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<strong>Sales dip but Chinese EV producers continue price war in Thailand</strong>
Asia, China, Market

Sales dip but Chinese EV producers continue price war in Thailand

In the face of stiff competition and declining sales in Thailand's Electric Vehicle (EV) market, Chinese automakers are battling to carve out a niche for themselves. This spring, a host of Chinese automakers showcased their EVs at an international auto show in Bangkok, Thailand, in an attempt to attract Thai customers. Among the participants were notable companies such as Changan Automobile, BYD, Great Wall Motor Company Ltd., Dong Feng Motor Corporation, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, Nio, Xpeng, Leap motor, Hozon, Geely, JAC, and others. Despite the aggressive pricing strategies employed by these Chinese automakers, their vehicles have yet to gain significant traction among Thai consumers. The sales of EVs in the Thai market continue to be sluggish, casting a shadow over the ...
<strong>Yuan losing sheen among Chinese exporters</strong>
China, USA, World

Yuan losing sheen among Chinese exporters

China has for long been promoting yuan as a formidable global tradeable currency, but in recent times it has not been able to match the soaring value and worth of the US dollar. The volatility, low returns, and unexpected shift in external demand for yuan has prompted the Chinese exporters to shift their loyalty to the US dollar. Chinese traders have read the market condition well and are certain of yuan’s depreciation against the dollar. US dollar has been performing well at the global stage and the US Federal Reserve has defined expectations and refrained from downgrading its interest rates due to looming inflation threat. The Chinese exporters are investing their capital in US assets for better returns. This perhaps is a negative trend for China and is a result of recent dwindlin...
<strong>China flooding international markets with cheap goods</strong>
China, USA

China flooding international markets with cheap goods

 With tension between China and the US far from tapering off anytime soon, it is in trade and economic areas where Beijing’s activities appear to have further hit panic button in Washington DC as Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his April 24-26 visit to East Asian country, raised his concern on dumping of Chinese products, including steel and Aluminium in the American market. US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller was quoted by Reuters as saying that at a meeting with Chinese top officials, Blinken raised “concerns” about China’s trade policies and non-economic practices. This is the second time in a month when a senior official of the Joe Biden administration put the issue-related to dumping- on the table before Chinese authorities. Earlier, US Trea...
<strong><u>The Case of Nuctech: An Unending Saga of Market Distortion by the Chinese</u></strong>
China

The Case of Nuctech: An Unending Saga of Market Distortion by the Chinese

The growing tensions between the West and China have taken a new turn this week, with Brussels officials being compelled to raid the offices of Nuctech, a Chinese security equipment maker company located in Europe. The reasons for the “unannounced investigation” are the prolonged concerns over China excessively and unduly subsidizing its firms to distort competition in the international market, dumping activities, and predating over the internal markets of Europe. Back in 2020, Nuctech was listed by the US amongst those needing stricter license requirements "for its involvement in activities that are contrary to the national security interests of the United States.” The raid comes under the EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation, which came into effect in July last year. FSR is the set of r...
<strong>China struggles to save its international Rare Earth Market</strong>
China, Market

China struggles to save its international Rare Earth Market

At the time when China is bedevilled by shifting away of supply chains from its shores and imposition of high import tariffs and blacklisting of its companies by US and Western countries, the world’s second-largest economy is staring at a significant drop in its status as the top international exporter of the rare earth materials. Data from China’s General Administration of Customs shows that the country’s exports of the 17 minerals classified as rare earths fell 18.2% in December 2023 from the previous month, to 3,439 tons. In 2022, it exported 48,728 metric tonnes of rare earths, down 0.4% year-on-year. The US Geological Survey report also suggests that China’s share of total rare earth exports dropped from about 90% a decade ago to roughly 70% in 2022. The Chinese Society of Rare...
<strong>China’s over-capacity and low domestic demand are becoming a problem for the World Economy.</strong>
China

China’s over-capacity and low domestic demand are becoming a problem for the World Economy.

The deflationary situations in China are spilling over negative externalities to the rest of the world, building tensions in international economics and diplomacy. More Chinese businesses are intending to dump low-cost goods into the rest of the world. Post-covid recovery in China has been weak due to a lack of demand-driven stimulus in the domestic markets, due to its demographic crisis[1], lower housing investment and weak estate sector[2], and rising youth employment. Local governments are also cutting their spending on routine expenditures like salaries to their employees[3]. There has been no increase in transfers or financial support from the government to households to increase their consumption capacity. As per a recent exchange between China and the US, Treasury Secretary Jane...
Beijing responds to Fitch Ratings’ lowering of the credit outlook by stating that domestic debt concerns are manageable.
China

Beijing responds to Fitch Ratings’ lowering of the credit outlook by stating that domestic debt concerns are manageable.

A decision by a leading credit rating agency to downgrade China’s sovereign debt outlook failed to foresee the “positive role” of Beijing’s fiscal policy mix in promoting economic growth and stabilising the macro-leverage ratio, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. Fitch Ratings had earlier on Wednesday cited concerns over China’s property and public finance stress, as well as “eroded fiscal buffers” as the result of wide fiscal deficits and rising government debts, as the reasons behind cutting the rating from stable to negative.“It is a pity to see Fitch’s downgrade,” the finance ministry said. “The long-term positive trend of China’s economy has not changed, nor has the Chinese government’s ability and determination to maintain good sovereign credit.” ‘We can’t fall behi...
A ratings agency downgrades the forecast for China’s debt due to economic uncertainties.
China

A ratings agency downgrades the forecast for China’s debt due to economic uncertainties.

Fitch has downgraded the outlook on China’s debt as it warned of increased risks to the economy while the country moves away from its reliance on growth from the property sector. On Wednesday the US-based agency said it had revised China’s sovereign credit rating from stable to negative, saying this reflected the “increasing risks to China’s public finance outlook” as the country “contends with more uncertain economic prospects”. The downgrade comes amid a prolonged crisis in the country’s property sector that has been running since 2021, when a regulatory crackdown on debt-fuelled construction triggered a liquidity squeeze. The huge Chinese property company Evergrande was ordered to go into liquidation earlier this year, while last week the rival crisis-hit developer Country Gar...
<strong>Economic hardship for Citizens and businesses alike in China</strong>
China

Economic hardship for Citizens and businesses alike in China

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recently implemented a nationwide campaign to promote financial discipline and frugality across all levels of government. The Ministry of Finance issued a notice on their website urging all regions and departments to tighten their belts and maintain strict financial discipline. The notice outlines several key areas where spending needed to be controlled and strictly managed, including strengthening the management of three public expenses: official receptions, vehicles and overseas trips. It also urged on reducing general expenditures and significantly cutting back on forums, festivals, exhibitions and other activities. In response to the central government's directive Provincial-level government Affairs Management Bureaus in various regions such as...
<strong>China’s Financial Quagmire: Can the Dragon Escape?</strong>
China

China’s Financial Quagmire: Can the Dragon Escape?

Bank of Jiujiang, a mid-level loan specialist from a southern Chinese river town, conferred some terrible news on 19th March. In a rare divulgence, it informed that financial backers dividends for 2023 could fall by 30%, in light of ineffectively performing credits. This is only the kind of data Chinese banks are ordinarily hesitant to uncover. For sure, they frequently take incredible measures to abstain from doing as such. Normally, the trick fills in as follows: the bank loans to a resource, the Asset Management Company (AMC), that consequently buys its toxic credits. The agreements drawn up between the two gatherings incorporate expectations that empower the AMC to stay away from the credit dangers of the terrible advances they are purchasing. Privacy statements hold these game pla...