Jun 10, 2022 10:42 AM

CX Daily: China’s Never-Ending Coal Price Woes

Coal is unloaded at Lianyungang port in East China’s Jiangsu province on May 24. Photo: VCG
Coal is unloaded at Lianyungang port in East China’s Jiangsu province on May 24. Photo: VCG

Coal /

In Depth: China’s never-ending coal price woes

On the last day of China’s Labor Day holiday in early May, some truckers in Inner Mongolia weren’t taking a break. They were in a queue stretching dozens of kilometers, all waiting to load up on coal at the privately-owned Erlintu mine.

The line of idling vehicles was so long it snaked back across the border into Shaanxi province, said Gao Jinxin, who works at a local mining company in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

Demand for Erlintu’s coal has gone through the roof as China’s regulators have pushed coal mining companies to focus on meeting long-term contract deliveries first, Gao said.

Rains /

Unending torrential rain leaves at least 24 dead across China

At least 24 people have died and six more are missing as torrential rain continues to batter parts of China, according to state media reports and official statements.

Since late May, heavy downpours have triggered flooding and landslides in at least four provincial-level regions, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. Authorities have warned of an increased risk of floods and other rain-induced disasters in the near future, especially in southern China.



Inflows /

Foreign capital roars back into China’s stock market

Foreign capital returned to China’s stock market with a bang in early June following a record sell-off earlier this year as an easing of Covid lockdowns and a slew of government policies to support the economy propped up investor confidence.

Overseas investors bought a net 26.1 billion yuan ($3.9 billion) of Chinese mainland-traded shares through the Hong Kong Stock Connect program in the first five trading days of June, topping the net inflow of 16.9 billion yuan recorded over the entire month of May and 6.3 billion yuan in April, data from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. show.

Testing /

China ramps up regulation of Covid test agents

As China rolls out more mass Covid-19 testing, the country’s top drug regulator issued tough new rules and a warning for makers of Covid test agents.

Under the new regulations for the development, production and use of test materials, serious violations affecting the safety and effectiveness of the products would result in suspensions for producers and recalls, the National Medical Products Administration said Tuesday.

Quick hits /

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The State Administration for Market Regulation investigated 175 antitrust cases in 2021.

The State Administration for Market Regulation investigated 175 antitrust cases in 2021.

Antitrust /

Chinese trust busters impose $3.53 billion of penalties in 2021

Chinese trust busters emphatically brought the hammer down on anti-competitive business practices last year, probing 60% more cases than in 2020 and imposing a 50-fold increase in penalties, according to the 2021 report of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on antitrust enforcement.

The report showed the full dimensions of the government’s broad crackdown on big Chinese tech companies’ monopolistic behavior. Internet and platform companies were the focus of the regulatory assault. Fines imposed on such companies in 2021 reached 21.74 billion yuan ($3.26 billion), accounting for 92.1% of the total antitrust penalties of 23.6 billion yuan ($3.53 billion).

Semiconductors /

Chip shortage fans investor interest in semiconductor equipment firm’s $540 million IPO

Semiconductor equipment manufacturer Hwatsing Technology Co. Ltd. booked a blistering Shanghai STAR Market IPO debut Wednesday amid a Covid-induced global shortage of microchips.

The Tianjin-based company’s shares surged 72% in early trading but gave back some of the gains over the course of the day to close up 64% at 224.1 yuan ($33.5), valuing Hwatsing at about 23.9 billion yuan.

Steel /

China’s Baowu retains global steelmaking crown

China Baowu Steel Group Corp. Ltd. has been crowned the world’s largest steelmaker for the second year straight, even as the country’s total steel output fell.

According to figures released by the World Steel Association (WSA) Tuesday, state-owned Baowu’s annual output in 2021 jumped 4.35% to nearly 120 million tons of crude steel last year, followed by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA with 80 million tons.

Quick hits /

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Long Read /

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