China Economic Review - Alpha http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/rss/cer-alpha en copyright 2015 chinaeconomicreview.com Shanghai, Shenzhen-listed stocks rebound for reasons unknown http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/shanghai-shenzhen-listed-stock-prices-rebound-reasons-unknown <p>Shanghai and Shenzhen-listed shares rebounded to close in positive territory Tuesday after continuing a multi-day rout during the morning trading session, <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/international/stock-gains-in-china-help-to-calm-investors.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> reported. Shanghai's composite index ended up 5.5% after briefly dipping below the 4,000-point mark earlier in the day, and Shenzhen's composite ultimately rose 4.8%. Thu, 01 Jan 1970 08:00:00 CST Party membership exceeds Germany's population, but only 24% female http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/party-membership-exceeds-germanys-population-only-24-female <p>Membership in the Communist Party of China grew by 1.1 million in 2014 to a total of almost 88 million, a figure slightly larger than the entire population of Germany, <a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1829407/chinas-communist-party-enlists-million-new-members" target="_blank"><em>South China Morning</em> <em>Post</em></a> reported, citing figures released by the party for the 94th anniversary of its establishment on Wednesday.&nbsp;The figures suggested an emphasis on youth and education, with 1.7 million new members aged under 35.&nbsp;Of new members, 38.8% Thu, 01 Jan 1970 08:00:00 CST Amazon plans entry into China's online business loans industry http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/amazon-plans-entry-chinas-online-business-loans-industry <p>Amazon.com plans to launch a business loan program for small sales enterprises in eight new countries including China, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-amazon-com-loans-exclusive-idUKKCN0P90DW20150629" target="_blank">Reuters</a> reported, citing a statement from Peter Faricy, head of Amazon Marketplace.&nbsp;In China, where Alibaba lends to small businesses, offering such loans is more of a business requirement, analysts said.&nbsp;Since 2011, Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial's Ant Micro Loan program has issued RMB400 billion (US$64.42 billion) worth of loans to Taobao a Thu, 01 Jan 1970 08:00:00 CST Short sellers still underserved by mainland's A-share market http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/short-sellers-still-underserved-mainlands-share-market <p>Astronomic share valuations have gone largely un-sniped by short sellers looking to bet against China's stock rally as the only easily traded equities derivatives in the A-share market remain restricted to a broad negative wager on major firms, rather than more popular sector and stock-specific bets, <em><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-shortage-of-tools-for-betting-against-china-1435578675?tesla=y" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a></em> reported. "If you want to go short on A-shares, it’s very difficult," said Kinger Lau, chief China strategist for Goldman Sachs Group. Thu, 01 Jan 1970 08:00:00 CST China's pledge to cut CO2 emissions leaves total undetermined http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/chinas-pledge-cut-co2-emissions-leaves-total-undetermined <p>China plans to cut its greenhouse gas production from the country's 2005 CO2 level by 60-65% per unit of economic growth in a new pledge ahead of the United Nations climate change talks in Paris later this year, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/30/china-carbon-emissions-2030-premier-li-keqiang-un-paris-climate-change-summit" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a> reported, citing China's written submission to the UN. However, China's is the only national plan submitted that does not set a target based on a fixed value taken from a previous year's emissions. Thu, 01 Jan 1970 08:00:00 CST