Leaders from China are under pressure to follow up their upbeat economic talk with more substantial action. The yuan is trading close to an eight-month low, Chinese shares are on track for their third straight week of losses, and anxiety in the country’s credit market is rising. Premier Li Qiang promised on Thursday to “spare no time” in putting targeted stimulus into place, but he made no mention of the details that investors have been demanding. Li stated during a conference with economists that the government would propose a set of “targeted, comprehensive, and well-coordinated” measures to control growth and employment as well as to foresee hazards “in a timely manner.” The official Xinhua News Agency from China gave a recap of the incident.
Furthermore, Li said that the nation was “in a crucial stage of economic recovery and industrial upgrading.” According to Bruce Pang, chief economist at Jones Lang Lasalle Inc., these comments showed that authorities are eager to maintain the course set during an economic summit among top officials in April.
The government must balance stabilizing GDP in the short term with avoiding any long-term structural problems, according to Pang, who added that policies are still being established. “Policies are still being formed, but there’s unlikely to be any big stimulus,” he said.
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Share Prices go up in China:
In line with the general downturn in Asia, stocks dipped Friday in China and Hong Kong. While the onshore CSI 300 Index is down approximately 0.4%, an indicator of Chinese shares listed in the financial center fell as much as 0.7% in early trading. Offshore yuan mildly increased by 0.1% to trade at $7.2481 per dollar, setting up for the first weekly gains in three weeks.
As the recovery slows, anticipation that the government will offer economic assistance has grown. The housing market is struggling, youth employment is at all-time highs, and consumer and business confidence is still low.
For the first time in nearly a year, the central bank lowered policy interest rates last month, indicating a looser monetary policy. However, the policy lending rate was only reduced by 10 basis points, and subsequent steps, including extending tax breaks for electric car purchases, have only had a little impact. The breadth of any stimulus measures will probably be constrained, according to economists.
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