's top SOE watchdog said Saturday.
China's consumption structure keeps improving: MOC2019-03-11
Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said Saturday that the structure of China's consumption has kept improving as consumption contributes more to economic growth.
Central bank: Monetary policy has wiggle room2019-03-11
China's "prudent" monetary policy stance has not changed and even has room to lower interest rates and increase liquidity, depending on the domestic economic outlook, Yi Gang, governor of the central bank, said on Sunday.
Local govts not allowed to raise new 'hidden' debt2019-03-08
China will not allow new local government debt to be raised in "hidden ways", nor will it ease the controls on government debt financing despite the heavy fiscal pressure the country faces this year, Minister of Finance Liu Kun said on Thursday.
Private sector firms in focus2019-03-07
More efforts are needed to create a better environment for Chinese private businesses to help inject vitality and spur innovation in the country's economy, members of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC said on Wednesday in Beijing.
Negative list update opens doors wider2019-03-07
China will continue to shorten the negative list this year to further improve its business environment for foreign investment as part of the country's efforts to open up its economy and pursue high-quality development.
Goal unchanged: 11 million urban jobs2019-03-06
Multiple channels will be used to achieve stable and expanding employment this year, Premier Li Keqiang said in delivering the Government Work Report at the opening of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress on Tuesday.
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