Key takeaways from 2024 China parliamentary meeting: economy, environment

A Chinese flag flutters on top of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), to mark 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, in Beijing, China October 18, 2023. Edgar Su | Reuters BEIJING — China’s weeklong annual parliamentary meetings ended on Monday … Read more

Property developers must go bankrupt if needed

China’s real estate sector has employed many construction workers, who typically live in temporary housing nearby. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s struggling real estate developers won’t be getting a major bailout, Chinese authorities have indicated, warning that those who “harm the interests of the masses” will be punished. “For real estate … Read more

China is making it much easier for foreigners to use mobile pay

Scanning QR codes with a mobile pay app has become the most common way to pay in mainland China. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Foreign visitors to China can now spend up to $2,000 a year using the mobile app Alipay without having to register their ID, the app operator said Friday. … Read more

China doubles down on manufacturing, leaving real estate behind

Huawei’s Aito electric cars are manufactured by Seres in Chongqing, China.  China News Service | China News Service | Getty Images BEIJING — China revealed this week it aims to spend more than a billion dollars to bolster manufacturing and domestic tech in a bid to remain globally competitive, while divulging little new support for … Read more

China blames U.S. for bilateral tensions, reaffirms support for Palestinians

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in 2019. Mark Kauzlarich | Reuters BEIJING — China’s top diplomat slammed the U.S. for worsening bilateral tensions, while reiterating Beijing’s support for peaceful resolutions to the Middle East and Russia-Ukraine conflicts. “There is some progress in the China-U.S. bilateral relationship, but we have to point out that U.S. continues … Read more

China’s PBOC governor says there’s room to cut banks’ RRR

China’s central bank governor said there was room to further cut banks’ reserve requirements, and pledged to utilize monetary policy to prop up consumer prices. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s central bank governor said there was room to further cut banks’ reserve requirements, and pledged to utilize monetary policy to “mildly” … Read more

China sets GDP target of ‘around 5%’ for 2024

China’s Premier Li Qiang speaks during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 16, 2024.  Denis Balibouse | Reuters BEIJING — China set a growth target of “around 5%” for 2024, according to the “Government Work Report” released Tuesday. The targets for GDP and other economic indicators were published … Read more

China to hold ‘Two Sessions’ meeting amid bazooka-like stimulus debate

A Chinese flag flutters on top of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), to mark 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, in Beijing, China October 18, 2023. Edgar Su | Reuters BEIJING — China is set this week to kick off … Read more

China calls on foreign businesses to share their problems as investment slumps

The flags of China, U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party are displayed in a flag stall at the Yiwu Wholesale Market in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, May 10, 2019. Aly Song | Reuters BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Commerce met with foreign businesses in Beijing this week in an effort to address operating challenges, but … Read more

IQiyi posts first year of profits and says it’s ‘excited’ about Sora

A view of iQiyi’s website featuring a variety TV show, taken on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese video content and streaming company iQiyi CFO Wang Jun said he is “excited” about potential new business opportunities with the emergence of OpenAI’s text-to-video tool Sora. Speaking exclusively to CNBC … Read more