China´s leaders have announced that reform (and even merger) of state-owned enterprises are high on the political agenda. But at the same time, the central government does not want to lose control. Can both ambitions go together, wonders financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Mixed ownership does not mean an orientation on the market.
China´s debts level has reached record heights, but the state will continue to guarantee sovereign debts, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu. And that support is also extended to state-owned companies like Cosco and ChemChina, despite downward pressures from the rating agencies, she argues in the Diplomat.
Many growth indexes in China might point south, consumer spending is one of the few that might indicate government policies might be working, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Americans still consume per capita 53 times more goods and services than Chinese, so there is much room to growth, she says.
China has faced a record outflow of capital since the end of 2015. Efforts to stop that outflow, maybe needed, delay severely the planned liberalization of the financial markets, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. “The rate of change is dissatisfying to those calling for reform.”
Nothing is moving fast, but slowly China´s central bank PBOC will loosing its traditionally iron grip on its currency, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Linking the Renminbi to a basket of currencies in stead of only the US dollar failed in the past, but might work out now.
The anti-corruption campaign has hit China´s financial industry midships, and is now in the process of derailing the announced reforms, warns financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat, despite China´s inclusion into the IMF currency basket and the lifting of the deposit interest rate ceiling.