Retiring central banker Zhou Xiaochuan called this week for the liberalization of China’s currency, the Yuan. But conservative forces might find this step from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) a step too far, says financial expert Victor Shih to Bloomberg.
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Online financial institutions like Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Tencent are developing new business models, where they make money on the giant amount of data they collect. Financial authorities are stepping in, for the right reasons, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the China Daily.
Chinese authorities have started to regulate the usage of the bitcoin. That is not necessarily a bad thing, writes Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub at the website of his law firm. “Regulation should be seen as an opportunity, too. More stringent rules translate to lower investment risk and increased legitimacy.”
China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, and his company Wanda, got kicked out of the Chinese lending system. Wanda is in deep trouble, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the South China Morning Post. Both in terms of assets backing up his purchases and political leverage.
China’s leadership is setting a new economic agenda halfway July, and much of the measures focus on the reduction on risk, even if – says political scientist Victor Shih at Bloomberg – that means announced financial reforms will be stalled.
Financial analyst Sara Hsu looks at the new chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Guo Shuqing, and the man he replaces, Shang Fulin. What has Shang done to deal with this murky financial sector, and can Guo do better, she wonders in Asia Times.
Business analyst Andy Mok has nine take-away’s from this week’s central bank’s press conference. Fintech and startups got priority from the government, he writes in CGTN, and they prepare for global expansion. But domesticallly virtual currencies and digital payment systems are kept under control to avoid capital flight.
The government has been pulling in bad loans, rather than letting companies face bankruptcy and letting the markets do the job. For China’s leaders stability is key, says Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis to Reuters.
President Xi Jinping will visit the World Economic Forum next week in Davos as the first Chinese head of state. It is part of China´s push for international recognition, but political and financial analyst Victor Shih sees at this stage little room for progress, he tells at the Economic Times.
China´s economy seems to have steered clear through the turbulance of the past few years, says economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® to Bloomberg. “I’d guess that Xi Jinping is feeling pretty confident about things.”