Oct 12, 2021 09:40 AM

CX Daily: How China Stumbled Into A Giant Energy Shortage

Energy /

Cover Story: How China stumbled into a giant energy shortage

The perfect storm that created China’s worst power crunch grew out of surging energy demand amid the post-pandemic recovery at the same time that coal supply plunged under the government’s emission-reduction campaign.

Since late September, many parts of China have suffered severe electricity shortages. Local governments imposed power cuts and rationing on industrial users and even residents. The ripple effects disrupted global supply chains as textile, steel and other factories shut down and production plunged.

China raises cap on electricity prices in bid to tackle power shortage

China coal futures surge to record as floods swamp mining hub

Negative list /

What’s off-limits in China’s newly revised ‘negative list’ for investment

China unveiled a draft revision to a list of industries for which investment is restricted or prohibited, reducing the overall number of businesses subject to entry barriers while adding new restrictions for media, finance and cryptocurrency.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce Friday published the draft “negative list” (link in Chinese), seeking public comments until Oct. 14 for its annual revision.



Liu He, vice premier of China’s State Council. Photo: Xinhua

China-U.S. /

Top trade negotiators from China, U.S. agree to solve disputes through discussion

China’s Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai agreed in a video call Saturday to resolve bilateral economic and trade disputes through consultation, sending a signal that the two sides are continuing to stabilize economic relations that suffered from tit-for-tat tariffs and sanctions.

It marked the second time the two lead trade negotiators had a discussion on economic and trade issues since their first phone conversation in late May. It also came three days after the latest round of diplomatic and security talks between Politburo member Yang Jiechi and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Zurich.

Fines /

Several private banks hit with record fines for playing fast and loose with loans

Several privately owned Chinese banks were fined at unprecedented levels for misconduct such as failing to properly control risks and manage how their loans are issued, China’s banking regulator said, as it steps up supervision over the industry.

Chongqing Fumin Bank Co. Ltd. was fined 8.5 million yuan ($1.3 million) by a branch of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, according to a statement (link in Chinese) released Sept. 30 on the regulator’s website. It was the heaviest fine that regulators have ever levied against a privately owned bank.

Property /

Northeastern city tries to warm up quickly cooling property market

China’s regional authorities are signaling they want to stabilize fast-cooling property markets as one northeastern city took measures to ease developers’ liquidity woes and shore up demand.

A slew of measures issued by Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, aims to promote its real estate market’s “stable and healthy development,” a local state-owned news site reported (link in Chinese) Saturday. The measures took effect Oct. 1 and will last until the end of next year.

China’s biggest real estate developers look unlikely to meet annual sales targets



Meituan’s 3% penalty was less both in value and percentage than a record 18 billion yuan fine handed to Alibaba in April.

Antitrust /

China fines Meituan $533 million to end antitrust probe

China’s market regulator levied a 3.44 billion yuan ($533 million) fine on Meituan for anti-competitive practices, ending a months-long probe of the food-delivery giant and lifting the regulatory uncertainty weighing on its stock.

The fine was calculated as 3% of the company’s domestic sales for 2020, a relatively lenient penalty, according to China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, which sets fines on abuse of market dominance at up to 10% of a business’s revenue for the previous year.

Meituan will also have to return 1.29 billion yuan of merchant deposits taken as part of exclusivity agreements that the regulator ruled unlawful.

Opinion: Fines on Meituan and Alibaba show effectiveness of anti-monopoly law

Moon /

China moon rocks haul show volcanic activity 1 billion years later than once thought

Lunar samples brought back by China’s Chang’e 5 mission showed the moon was volcanically active far later than previously known, offering fresh insight that could help scientists better understand the history of other celestial bodies in the solar system, according to an international study.

Researchers found that two fragments of lava brought to Earth by the Chinese mission — the first moon landing in more than four decades — were around 1.96 billion years old, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The finding marked the latest volcanic eruptions identified on the moon by any country.

Editorial: What China needs to do to take home Nobel Prizes in science

Short-selling /

Faraday Future responds to short-seller attack it calls ‘misleading’

Embattled electric vehicle company Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. responded Monday to a short-seller attack that raised doubts on whether the Nasdaq-listed enterprise ”will ever sell a car,” saying the report was “full of misleading information” and that it was considering its legal options.

The U.S. short-seller J Capital Research said in a report issued Thursday that Faraday would indefinitely delay the 2022 mass production target for its first model, the FF91, in part because of unresolved engineering problems. Faraday abandoned five factory projects and is counting on a Hanford, California, facility that shows very little activity or hiring, J Capital said.

ByteDance /

ByteDance pushes into property with new real estate broker’s license

ByteDance Inc., the owner of global short-video sharing sensation TikTok, is gearing up to enter China’s highly regulated rental housing market after obtaining a real estate broker’s license and making other recent moves that could help it compete against established real estate portals.

ByteDance, which has been working to diversify its revenue by expanding into gaming, education, health care and hardware, is entering a property market where national and local regulators are tightening oversight after high-profile collapses with developers unable to repay their debts.

Quick hits /

Lenovo withdraws listing application on STAR Market

Chinese miner to acquire Canada-based Neo Lithium for $770 million

Ex-state firm bigwig expelled from the Party on suspicion of corruption



Super typhoon lashes South China

Thanks for reading. If you haven’t already, click here to subscribe.

Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code