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Aug 18, 2022 09:02 AM
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CX Daily: State Drugmaker Snared Over Scheme to Rip Off Government

Photo: VCG
Photo: VCG

Drug /

State drugmaker snared over scheme to rip off government

State-owned drugmaker Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Holdings Co. Ltd. has been implicated in a sophisticated scheme to defraud China’s medical subsidy system by enlisting the help of raw ingredients suppliers to mark up its drug prices.

The National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA), which oversees China’s medical insurance system, revealed this month details of a probe into three Baiyunshan subsidiaries, finding that over a period of four years they had worked with some 50 downstream agents to artificially inflate the prices of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in 87 of the firm’s government-subsidized drugs.

FINANCE & ECONOMY

The wave of aid for multiple-child families comes as China’s cash-strapped real estate industry continues to struggle to pay its bills. Photo: VCG 

Housing /

China offers multiple-child families housing help as demographic crisis looms

China directed local governments to create more preferential housing policies for multiple-child families to encourage couples to have more children as the country confronts an approaching demographic crisis.

The instructions highlight the central government’s concerns about the rapidly declining growth of its 1.4 billion population, which the U.N. predicted would begin shrinking in 2023 when it is overtaken by India, along with the resulting economic and social problems, such as pension fund shortfalls and a shortage of elderly care services.

Economy /

China’s Li urges more pro-growth policy as economy sputters

China’s Premier Li Keqiang asked local officials from six key provinces that account for about 40% of the country’s economy to bolster pro-growth measures after data for July showed consumption and output grew more slowly than expected due to Covid lockdowns and the ongoing property slump.

Li told officials at a meeting to take the lead in helping boost consumption and offer more fiscal support via government bond issuance for investments, state television CCTV reported Tuesday evening. He also vowed to “reasonably” step up policy support to stabilize employment, prices and ensure economic growth.

Hong Kong /

Hong Kong loses investment fund jobs under Covid controls

Strict quarantine requirements and other Covid-19 control measures have prompted more than a third of money managers in Hong Kong to move some jobs in the Asia financial hub elsewhere, a survey showed.

The survey of 36 member companies in the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA) was conducted in July before the government eased pandemic controls by shortening the hotel quarantine period for all arrivals to three days from seven. The association counts global giants such as Fidelity, Schroder, State Street and BlackRock Inc. as members.

Quick hits /

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BUSINESS & TECH

The exposed riverbed of Jialing River in Chongqing around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: VCG 

Drought /

Once overflowing in flood season, Yangtze basin now suffers record drought

China’s Yangtze River basin faces low water levels in what is normally flood season, with exposed riverbeds showing cracks and connected freshwater lakes shrinking amid a sustained heatwave.

Around 783,000 people in six province-level regions belonging to the Yangtze River basin, an area traditionally on flood alert from June to August, have been affected by drought this year and needed government support, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Sichuan rations electricity for factories as drought curbs supply

CATL, Toyota shut plants in Southwest China as power crisis worsens

Yum China /

Yum China to upgrade Hong Kong status to hedge against U.S. delisting

Fast-food giant Yum China Holdings Inc. said Monday it will upgrade its status in Hong Kong from a secondary to a primary listing, joining a stream of Chinese companies seeking to hedge the risk of their stocks getting booted from U.S. exchanges.

The operator of ubiquitous KFC in China said the conversion is expected to take place Oct. 24 and investors will be able to trade the company’s shares in both Hong Kong and the U.S.

Quick hits /

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Long Read /

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GALLERY

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