Finance & Economy

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Lasting 40 days and putting American holidays to shame, travel during this year’s Chinese New Year celebration is expected to top 3.6 billion trips or segments and will be the world’s largest human migration. It is essential to understand and respect this part of Chinese culture in the Year of the Horse.

Over the last two decades, a consensus about China’s growth model has emerged, with observers arguing that a shift to an intensive, efficiency-driven growth is essential. But empirical research reveals a critical flaw in this assessment – namely, that annual efficiency gains in China far exceed those of the US.

Is China engaging in a modern day version of dollar diplomacy? As Fernando Menéndez explains, China’s use of political and economic influence mirrors the previous intervention of the United States in Central America and the Caribbean.

The international community has praised China’s recent destruction of confiscated ivory as an important step towards reducing poaching in Africa. Robert Rotberg writes that China’s actions can spur further international cooperation and become a leader in anti-poaching initiatives.

Liu Shijin outlines three policy targets that will be conducive to steady growth in China’s economy, which can then rapidly shift to a more stable rate.

The risk of China’s debt crisis is building up and China needs structural solutions in order to effectively solve the issue, writes Zhang Monan.

Steven Hill follows the Chinese money-trail to the United States and concludes that in 2014 wealthy Chinese investors will be on the hunt, and that weakened advanced economies like in the U.S. and Europe are prime targets.

While much of the world has focused on the US Federal Reserve’s phasing out of quantitative easing, more significant economic news came out of China’s interbank market. As Michael Justin Lee explains, China’s year-end liquidity squeeze has implications for the global economy and deserves more attention.

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.

RMB

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

China-Economy

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.

stock market

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.

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