Nov 10, 2022 10:04 AM

CX Daily: Battle Begins for China’s Private Pension Funds

Pensions /

In Depth: Battle begins for China’s private pension funds

The last six months have witnessed a scramble among banks, insurers and mutual fund firms in China to develop pension offerings in preparation for what could be a new world of opportunities.

In a milestone for the country’s now-meager personal pension market, the central government released a framework in April to develop the industry as the state-run pension system faces growing pressure from a rapidly aging population.

Then on Nov. 4, five central government agencies published a detailed implementation plan clarifying rules on areas including how people can sign up for private pension accounts and how institutions should manage these accounts.

East Asia /

Li Keqiang meets Asian leaders in Cambodia

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh Tuesday evening to attend meetings of East Asian leaders on regional cooperation, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

During the six-day trip, Li will also pay an official state visit to host nation Cambodia at the invitation of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Xinhua reported.


Liu Guoqiang, a former vice governor of Northeast China’s Liaoning province, receives a suspended death sentence for accepting more than 350 million yuan in bribes. Photo: First Intermediate People’s Court of Tianjin Municipality

Corruption /

Former provincial vice governor convicted of graft

A former vice governor of Northeast China’s Liaoning province, was given a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes worth more than 350 million yuan ($48 million), a court in Tianjin announced Tuesday.

Liu Guoqiang, who was also previously a senior member of Liaoning’s political advisory body, is the first senior official to be sentenced for graft since the conclusion of the Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in October.


China producer prices in deflation for first time since 2020

China’s producer prices fell into deflation for the first time in nearly two years as global commodity prices slid and restrictions to control Covid outbreaks dragged on demand, a further sign of the challenges facing companies already under pressure from the economic downturn.

The producer price index (PPI) declined 1.3% in October from a year earlier after gaining 0.9% the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Wednesday, the first fall in the gauge since December 2020.

Quick hits /

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Jack Ma (right) and Hui Ka Yan (left) in Beijing on Nov. 6, 2015. 

Wealthy /

China’s super rich are poorer, and there are fewer of them

The wealth of China’s super-rich plunged by the most in more than two decades as Russia’s war in Ukraine, Beijing’s pandemic controls, the prolonged property slump and falling stock markets hammered their fortunes, an annual list released Tuesday showed.

The Hurun Rich List, which ranks China’s wealthiest people with a minimum net worth of 5 billion yuan ($690 million) as of Sept. 15, is often considered a barometer of China’s private sector. Only 1,305 people made the threshold this year, down 11% from last year, and their total wealth was $3.5 trillion, down 18% from last year, the list showed.

Electric cars /

BYD launches luxury EV line in challenge to high-end foreign brands

Chinese carmaker BYD Co. Ltd. unveiled its first luxury brand of electric vehicles, joining rivals in efforts to impress wealthy domestic buyers who have long preferred foreign brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The launch marks BYD’s latest step into the high-end auto market as it tries to outgrow its image as a manufacturer of mid- to low-end vehicles.

Listing /

China’s Lepu Scientech makes muted Hong Kong debut

Shares of Lepu Scientech Medical Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a medical-device maker, closed flat on their Hong Kong trading debut Tuesday, after the company priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the bottom of the marketed range.

The stock opened up 0.34% at HK$29.25 ($3.73) a share and climbed as high as HK$30.60 before ending the day at the IPO price of HK$29.15. The closing quote gives the firm a HK$10.1 billion market capitalization. It was valued at HK$8.2 billion last May following an investment by Vivo Capital Fund IX, Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund and CDH Supermatrix.

Quick hits /

Gap sells money-losing China business to Baozun for $50 million

China developers soar as state help fuels bets on market bottom

Analysis: Will Scholz’s visit help BioNTech’s Covid shot in China?

Long Read /

Can anyone replace China as the world’s factory?


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