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BEIJING (MNI) - EXCLUSIVE: China may marginally relax its tough
property-market regulations as economic growth falls close to 6% next year, but
major moves are unlikely as authorities express determination not to resort to
stimulating the speculation-prone sector, government advisors told MNI.
"Regulations will maintain the current tight bias, as the trend for large
amounts of capital to flow into the real estate sector has not changed," said
Liu Xiahui, head of the economic growth office at the Institute of Economic of
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, but he added that "any tougher regulation on
home purchase limits, or developers' financing is unlikely."
POLICY: China will pursue larger-scale tax and fee cuts to stimulate
growth, but will "resolutely" oppose quantitative easing, Xinhua News Agency
reported citing Premier Li Keqiang. Li repeated that China won't open the credit
floodgate, according to Xinhua's report on the premier, who spoke at the "1+6"
roundtable with world leaders including the World Bank and IMF. China will
maintain the continuity and stability of its macroeconomic policies, utilize
countercyclical tools, prioritize employment and further implement policies
opening up its financial sectors, Li said according to Xinhua.
POLICY: China's economy has great resilience, potential and room for
adjustments, and its long-term improving trend won't change, Xinhua News Agency
reported President Xi Jinping as saying in a Friday meeting with International
Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. China resolutely opposes
protectionism and defends the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its
core, Xi said according to Xinhua.
POLICY: China's large-scale tax and fee cuts this year are expected to top
CNY2.3 trillion, said Minister of Finance Liu Kun, at a forum today. The finance
ministry will more efficiently implement tax cuts by closely monitoring changes
of companies' tax burdens and evaluate relevant policies, Liu said.
DATA: China revised up its 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) by 2.1% to
CNY91.93 trillion after conducting an economic census that it said gathered more
comprehensive and accurate data. The revision showed the service industry now
accounted for 53.3% of GDP, up from the original 52.2%, according to a statement
from the National Bureau of Statics (NBS). The revision should not have an
apparent impact on growth of this year, the NBS said.
LIQUIDITY: The People's Bank of China (PBOC) skipped open market operations
for the third consecutive day on Friday, leaving liquidity unchanged, according
to Wind Information. The level of liquidity in the banking system is reasonable
and ample, PBOC said.
RATES: The seven-day weighted average interbank repo rate for depository
institutions (DR007) rose to 2.4194% from Thursday's close of 2.3279%, Wind
Information showed. The overnight repo average increased to 1.9462% from
YUAN: The currency strengthened to 7.0356 against the dollar from
Thursday's close of 7.0374. PBOC set the dollar-yuan central parity rate lower
for a fifth day at 7.0306, compared with Thursday's 7.0217.
BONDS: The yield on 10-year China Government Bonds was last at 3.1675%,
flat from the close of Thursday, according to Wind Information.
STOCKS: The Shanghai Composite Index trimmed 0.63% to 2,885.29, as medical
and consumer electronics shares tumbled. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index increased
0.48% to 26,595.08.
FROM THE PRESS: China has relaxed market access to the aged care and public
welfare industry to stimulate growth, the People's Daily reported. The new list
of restricted sectors has been shortened by 13% from 2018, removing some social
and national security regulations, the newspaper cited analysts as saying.
China's relatively higher interest rates among developing economies allow
policy tools to deal with another global financial crisis, China News Services
reported citing former PBOC governor Zhou Xiaochuan. China should avoid moving
to negative rates too soon, while the world should attach importance to trade
frictions and the dangers of bubble economics so to avoid financial crisis, the
newspaper cited Zhou as saying.
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