Recent reports on China’s overall economy have included some encouraging trends…
- CNBC reports that strong global demand led to higher-than-expected import and export numbers in June. Exports rose 11.3 percent, and imports rose 17.2 percent, compared with a year earlier.
- Bloomberg reports that China’s credit system became more efficient in June due to well-implemented regulations on financial speculation. This led to overall credit lending expanding even as money supply stayed the same.
…but there are huge obstacles the government still needs to overcome:
- Productivity growth in the Chinese economy has been stuck at zero for almost a decade, as a direct result of stalled market liberalization and a 2008 stimulus package aimed at inefficient state-owned enterprises, Dexter Roberts writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Financial risks from debt, wealth management products, and sectors like property markets continue to alarm top officials. President Xi is personally attending the closed-door National Financial Work Conference that started on July 14, which is likely to propose actions to address what many see as the currently inadequate structure to manage financial risks.
- Furthermore, Bloomberg reports that officials increasingly admit that the environmental damage to air, water, and soil caused by rapid economic growth is “grave,” costly, and unsustainable. As the country works to address these issues, the economic impact of potential environmental policy reform has become a major “swing factor” in estimates for future growth numbers.
Meinian gets go-ahead to acquire rival Ciming / Caixin (paywall)
Foreign automakers call on China to soften electric car quotas / Reuters
Strict environmental rules hit luxury carmakers’ China shipments / Financial Times (paywall)
Mergers and acquisitions
Little-known investor takes Yidao off LeEco’s troubled hands / Caixin
The deal, for an unspecified amount, “will at least temporarily prevent further indebtedness for LeEco, which has been in turmoil since revealing a liquidity crisis brought about by excessive spending in too many ventures.”
Chinese buyout group wins $11.6 billion bid to buy Global Logistic Properties / Reuters
HNA to pay $16 million for controlling stake in Brazil airport / Caixin
Why Hollywood is relying on China to halt a box office slide / NYT (paywall)