China Economy


Chinese trade slows

Via Capital Economics: • Exports continued to defy US tariffs last month but imports softened in the face of cooling domestic demand. We expect both to weaken in the coming quarters as economic growth slows in China and among its major trading partners. • Export growth accelerated in September, from 9.8% y/y to 14.5% in


Cold War 2.0 craters alternative China PMI

Via Bloomie: The CKGSB Business Conditions Index, compiled by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, dropped to the lowest level in its seven-year history in September as the U.S. and Chinese governments imposed new rounds of tariffs on each other’s exports, escalating the trade war. I don’t usually follow it but the survey appears to have


Chinese ‘sharp power’ crisis grows as US reveals global “hack”

Via Bloomie today: In 2015, Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology


China outlaws bad economic news as economy slows

I’m pretty sure that Australia’s politico-housing complex (from the corrupt RBA to the Property Council) would agree wholeheartedly with this, via NYT: China has long made it clear that reporting on politics, civil society and sensitive historical events is forbidden. Increasingly, it wants to keep negative news about the economy under control, too. A government


China PMIs sink

Via Capital Economics: • The latest PMI readings suggest that growth slowed last month. The breakdown points toward weaker exports, though it’s too soon to know if this is due to US tariffs or simply the result of cooling global growth. Meanwhile, a jump in the construction PMI suggests that fiscal easing may be gaining


Trade war rams China PMI

Via China’s National Bureau: In September 2018 , the China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index ( PMI ) was 50.8% , down 0.5 percentage points from the previous month . It continued to operate in the boom zone, and the overall manufacturing industry continued to expand, and the growth rate slowed down. In terms of enterprise scale, the PMI of large enterprises is 52.1% , which is the same as last month, and


How China steals technology

Via the WSJ: DuPont Co. suspected its onetime partner in China was getting hold of its prized chemical technology, and spent more than a year fighting in arbitration trying to make it stop. Then, 20 investigators from China’s antitrust authority showed up. For four days this past December, they fanned out through DuPont’s Shanghai offices,


A hint about the future of Chinese leverage

Via FTAlphaville: This summer Evergrande, the Shenzen- $144bn real-estate goliath, invested $860m in Faraday Future, an electric car maker aiming to take Tesla’s crown. The investment may have been defensive. Evergrande is diversifying its asset base away from its holdings of real estate; the move may be a hint about the future of China’s hyper-leveraged real estate


Trump plans “administration wide broadside” on China

Via Axios: The Trump administration is planning to launch a major, “administration-wide,” broadside against China, according to two sources briefed on the sensitive internal discussions. These sources, who weren’t authorized to discuss the plans with the media, told me the effort is expected to launch in the next few weeks. The details: The broadside against China


Chinese rents soar as apartments to Mars stand empty

Via Zero Hedge: Beijing has been trying to calm its bubbly real estate market with policies that divert investor funds into China’s rental market. But the policy shift to increase the supply of rental housing has backfired, leaving most middle-class Chinese with a rapid increase in living expenses. The reason: the government’s latest centrally planned


Chinese credit eases off the bottom

The PBOC released new yuan loans for August last night the news was Total Social Financing came in at 1.52tr yuan with banks making up 1.123tr of that: Shadow banking made its first positive contribution for four months: Year on year growth was up 2.7% but the three month moving average remains well negative at


China is out of trade war responses

Via the WSJ: Chinese leaders are stepping up a charm offensive with U.S. multinationals and dropping earlier threats of retaliation as Beijing changes tack to keep the trade fight with Washington from scaring off foreign investors. Beijing is offering a reassuring message in its outreach to American companies. At a meeting last month, Liu He,


Chinese inflation eases

Via Capital Economics: Pork prices jump, shipments to US accelerate despite tariffs • Consumer price inflation picked up last month, as African swine flu led to a jump in pork prices. But with broad price pressures still relatively subdued, it’s still too soon to sound the alarm on inflation. Export growth slowed, though this appears


China’s trade surplus falls away

China released August trade numbers over the weekend and it’d good news and bad news for the economic war. Imports rose 20% and exports 9.8.% with the surplus narrowing to $27.9bn: The Chinese trade surplus is trending down though, alas, with the US it hit a new record high at $31.05bn. We might expect this


China forex reserves resume falls

Bad news for Aussie realty comes form Capital Economics: The People’s Bank is keeping its FX intervention off its balance sheet • The People’s Bank still appears reluctant to deploy its FX reserves in order to support the renminbi. We suspect that it is leaning on state-owned financial institutions to sell foreign assets in its


Rise of the angry China

Via The Australian: China’s representative at the Pacific Island Forum in Nauru has stormed out of talks with forum nations after a dispute with host nation leader, President Baron Waqa. The Chinese “dialogue partner” left the closed doors meeting after what was described as a “terse exchange of words” with Mr Waqa. Nauru, which recognises


China still slowing…

Via Capital Economics: • The latest survey data suggest that China’s economy continued to come under pressure last month. We expect further weakness ahead despite the shift toward policy easing. • The Caixin manufacturing PMI declined from 50.8 in July to a 14-month low of 50.6 in August. This was weaker than anticipated (both the


Caixin China PMI hits 14-month low

The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI has been released, which has edged down to a 14-month low: August survey data signalled a further improvement in Chinese manufacturing operating conditions. Output continued to expand, and at a quicker pace than in July. However, new orders rose at the slowest rate since May 2017, while export sales


China PMI steady

Via China’s NBS: In August , the manufacturing PMI was 51.3% , up 0.1 percentage points from the previous month and unchanged from the annual average. Since the beginning of this year, except for the Spring Festival, the index has been operating within the 51.0% – 52.0% boom period, and the overall manufacturing industry has


China economy to get worse before it gets better

At  Reuters today: China’s investment growth, already at record lows, may weaken even further in the future and authorities should step up fiscal and financial measures to give it a boost, the state planner said on Monday. Beijing is urging more infrastructure spending as the economy faces both domestic and external risks, such as U.S.


Rickards: Trump will break China

A nice piece from Jim Rickards cross-posted from the Austrians at Daily Reckoning: I’ve written for years that Chinese economic development is partly real and partly smoke and mirrors, and that it’s critical for investors to separate one from the other to make any sense out of China and its impact on the world. My longest piece on this topic


Will China grow old before it gets rich?

By Leith van Onselen I have noted previously how China’s economy is facing stiff headwinds from an ageing population (see here, here, here, and here). Essentially, China’s ageing problem stems from its ‘one child policy’, which was brought into effect in the early-1970s and is credited with preventing around 400 million births from 1979 to


US and China enter “new Cold War”

The Australian is very hopeful indeed: With the US and China set to ­resume trade talks, investors are expected to anticipate a breakthrough, pushing shares, commodities and the Aussie dollar higher before talks on Wednesday and Thursday. There could be some profit-taking by mid-week amid fears that the talks might not prevent tit-for-tat tariffs on