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23 Feb 2024

China to send more pandas to US

China's Wildlife Conservation Association is working with the National Zoo in Washington in an arrangement that could bring more pandas back to the United States, signalling improving diplomatic relations between the two superpowers. China has lent its beloved bears to zoos in various countries over the years as goodwill animal ambassadors and also fostered a modern Sino-U.S. "panda diplomacy" with the gesture.Back in November, the National Zoo in Washington returned three pandas to China as part of a more than 50-year-old legacy, leaving Georgia's Zoo Atlanta as the only one in the U.S. with a giant panda program. Source : reuters

22 Feb 2024

In case you missed it. Chinese stocks have now fully recovered from all year-to-date losses and are now green on the year.

Source: Barchart

22 Feb 2024

CSI 300 is up some 11% from early Feb lows.

The index is well above the 50 day, and touched the 100 day for the first time since last summer. Source: TME

20 Feb 2024

China and US elections reiterate the durability of the onshoring theme.

Source: Goldman Sachs

20 Feb 2024

China’s National Team Is Back at Work as Stock Trading Resumes – Bloomberg

Several exchange-traded funds in China tracking the nation’s stocks saw a surge in turnover on the first trading day after the Lunar New Year holiday, a likely sign that state-backed funds continue to support the market. Traded values of China AMC CSI 500 ETF and Harvest CSI 500 ETF both surged to records, while those of Tianhong CSI 500 ETF, BOC International CSI 500 ETF and CIB CSI 500 ETF were higher than their average levels.

20 Feb 2024

Direct foreign investment into China slumps to 30y low.

Foreign firms only added $33bn to their FDI liabilities, the lowest since 1993, indicating a lack of confidence Source: Bloomberg, HolgerZ

20 Feb 2024

📉 China Yields Staying Stuck at Historic Lows as PBOC Slashes Mortgage Reference Rate!

China has taken bold measures to uplift its struggling property sector by implementing its most substantial reduction in a key mortgage rate to date. The five-year loan prime rate saw a notable cut of 25 basis points, plummeting to a historic low of 3.95%. This move, the largest decrease since the rate's overhaul in 2019, underscores China's commitment to stimulating economic growth through targeted measures. The decision to lower the mortgage reference rate is poised to have far-reaching effects, potentially unlocking opportunities for further economic support initiatives. By enabling more cities to lower their minimum mortgage rates, the rate cut aims to revitalize demand in the sluggish housing market. Moreover, it seeks to address the persistent property crisis, which has cast a shadow on overall economic growth. However, despite these efforts, it is not expected that the rate cut will significantly boost homebuyers' sentiment as home prices are still falling in most cities and wage growth is tepid. Following cut's announcement, market response was subdued, with equities and USDCNH experiencing minimal changes, while 10Y onshore government bond yields saw only slight decreases. How will China emerge from this slow economic agony? Source: Bloomberg

13 Feb 2024

The World’s Largest Consumer Markets in 2030 🌏

Source: Visual Capitalist

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