Latest Economic and Trade Information on China

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Here starts today’s NEWSLETTER of TextileFuture:


Latest Economic and Trade Information on China

TextileFuture’s Newsletter of today covers the latest facts and figures on China’s Economy and Trade, based upon a report of the research arm of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

  • China’s GDP grew by 6.8% in the first quarter of 2018 and 6.7% in the second quarter of 2018.
  • The added-value industrial output grew by 6.1% in August 2018, up from 6.0% in July 2018.
  • Fixed assets investment grew by 5.3% between Jan-Aug 2018, down from 5.5% between Jan-Jul 2018.
  • Retail sales increased by 9.3% between Jan-Aug 2018, staying flat against Jan-Jul 2018.
  • Inflation stood at 2.3% in August 2018, with food prices increased by 1.7% and non-food prices increased by 2.5%.
  • In August 2018, exports (in terms of US$) increased by 9.8%, while imports (in terms of US$) increased by 20.0%, resulting in a trade surplus of US$27.9 billion.
  • The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index up from 51.2 in July 2018 to 51.3 in August 2018.

Major International Ranking

  • According to the World Bank, China is the second-largest economy in the world, behind the United States, ahead of Japan.
  • According to UNCTAD World Investment Report, China became the second-largest recipients of FDI inflows (USD 136 billion) in the world in 2017 (up from the 6th in 2007), behind the United States (USD 275 billion).
  • According to UNCTAD World Investment Report, China was the third-largest source of outward FDI flows (USD 124.6 billion) in the world in 2017 (up from the 19th in 2007), behind the United States (USD 342.3 billion) and Japan (USD 160.4 billion).
  • According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), China was the world’s largest exporter of merchandise trade in 2017 (up from the 11th in 1995), reaching USD 2263 billion.
  • According to WTO, China was the world’s 5th largest exporter of commercial services in 2017 (up from the 16th in 1995), reaching USD226 billion.
  • According to International Monetary Fund, China has the largest foreign currency reserves as of December 2017, reaching USD 3140 billion.
  • According to HKSAR Marine Department, Shanghai’s container throughput surpassed Singapore and ranked the first in the world since 2010.
  • According to World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), China ranked the world’s top tourism spending in 2017 (USD 258 billion), followed by the United States (USD 135 billion) and Germany (USD 84 billion).
  • According to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, as at end March 2018, the market capitalisation of Shanghai Stock Exchange is the second-largest in Asia (after Japan) and the fourth largest in the world.

Recent Government Initiatives

  • In March 2016, the National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the 13th Five-Year Plan. The document expounds on the need to fully implement a development concept based on the tenets of “innovation, coordination, green growth, opening up and sharing”. It aims to enhance the quality of development in order to ensure the establishment of a moderately prosperous society.
  • The 13th Five-Year Plan makes innovation the primary driver of economic development. It also announces the launch of six key scientific and technological (S&T) projects and nine major projects under the “Scientific Innovation 2030” initiative, as well as the implementation of the “Made in China 2025” strategy for building a strong manufacturing country.
  • The Belt and Road Initiative is a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government in March 2015, with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the Belt and Road. The Initiative intends to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework. It aims at further deepening and expanding mutually beneficial co-operation in areas such as trade, investment, finance, transport and communication.
  • The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area has been a feature of a number of China’s national strategies, including the Vision and Actions of Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the 13th Five-Year Plan. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area’s city cluster will extend across Hong Kong, Macau and nine Pearl River Delta (PRD) cities.
  • On July 1, 2017, the Framework “Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Co-operation in the Development of the Bay Area” was signed by representatives of the NDRC, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. A number of key areas were designated as co-operation priorities, including promoting infrastructure connectivity, enhancing market integration, developing a global technology, and innovation hub, establishing a modern industry network through coordinated development, jointly nurturing a high-quality living environment as a model place to live, work and visit, cultivating new resources in the field of international co-operation, and supporting the establishment of major co-operative platforms.
  • During the Boao Forum in April 2018, President Xi Jinping announced that China decides to adopt a series of new significant measures in expanding its opening-up. These measures include broadening market access, enhancing alignment with international economic and trade rules, strengthening protection of intellectual property rights and lowering imports tariffs.
  • China is shifting towards a consumption-driven economy by lowering its import tariffs. In November 2017, China cut import tariff on 187 consumer goods, the tariffs drop from an average 17.3% to 7.7% on products including pharmaceuticals, food, health supplements and clothing. From 1 July 2018, China will further reduce tariffs on 1,449 items, from an average tariff rate of 15.7% to 6.9%; and lower import tariffs on vehicles (from average 21.5% to 13.8%) and auto parts (from average 10.2% to 6.0%).



Trade Relations, Trade Policies and Tax Treaties

Trade Relations

  • Founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  • Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  • Member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
  • Member of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Member of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Observer of the Trade Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Trade Policies

  • According to WTO, China’s average applied most favoured nation (MFN) tariff rate was 9.9 % in 2016, progressively down from 15.3 % in 2001. The average tariff was higher for agricultural products at 15.5 % while the average tariff for non-agricultural products was 9.0 %.
  • Since expanding domestic consumer demand is an important move in achieving stable economic growth and economic restructuring, the State Council further reduced the import tariffs on 187 foreign daily consumer goods items in December 2017. The average import tariff has been lowered down from 17.3 % to 7.7 %. On 1 July 2018, China will further lower import tariff on 1449 items, from an average tariff rate of 15.7 % to 6.9 %.
  • China adopted the practice of “quarantine inspection before customs declaration” in customs clearance. Import Goods Clearance Slips and Export Goods Clearance Slips stamped with the special seal of inspection and quarantine authorities are issued to goods subject to entry-exit inspection and quarantine. The Customs will examine and release the goods against the Import Goods Clearance Slip or Export Goods Clearance Slip issued by the entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities at the place of customs declaration.
  • Inspection is required for all import and export goods listed in the Catalogue of Import and Export Commodities Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Authorities, or subject to inspection pursuant to other laws and regulations.
  • Safety licence and other regulatory requirements apply to imports of medicines, foodstuffs, animal and plant products, and mechanical and electronic products. For details, please refer to State Administration for Market Regulation website.

For details, please refer to Guide to Doing Business in China.

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Currently, China has signed and implemented 17 free trade agreements (FTAs), 13 FTAs are under negotiation and another 10 FTAs are under considerations.

China’s FTAs (signed and implemented)

  • China-Maldives FTA
  • China-Georgia FTA
  • China-Australia FTA
  • China-Korea FTA
  • China-Switzerland FTA
  • China-Iceland FTA
  • China-Costa Rica FTA
  • China-Peru FTA
  • China-Singapore FTA
  • China-New Zealand FTA
  • China-Chile FTA
  • China-Pakistan FTA
  • China-ASEAN FTA
  • Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic and Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
  • Mainland and Macau Closer Economic and Partnership Agreement
  • China-ASEAN FTA Upgrade Negotiations
  • China-Chile Upgrade FTA Negotiations

China’s FTAs under Negotiation

  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  • China-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) FTA
  • China- Japan-Korea FTA
  • China-Sir Lanka FTA
  • China-Israel FTA
  • China-Norway FTA
  • China-Pakistan FTA second phase
  • China-Singapore Upgrade FTA
  • China-New Zealand Upgrade FTA
  • China-Mauritius FTA
  • China-Moldova FTA
  • China-Panama FTA
  • China-Korea FTA second phrase

China’s FTAs under Consideration

  • China-Columbia FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Fiji FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-NePal FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Papua New Guinea FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Canada FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Bengal FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Mongol FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Palestine FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Peru Upgrade FTA Joint Feasibility Study
  • China-Switzerland FTA Joint Feasibility Study

For details, please refer to China FTA Network.

Economic Relations with Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong is the largest source of overseas direct investment in the Chinese Mainland. By the end of 2017, among all the overseas-funded projects approved in the Chinese Mainland, 44.9 % were tied to Hong Kong interests. Cumulative utilised capital inflow from Hong Kong amounted to USD 1008.2 billion, accounting for 53.2 % of the national total.
  • Hong Kong is also the leading destination for China’s FDI outflow. According to Chinese statistics, by 2016, the stock of FDI going to Hong Kong accumulated to USD 780.7 billion, or 57.5 % of the total outflow of FDI.
  • Chinese Mainland is one of the leading sources of inward investment in Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong statistics, the stock of Hong Kong’s inward investment from the Chinese mainland amounted to USD 416 billion at market value or 25.7 % of the total at the end of 2016.
  • As of December 2017, 1051 mainland companies were listed in Hong Kong, comprising H-share, red-chip and private companies with total market capitalisation of around USD 2.9 trillion, or 66 % of the market total.

  • Hong Kong was the Mainland’s third largest trading partner (after the US and Japan) in 2017. According to China’s Customs Statistics, bilateral trade between the Mainland and Hong Kong amounted to USD 286.6billion (7.0 % of the Mainland’s total external trade) in 2017. Of which exports from the Chinese Mainland to Hong Kong stood at USD 279.3 billion, making Hong Kong the second largest export market.
  • The Mainland has been Hong Kong’s largest trading partner since 1985. Share of the Mainland in Hong Kong’s global trade jumped from 9.3 % in 1978 to 50.2 % in 2017. The Chinese Mainland was Hong Kong’s largest import source accounting for 46.6 % of Hong Kong’s total imports, and the largest export market accounting for 54.3 % of Hong Kong’s total exports in 2017.
  • Hong Kong’s trade with the Chinese Mainland is to a large extent related to outward processing activities. In Jan-Dec 2017, 27.3 % of Hong Kong’s total exports to the Chinese Mainland were related to outward processing activities. Meanwhile, 40.5 % of Hong Kong’s imports from the Mainland and 72.6 % of Hong Kong’s re-exports of the Mainland origin to all countries were related to outward processing.