Finance & Economy

Following the official launch of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Dr. Nicola Casarini explores how the internationalization of the renminbi can benefit the global economy with an emphasis on the Eurozone.

China needs to review its liberalization financial policies, especially the pace of the liberalization of capital accounts, writes Zhang Monan. 2014’s changing global currency financial environment may bring huge risk premiums to China.


2013 has seen three remarkable changes in China-US economic and trade relations, writes Zhou Shijian.


With the Central Economic Work Conference just concluded, the important task facing the 2014 Chinese economy seems to be twofold: balancing China’s medium and long-term reform with its short-term growth, and balancing its structural adjustment with control and prevention of possible risks, writes Zhang Monan.

China’s latest round of reforms arrives at a critical moment in the debate about the renminbi’s internationalization. Should the renminbi join the US dollar and the euro as an international vehicle currency, and can Shanghai subsequently become a first-tier international financial center?

As inward FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean reached an all time high in 2011 with total inflows of $153 billion in 2011, China continues to increase its investments in the region. Fernando Menéndez explains that rather than focusing on increased competition, the US and China should collaborate so both nations may benefit from the region’s booming economies.

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The success of the Third Plenum’s recently announced economic reforms rely heavily on the outcome of China’s financial sector reforms. Important topics to monitor, writes Yi Xianrong, include interest rate liberalization, stock market regulation, changes to the exchange rate regime, and the risk that these reforms entail.

In the United States, proposed budget deals may ensure stability in the short-term. In China, the ongoing economic reforms could foster sustained growth in the medium-term. In both cases, new challenges await after 2015.


Following the whirlwind tour of high-level interactions between the United States and China, Qian Liwei examines the synergistic relationship between the two countries and lays out steps for a future built on cooperation.

When Janet Yellen was nominated to the position of Federal Reserve Chair, investors and policy analysts cheered the nomination of the first female head, and paid great attention to the future of quantitative easing, writes Yu Xiang.

October’s shutdown of the US federal government elicited responses from Chinese leaders and businesses alike. These responses all seemed to send the same message – the US must get its house in order or China will not be investing in the United States much longer.

Changes suggested by the Third Plenum could be useful for America’s ailing economy.

Africa is poised to see an uptick in infrastructure construction following a pledge by China’s Export-Import Bank to invest as much as $1 trillion in financing in the continent over the next decade. As Robert Rotberg explains, the commitment will strengthen China’s partnerships with African nations while developing critical infrastructure in the region.


With significant reform measures clarified on the Party’s Third Plenum for such important sectors as fiscal and finance systems and State-owned enterprises, there are few direct mentions or words about urbanization. However, if reading between the lines, a major shift in the development of urbanization is too apparent to ignore, writes Zhang Monan.

With a new stage of reforms beginning, it is important for China to look outside its borders for economic reform. China aims to build a new major-power relationship with the U.S. and doing this should involve joining the TPP and other FTAs. Joining such agreements would bring a variety of benefits to the world’s second-largest economy.

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