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China’s September passenger car sales rise for third straight month, as consumers put Covid-19 firmly in their rear-view mirrors

16 days ago

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s passenger car sales grew for a third straight month in September, and industry insiders said they foresaw a sustained increase in sales during the remainder of the year after the country successfully contained its Covid-19 outbreak.Deliveries of passenger cars, which include sedans, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and multipurpose vehicles, rose 7.4 per cent year on year to 1.94 million units last month, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Deliveries of passenger vehicles…

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China’s EV makers pour billions of dollars into research, output and marketing to catch up with Tesla on their home turf

September 29, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Manufacturers and assemblers of electric cars in China, the world’s largest vehicle market since 2009, are sharpening their pitches and raising their game as they pour billions of dollars into research, sales and marketing to catch up with the industry leader Tesla in their home turf.Long driving range on a single charge is essential in a nation with the world’s third-biggest land mass, as are sophisticated electronic gadgetry, unique applications, bells and whistles, according to the range of…

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Geely gets nod to raise capital on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-like Star Market as carmaker remakes itself into tech company

September 28, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Geely Automobile Holdings, China’s largest private carmaker and owner of Volvo Cars, has obtained regulatory approval for a secondary listing on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-like exchange for start-ups, as it redefines itself as a technology company with its line-up of 10 electric cars by 2025.The Hangzhou-based carmaker aims to raise as much as 20 billion yuan (US$2.94 billion) on the Star Market to finance its development of new technologies and models, according to an announcement by the Shanghai Stock…

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China’s Xpeng unveils a flying car prototype in its debut at the premier trade show of the world’s largest vehicle market

September 26, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Xpeng Motors, armed with cash from its US$1.7 billion New York stock sale last month, said it’s developing a flying car to sharpen its research into mobility, electrification and digitalisation.The Kiwigogo can carry two passengers and levitate at between 5 metres and up to 25 metres (82 feet), according to the specifications of a prototype displayed at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which begins today in the Chinese capital. The drone-like vehicle, installed with eight…

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China’s private sector feels the hardest pinch in balancing profits with job safety, as Covid-19 takes its economic toll, survey finds

September 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s private sector, the provider of more than 80 per cent of the nation’s urban jobs, has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as companies struggle with balancing their profitability with a social obligation to maintain jobs, according to a survey by the biggest industry guild.The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) said its survey of the country’s 500 largest privately owned companies showed 96 per cent of them being walloped by the deadly coronavirus,…

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China’s July new stock accounts more than double to 2.43 million as traders continue their headlong dive into market to sustain rally

August 20, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The Chinese population is continuing its headlong plunge into the stock market, a second monthly surge that sustains the momentum behind one of the world’s best-performing major benchmarks this year.July’s new A-share trading accounts more than doubled from last year to 2.43 million, according to data by the China Securities Depository and Clearing (CSDC). That raised the total to 170.2 million accounts as of July 31, making it the world’s eighth largest cluster of people, more than the…

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China’s financial clean-up whittles thousands of peer-to-peer lenders down to just 29, with US$115 billion in outstanding debt

August 14, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s defunct peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders still owe depositors 800 billion yuan (US$115 billion) four years after a crackdown to clean up the sector, but the mainland’s top regulator said he will do his best to help victims recover their funds in a segment where only a few operators remain.“We’ll assist public security authorities to track down the money even if there is only a glimmer of hope,” Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), told state…

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Singapore’s Keppel Capital builds its second Greater Bay Area data centre in Huizhou, rising on city’s infrastructure building spree

July 25, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keppel Capital, the asset management arm of Singapore’s conglomerate Keppel Group, has agreed to invest 1.5 billion yuan (US$213.8 million) to build a data centre in Huizhou, boosting the city’s ambition to create the IT backbone for southern China’s Greater Bay Area.The data centre, located in Tonghu Smart City, an industrial complex developed by Country Garden Holdings, will have gross floor area (GFA) of 45,000 square metres (486,700 square feet) when construction is completed in 2022,…

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Star Market, Xi Jinping’s US$376 billion baby, is poised for Ant Group boost as it turns one

July 22, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]As far as first birthdays go, few would compare with the progress China’s version of Nasdaq has made in its first 12 months.Ordered into existence by Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2018, and launched less than eight months later, the technology stock-heavy Star Market has become Asia’s largest such market by value – as of Tuesday, it was capitalised at 2.62 trillion yuan (US$375.9 billion).More than 130 companies have raised 205 billion yuan in capital over the past year, 34 per cent…

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China cautiously opens up domestic tourism to unleash pent up spending power and bolster the sagging economy

July 15, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s easing of domestic travel restrictions is expected to provide a boost to the mainland’s nearly 6 trillion yuan (US$857 billion) market and save thousands of tourism companies teetering on the brink of collapse after struggling for nearly six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s move on Tuesday night to allow travel agencies to operate group tours across provincial borders also provided a boost to the shares of mainland travel companies.The…

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Shanghai bets on consumer spending to propel the battered local economy in post-coronavirus era

July 1, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Angus Gu, a jeweller, was one of hundreds of retailers to set up a market stall outside Shanghai’s Bund Finance Centre (BFC) at the weekend in a bid to reach shoppers beyond his loyal customer base.The inaugural BFC Weekend Market, showcasing mainly local goods at knockdown prices, was part of a huge push by the city’s authorities to stave off recession by boosting consumption after Covid-19 lockdown.The government aims to reignite the faltering economy by fostering what it terms innovative…

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China’s consumption upgrade hits coronavirus hurdle as consumers want more bang for their buck amid slowdown

June 30, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The coronavirus pandemic has set back China’s consumption upgrade as people become increasingly price conscious amid falling household income due to the economic slowdown, with spending on fast-moving consumer goods likely to fall for the first time ever this year, according to a joint study by global consultancy Bain & Co and market research firm Kantar Worldpanel.The study found that expectations of “revenge spending” will not be enough to overcome the 6.7 per cent slump – the biggest decline…

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As China’s ‘vendor economy’ goes from state approval to reject, analysts see synergies with commercial real estate market

June 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s street vendor economy is getting some mixed signals from municipal governments after an apparent endorsement from the State Council, causing confusion about the role of small businesses in the midst of a slump.Since Premier Li Keqiang called for a loosening of controls on small vendors on the streets of Yantai in Shandong province, the message has been interpreted as a nod for mobile stalls to alleviate an unemployment crisis and provide an income avenue for millions of workers…

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Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland become ‘envy of the whole world’ after park reopens at one-third capacity following coronavirus shutdown

May 11, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The Walt Disney Company has reopened its biggest Asia resort after a four-month shutdown, as Shanghai’s health authorities eased restrictions on public gatherings after getting the coronavirus outbreak in the megacity of 24 million people under control.The first batch of 200 visitors became the “envy of the whole world” when they entered the park as soon as the gates opened at 9.30am on Monday, according to one person there. Entry to the park was staggered and guests were allowed entry based on…

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Tesla raises Model 3 sticker price in China after government kicks off three-year plan to rein in rebates to spur competition

April 24, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Tesla raised the starting price of its bestselling electric car in China, reversing its price cuts in the past few months after the Chinese government kicked off a three-year plan to scale back subsidies on new-energy vehicles.A Tesla Standard Range Model 3 sedan, assembled at the carmaker’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, will now carry a sticker price of 303,550 yuan (US$42,874), compared with 299,050 yuan a week ago. The Long Range Model 3 will be priced 1.5 per cent higher at 344,550 yuan when…

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Coronavirus: China’s export showroom Yiwu grinds to a near halt as global pandemic restrictions bite

April 13, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The Yiwu International Trade Market has always been renowned as a window into the vitality of Chinese manufacturing, crammed with stalls showcasing everything from flashlights to machine parts.But today, as the coronavirus pandemic rips through the global economy, it offers a strikingly different picture – the dismal effect Covid-19 is having on the nation’s exports.The usually bustling wholesale market, home to some 70,000 vendors supplying 1,700 different types of manufactured goods, is a…

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Chinese businesses are facing a liquidity squeeze as coronavirus outbreak ravages economy with Premier Li Keqiang calling for monetary easing ‘soon’

March 12, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]More than half of Chinese companies are facing a liquidity crisis as businesses saw declining sales after the coronavirus outbreak, underscoring the desperation for China’s central bank to extend a lifeline to the business community.Some 55 per cent of 480 corporate bosses in a Hurun Report survey said they were grappling with a cash crunch, while two thirds of them expected to report a drop in annual sales this year, according to the Hurun China Entrepreneurs Action Against Coronavirus 2020…

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Shanghai sees sustained commitments from foreign investors as Covid-19 makes little dent to city’s prospects

March 10, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Shanghai, China’s financial and commercial capital, has continued to attract investment commitments from foreign companies this year, showing the Covid-19 epidemic has not diminished its growth potential and appeal as a gateway into the world’s second largest economy.Investors have pledged US$10.3 billion of funds for projects this year through March 9, keeping in pace with the level in the same period last year, according to Xue Feng, president of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Development…

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Shanghai’s mayor orders city’s bureaucrats to undergo a culture change in charm offensive to attract foreign investments

January 21, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The mayor of China’s commercial hub has instructed Shanghai’s bureaucrats to undertake a change in their work culture, as he cites Tesla’s US$2 billion Gigafactory in the city as proof that an investor-friendly attitude helps attract foreign investments.

Officials in the local authority should behave like attendants at a retail store, rather than bureaucrats with power to approve projects, said Ying Yong, at the conclusion of the Shanghai legislative meeting.

“By improving the business…

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Shanghai aiming for 6 per cent GDP growth in 2020, will bank on foreign investment and exports, mayor says

January 15, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Shanghai is aiming for 6 per cent growth this year, its mayor told the local legislature on Wednesday. The city, mainland China’s business hub, will tap foreign investment and bolster exports in 2020 following the signing of a phase one deal between Beijing and Washington.“We will allow high-end industries to play a leading role in driving the local economy, as we make efforts to sustain growth,” Ying Yong told the Shanghai People’s Congress, adding that the municipality would promote…

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Surging popularity of Nissan, Honda fails to halt 7.5 per cent slump in China’s car sales in 2019 as slowing economy deters buyers

January 9, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s once-buoyant car market posted declining sales for a second consecutive year, falling well short of analysts’ expectations as an economic slowdown deterred consumers from splashing out on big-ticket items.Sales of passenger cars, which include sedans, sport utility vehicles, minivans and multi-purpose vehicles, slumped to 21.04 million units in 2019, down 7.5 per cent from the previous year, according to figures from the China Passenger Car Association. Market watchers had forecast…

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Beijing’s move to direct household savings into equities funds will ensure a bull run in stocks this year, analysts predict

January 6, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s decision to direct money from the nation’s vast household savings into funds that invest in equities could support a further rally in the country’s stocks, analysts said.The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the financial watchdog, published a guideline saying it would promote the conversion of household savings into long-term capital market fund. It did not say how it would do this.Even steering a small portion of China’s 70 trillion yuan (US$10 trillion) of…

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Chinese manufacturing hub Suzhou eyes increased foreign investment as it chases fresh growth

January 3, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]As Shanghai, mainland China’s economic hub, moves further towards services, manufacturing could move to cities such as Suzhou, which on Friday earmarked 70 square kilometres (27 square miels) of land for such business, with priority to be given to foreign investment.Suzhou, the second biggest city in the Yangtze River Delta after Shanghai, is no stranger to foreign direct investment (FDI), having used it to fire up its economy over the past four decades of China’s opening up. With economic…

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China foreshadows more reforms in initial public offering rules in 2020 to nurture the growth of the ChiNext stock market

January 2, 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China is set to roll out more stock market reforms in the Year of the Rat to better manage market volatility as the nation’s onshore equities gain further recognition from global investors.Top on the agenda for China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is the fine-tuning of initial public offering (IPO) pricing system for the ChiNext board in Shenzhen, home to some 800 innovation enterprises, and whose 41 per cent rally last year outpaced the benchmarks in the broader Shenzhen, Shanghai and…

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A 71-year-old victim’s tale reveals extent of greed in China’s US$30 billion peer-to-peer lending fiasco

December 30, 2019

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The collapse of China’s peer-to-peer platforms, once touted as a model to reshape the nation’s financial landscape, has left millions of victims in financial ruin and despair.Among them is Bao Jiaqi, a former state glassware company worker in Shanghai who deposited 300,000 yuan (US$42,900) in 2016 with a platform managed by Xinming Finance.The 71-year-old retiree has spent the last two years chasing the company and its executives for her money back, in vain, after the online lender went bust in…

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Shanghai gets green light to set up duty-free customs area to facilitate direct global trade, in a move that bypasses Hong Kong

December 13, 2019

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s government has given the green light to set up a duty-free zone at Shanghai’s port and the city’s free-trade zone, in the biggest step yet to bypass Hong Kong as the midway stop in easing global commerce with the worldwide marketplace.A fenced customs area will be established at Shanghai’s Yangshan Deep Sea Port and at the Lingang free-trade zone (FTZ), where cargo inside the bonded area will be exempted from import duties, according to the November 4 circular by the The General…

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Honda thrives in China’s slumping car market as its Civic, CR-V models prove popular with mainland consumers

November 29, 2019

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Dongfeng Honda Automobile, one of the few winners in China’s car industry this year, said it would launch at least five new models next year as it bets on a turnaround in the world’s largest vehicle market.The 50-50 joint venture between Japanese carmaker Honda Motor and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor Group said that the new models would include conventional petrol engine cars, pure electric vehicles and hybrids, without elaborating.“We believe that opportunities arise in nuclear winter,”…

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China’s restaurants on survival mode as African swine fever fuels costs, dents business ahead of Lunar New Year

November 25, 2019

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A doubling in pork prices since the outbreak of deadly African swine fever in August 2018 is pushing the domestic inflation rate in China to the highest in almost eight years. For some of the nation’s small entrepreneurs, it’s approaching a breaking point.

“We are not able to make a profit due to the higher costs of buying pork meat,” said Wang Xuliang, owner of the Yi Mian Qian restaurant chain in Shanghai. “It is becoming more difficult to sustain our business after having to pay higher rent…

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