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     BEIJING (MNI) - TOP NEWS: China will cut punitive tariffs on $75 billion
U.S. goods from Feb. 14, according to a statement on the website of the Ministry
of Finance. Punitive tariffs announced on Sept. 1 last year will be lowered to
5% from 10%, and the others to 2.5% from 5%. China is willing to work with the
U.S. and remove all the additional tariffs imposed since last year, according to
the statement. 
     EXCLUSIVE: China is likely to ask the U.S. to accept delays in promised
purchases of American goods under the Phase One trade deal signed last month, as
it copes with the economically disruptive coronavirus outbreak, former Vice
Minister of Commerce Wei Jianguo told MNI.
     EXCLUSIVE: China's regulators have steered domestic banks to support policy
bank special bonds issued to raise funds to help contain the coronavirus
epidemic by pushing the initial coupon lower, according to two traders contacted
by MNI.
     LIQUIDITY: The People's Bank of China (PBOC) skipped open market operations
for the second day, leaving liquidity unchanged, according to Wind Information.
Total liquidity is sufficient to meet market demand, PBOC said.
     RATES: The seven-day weighted average interbank repo rate for depository
institutions (DR007) fell to 2.2092% from Wednesday's close of 2.2952%, data by
Wind Information showed. The overnight repo average decreased to 1.7198% from
Wednesday's 1.9430%.
     YUAN: The currency strengthened to 6.9696 against the dollar from
Wednesday's 6.9997 close. PBOC set the dollar-yuan central parity rate higher
for the sixth consecutive trading day at 6.9985, compared with Wednesday's
6.9823. The rate is now at the highest point since Dec. 25, 2019.
     BONDS: The yield on 10-year China Government Bonds was last at 2.8625%,
down from Wednesday's close of 2.8700%, according to Wind Information.
     STOCKS: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.72% to 2,866.51, extending a
rebound to a third day. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rallied 2.64% to 27,493.70.
     FROM THE PRESS: The Chinese government will subsidize half the interest
payments on loans to key medical companies to keep their borrowing rate below
1.6% amid the epidemic, according to an official statement following the weekly
State Council meeting held yesterday. The government will support banks in
providing preferential interest rates to help companies producing and selling
key medical material and daily necessities, according to the statement.
     Some Chinese local authorities including those in Beijing and Shanghai
offered to rebate companies' payments on unemployment social insurance to
encourage companies not to lay off workers amid the outbreak of coronavirus, The
Paper reported.
     China must improve its governance capacity and provide effective legal
protection for epidemic prevention and control works, President Xi Jinping told
a party conference yesterday, according to a statement on the People's Daily's
front-page. Xi urged cadres to increase law enforcement and market supervision,
punish those sabotaging disease-prevention efforts and spreading rumours and
properly update progress of the outbreak, according to the statement. 
     Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua urged agricultural authorities to ensure
food supplies during the coronavirus outbreak, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Officials must ensure crop planting, resolve transportation snags that impacted
animal farming and help rural migrant workers return to work, Hu said according
to Xinhua.
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