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China: an opportunity for sustainable growth and leadership

Man looks at the Pudong financial district of Shanghai

You’ve seen the headlines. China’s economy is experiencing a “new normal”.  The double digit growth which has helped to lift tens of millions out of poverty is declining to mid-single digits. This same growth has left huge environmental costs. As Premier Li Keqiang said a few days ago at the opening of the country’s annual parliamentary meeting, pollution has become “a blight on people’s quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts.”

So now, a pure growth solution is no longer viable as a pathway for economic development. In order to understand this “new normal” pathway which matters so much to all of us and on which China may provide global leadership, we sat down with two champions for sustainable development in China, Professor Dajian Zhu, who advises central government planners, and Mr. George Lee, Chairman of Shanghia-based De Tao Group, which is catalyzing new avenues for sustainable development with the help of a growing network of global thought-leaders.

Professor Zhu helped provide some context, explaining that “China still has a significant challenge with per-capita income and economic prosperity compared with the rest of the world. Consider how our trajectory looks from a population growth perspective:” (more…)

Miners’ margins – Graphic of the day

The big three miners (Vale, Rio Tinto &  BJP Billiton), together with Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group may be entering the final round of their fight to win more market share in China at the expense of high-cost rivals. The four companies added 234 million tonnes of iron ore to global sea-borne supply in the past two years, and will add another 196 million tonnes by 2020, according to Vale. Today’s graphic charts the Big Four miners’ iron ore production and operating margins since 2010, as well as the declining price of iron ore.

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China’s anti monopoly crackdown – Graphic of the day

Qualcomm has agreed to pay the largest fine in China’s corporate history ($975 million), ending a 14-month government investigation into anti-competitive practices Today’s graphic shows the millions of dollars in fines that have been imposed since 2010 on dozens of companies in various industries under China’s anti-monopoly law that launched in 2008.

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Oil supplies to China – Graphic of the day

Middle East crude exports to China increased in January, with the market share improving to 53.9%, as the Asian country took advantage of low prices to stockpile. Today’s graphic shows China’s crude imports by region since 2012.

Oil supplies to China - Graphic of the day

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China’s growth targets – Graphic of the day

The Chinese economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in 2014. Provinces have in response lowered their GDP targets for 2015, with Shanghai eliminating its target altogether. Today’s graphic tracks the growth targets across Chinese provinces.

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Reuters Breakingviews predicts what’s ahead for 2015

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Reuters Breakingviews released its annual predictions book this week, preparing readers for the year ahead with punchy, provocative views on what will happen in 2015 – and what won’t happen, but should. Columnists on three continents apply insight and intelligence to topics ranging from global economic growth to oil prices, the fate of banking giants like Bank of America and Deutsche Bank, activist investors’ next targets and the UK’s next government.

The collected predictions range from the controversial to the analytical, accompanied by images, interactive graphics and calculators designed to help readers make a year’s worth of smart decisions. And whether the forecasts prove spot on, half right, or misguided, each of them offers the agenda-setting financial foresight Breakingviews readers have come to expect.

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Opening the gates

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New developments are opening up China’s capital markets to growth-hungry global investors.

When China’s premier Li Keqiang announced in April that China would finally move ahead with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect in October, investors around the world applauded the move as a breakthrough for China’s capital markets. The news followed a raft of wide-ranging financial reforms announced late last year, which aim to clean up the Asian giant’s banking system, gradually open its capital account, and above all internationalize the use of the country’s currency, the renminbi (RMB) – also known as the yuan.

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is a major step forward for China’s financial reform process.

The program offers international investors deeper access to China’s A-shares, while more mainland investors will acquire access to Hong Kong equities, bringing more liquidity – as well as arbitrage opportunities – to both markets, although valuation gaps between dual-listed stocks are expected to close over time.

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Participating in the first World Internet Conference with other global internet leaders

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Last month, Thomson Reuters participated in the first World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China. The conference is co-sponsored by China’s newly formed Cyberspace Administration (formerly named the State Internet Information Office) and Zhejiang Provincial Government, and attracted about 1000 policymakers and top industry executives. The conference covered topics including global internet governance, mobile, cross-border e-commerce, cyber security and terrorism, and has the stated mission to promote the “development of [the] Internet to be the global shared resources for human solidarity and economic progress.” (more…)

The world’s largest ship – Graphic of the day

Designed to plough the trade route between Asia and Europe, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe is the first ship of its kind to transport as many goods in a single journey. Today’s graphic is a diagram of the world’s largest ship, a comparison to other (smaller) competitors and a timeline of its maiden voyage port calls.

China Shipping Container Lines

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Falling global dairy prices hit New Zealand farmers – Graphic of the day

As global dairy prices plummet due to falling demand from China and Russia, signs are emerging that supply in New Zealand is starting to slow following record-high prices and production from last season. Today’s graphic looks at the recent change in New Zealand dairy production, prices and exports.

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