China Market Intelligence

August 2nd, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

China’s rising debt levels concern investors and banking authorities, but regulators are becoming increasingly active in passing policies aimed at controlling debt and managing risks to the economy. While some analysts are cautious about China’s rising debt, others remain optimistic about the government’s ability to manage the issue.

William Foster, senior vice president and credit risk officer of Moody’s Investors Service, recently explained to USCBC member...

January 6th, 2016
Pianpian Huang

Woeful performance data from China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) may be increasing calls for reform, but a recent policy package does not appear to address fundamental issues around governance and market orientation, despite the accompanying rhetoric.

Total debts at China's state-owned enterprises (SOE) rose 18.2 percent to 78.31 trillion yuan ($12.24 trillion) and profit dropped 9.5 percent to 2.04 trillion yuan ($320 million) from January to November 2015...

September 16th, 2015
Stephanie Henry, Owen Haacke

The State Council’s long-awaited framework for reforming China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) marks limited progress on areas of SOE reform such as mixed ownership, asset management, and SOE classification. Some have reported that reforms are “tepid” because they do not make a bolder move towards privatization or a stronger market orientation for SOEs, in line with the goals laid out at the November 2013 Third Plenum. However, the content of the plan—known as the Opinions on...

June 24th, 2015
Jake Laband and Owen Haacke

A strong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hand guiding state-owned enterprise (SOE) management was a central message emerging from recent meetings of the State Council Leading Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reform, China’s high-level interagency group charged with guiding China’s ongoing reform efforts. The meetings on June 5 emphasized the importance of addressing corruption issues while seeking to create “bigger, stronger, and better” SOEs that remain firmly under government control, and...