Economy & Trade
By Zolzaya Edenebileg
It is old news that the Chinese market is highly competitive and unlike any other market in the world. What may sell on the high street in London is not guaranteed to sell in China. The rainbow-lensed promises of e-commerce seem to be an easy way to access China’s 770.4 million working population, 0.2 percent or over 1.5 million of which have an average income of US$500,000.
However, the online store closures of a number of retail and luxury brand giants indicate that the competition is no less fierce online.
Salt prices stable and low following end of monopoly
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has said that the price of salt commodities will remain stable and low due to salt stockpiles and overcapacity. There is so much salt in fact that, at the end of 2016, reserves of table salt reached 1.55 million tons. Rock salt reserves reached 1.3 trillion tons, enough to supply 26,000 years of continuous consumption at the current annual output, which is 50 million tons. In 2015, 10.5 million tons of table salt were sold. Starting from the first day of this year, China ended its 2000 year monopoly of the production and sale of salt, in which salt bureaus exploited the market to gain significant profit.
RMB 30 billion fund for China’s services industry
The Chinese government plans to set up an RMB 30 billion fund aimed at boosting high value service exports such as finance, technology and culture. The majority of the fund will derive from private investors, with the Ministry of Finance contributing RMB 5 billion. The fund will be made available for all sorts of companies, including state owned and private enterprises. The fund is the first of its kind in China, and forms part of the country’s drive to shift towards an economy based on service exports. According to the Ministry of Commerce, China’s import and export and services reached RMB 4.29 trillion in 2016, with the tourism industry the biggest contributor. However, China only accounts for six percent of the world’s service trade.
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New energy vehicles forecast good growth after subsidies cuts
January sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) plummeted by 74.4 percent in January following a tightening in subsidies policies, after some companies were exploiting them. However, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, sales previous to this reached 507,000 in 2016, up 53 percent in 2015, and sales of NEVs are expected to maintain good growth this year. Although subsidies will be cut by 20 to 30 percent during 2017-2018, China’s development of NEVs is keeping up with the global market. Research and development is increasing with the inflow of investment, meaning that new products will come onto the market this year.
Mechanical industry reports strong growth
China’s Machinery Industry Federation has reported that the country’s mechanical industry grew rapidly last year, mainly due to the fast developing automobile and electrical appliance segments. The automobile segment comprised nearly 60 percent of the industry’s revenue, recording increased profits of RMB 688.6 billion last year, up RMB 66.27 from 2015. Domestically produced cars sales increased by 20 percent, accounting for more than 40 percent of China’s overall car sales. The electrical appliance segment comprised 20 percent of the overall machinery industry. This year, particular attention will be paid to high end numerical control machine tools and intelligent equipment.
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China tourism revenue surges over Lunar New Year holiday
This year’s Lunar New Year holiday period saw a total of RMB 423.3 billion spent on tourism, a 15.9 percent increase on last year according to the National Tourism Administration. Outbound tourism increased, with around 6.15 million overseas trips by Chinese nationals, up seven percent. Travel website Ctrip recorded over RMB 100 billion on outbound tourism. Tuniu.com, an online travel agency also reported a similar boom, generating around 48 percent of its holiday business from outbound tourism, with Southeast Asian countries proving the most popular destinations. This trend is fueled by greater numbers of residents from rural cities looking to holiday abroad.
By Harry Handley
As host of the 2016 G20 summit, Zhejiang province has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent months. The province of 55 million people is advantageously located on China’s east coast, south of Shanghai which is easily accessible via one of the world’s transoceanic bridges spanning the Hangzhou Bay. Zhejiang boasts advanced infrastructure, with 2,600 kilometers of railway, almost 120,000 kilometers of highway, and one of the top five busiest ports in the world. These factors, along with a rapidly developing business environment, have led Zhejiang to become one of the strongest and most diverse provincial economies in China.
A growing number of foreign firms are choosing Zhejiang as the location for their Chinese investments. The province offers great opportunities to potential China entrants, including a range of economic development zones. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, the economy of Zhejiang and recent foreign direct investment (FDI) trends must be understood.