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State Council Approves Shanghai Free Trade Zone

The People’s Daily reports that China approved the creation of a special free trade zone in Shanghai: The project, occupying 28 square kilometers, will center around the Yangshan Deep Water Port and will take more than 10...

Banks, Insurers Swimming Different Currents

Following last weekend’s interest rate cuts by The People’s Bank of China, which signaled a move toward a more market-based banking system, The Wall Street Journal reports that China’s banks will likely feel...

CDT Money: Game On

Under a cloud cover of speculation about a potential fiscal stimulus package, China’s central bank announced a 25 basis point cut to lending and deposit rates on Thursday, its first interest rate cut since late 2008 and...

CDT Money: Stimulus 2.0?

After the Chinese government stepped up public statements in support of a stimulus to aid its sputtering economy, analysts and investors are now left to speculate what form a potential fiscal package may take. State media,...

CDT Money: Uneasy Status Quo?

In a week dominated by the political drama surrounding the dismissal of embattled Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, speculation continued over possible monetary easing despite mixed messages from officials as they seek to...

CDT Money: Property Showdown?

Analysts and investors spent the early part of the week digesting the announcement of a 50 basis point cut in China’s reserve requirement ratio, a move expected to release up to 350-400 billion yuan into China’s...

China Inflation Hits New 3-Year High

China’s newly released July inflation index reveals a three-year high, coming in at 6.5%, up from 6.4% in June. From Forbes: China is not winning its inflation fight and that could mean a return to monetary tightening in...

China’s Inflation Rises As Food Costs Surge

The dramatic rise in Chinese food prices since January has renewed concerns about inflation in the Chinese economy. Some speculate that the government may once again decide to raise interest rates in response. From the New York...

China 2008: The Global Financial Crisis

This next article in the CDT series on important issues facing China in 2008 focuses on China’s role in the global financial crisis. To give a deeper understanding of China’s up-and-coming role on the world stage,...

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