A Financial Times Service
China Confidential - Premium Investment Insight

Home / Capital Intensive / Autos


China emphasises tax reforms

China plans to levy a consumption tax on more luxury goods, as well as on products that cause severe environmental pollution and waste resources, Lou Jiwei, finance minister, was quoted as saying today. We think the announcement, made after a meeting of top legislators, reinforces the sense that key reform initiatives are gaining momentum ahead of a key Communist Party meeting set for November (Update Alert, Aug 27).

28 August 2013

China’s fight against pollution heats up

The new set of policy priorities for Xi Jinping’s administration, increasing public discontent, and the diminishing importance of the industrial sector to China’s economy, makes us cautiously optimistic that the drive to tackle pollution could gain momentum this year. 

07 March 2013

Making money from waste

Waste management has been a laggard in China’s rapid development but now forces are aligning to boost prospects for the sector

14 June 2012

Water quality scare

Around 50% of water in the public water systems across China is unsanitary, China’s media has disclosed, quoting an unpublished survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MHURD) in 2009. Another official MHURD document, meanwhile, disclosed that only 83% of the urban water supply met sanitary standards in 2011. The issue follows health scares in recent years around milk contamination, filthy cooking oil used in restaurants and suspect drug capsules.

18 May 2012

China bans airlines from paying EU charges

The Chinese government this week banned its airlines from paying charges on carbon emissions imposed by European Union. China’s State Council (cabinet) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) prohibited all domestic carriers from joining the EU carbon emission trading scheme and from charging passengers extra based on it. How entrenched is Beijing’s position?

09 February 2012

Utility prices climb

Artificial suppression of key utility prices – including water, electricity and gas – has been part of the secret of China’s industrial success. But now things are changing.

12 January 2012

Johnson Controls hit by safety allegations in China

The US battery maker has come under the spotlight for allegedly causing lead poisoning among children in the proximity of its Shanghai plant.

22 September 2011

China gears up for Copenhagen

As China prepares for the Copenhagen summit, wind power shows both the scale of its ambition and the size of the challenge it faces.

26 November 2009

Six value multipliers changing China

Six structural transformations that are set to drive growth over the next decade.

15 October 2009

Environment wins in US-China meeting

The importance placed on July’s Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the two nations raises a sense of optimism that the US and China may be able to make progress on key issues such as climate change.

06 August 2009

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more about our cookie policy.