China’s bank regulator has eased its stance on credit tightening, showing that – for now - GDP growth trumps monetary discipline in Beijing’s hierarchy of priorities.
Leading economists debate the vital signs that hold the key to China’s medium-term economic future.
A confluence of factors suggest that rural China might finally be coming of age as an investment theme.
The risk of CPI inflation driven by food prices is strengthening.
Who are the beneficiaries of China's rising food prices?
Recent CPI and PPI data show no signs of inflation, but how long until the trend reverses?
New lending by China's banks totalled Rmb 355.9bn in July, down sharply from Rmb 1,530bn in June, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) said. July's loan growth was the lowest monthly total this year, reinforcing a sense that Beijing's financial regulators are serious about curbing new lending in 2H 2009 following the target-busting Rmb 7,400bn lent during 1H.
Debate rages over the role of easy credit in the 100% rise of Shanghai's stock index since November last year.
Will the surge in money supply in the first half lead to the type of inflation that forces the central bank to hit the brakes later in the year?
Beijing has two challenges on its hands; one of an economic nature to curb liquidity without stopping growth, and the other of political importance to contain the worst ethnic unrest since the Cultural Revolution.
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