cp.signals • weekly • domestic policy movement

Seven agencies released ‘Guiding opinions on building a green finance system’ on 31 August 2016, setting a framework for financing green development goals and COP21 commitments.

cp.positions • audit of shifts across sectors • alternating weeks economy/governance

The murder-suicide of a rural Gansu family led many to question state efforts to help those most in need. A since-deleted viral WeChat post, ‘Those forgotten in the age of prosperity’, blamed the hukou system, falling crop prices, growing coastal-inland disparity and lack of mental health support for rural women.

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august roundup: central-local fiscal rebalancing

It was puzzling that the leadership did not make more of significant ‘Guiding opinions’ on central-local fiscal relations, which re-centralise many expenditure responsibilities like environmental impact assessments.

cp.positions • audit of shifts across sectors • alternating weeks economy/governance

  • ‘modest’ fiscal recentralisation
  • P2P rules leave platforms playing catchup
  • less state, more Party for NGOs
  • dreams of Northeastern rejuvenation
  • safeguarding future food
  • after the frenzy, turning outward again
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A new infant milk formula regime, coming into force 1 January 2018, opens for registration on 1 October 2016, as Food Safety Law ramps up.

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shadow boxing: curbing risky growth

CBRC circulated draft controls on commercial banks’ wealth management products for comment in late July 2016. More ambitious than the abandoned December 2014 proposals, they show a shift in priority from spurring growth to controlling risk.

cp.positions • audit of shifts across sectors • alternating weeks economy/governance

  • de-bureaucratising hospitals and universities
  • Youth League diminished
  • Shanxi coal firms get a break
  • planning for technology to transform industry
  • protein power
  • season of ‘psychological sanctions’
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By end 2016, central agencies will clarify central-local expenditure responsibilities and launch re-centralisation pilots, before devolving many taxes locally, in the most significant fiscal shift since 1994.

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july roundup: border troubles

South Korea moved to deploy the US’s THAAD anti-ballistic missile system, and the UNCLOS tribunal supported the Philippines against China in the South China Sea. Beijing moved to ease rising tensions, removing a missile battery from a disputed island.

cp.positions • audit of shifts across sectors • alternating weeks economy/governance

  • monetary policy losing traction
  • securing the internet of things
  • regulating land operation rights transfer markets
  • community focus for aged care pilots
  • rule-bending for reformers: but how?
  • more aftershocks from South China Sea and THAAD