Chinese Regulator Denies Reports on VIE Listing Ban

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Chinese regulator denies reports of VIE listing ban

Chinaís securities regulator denied media reports that the watchdog plans to ban companies from going public on overseas stock markets through variable interest entities (VIEs).

An official from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said Wednesday that the regulator has noticed the media reports, which are ìnot true.î

Chinese regulators, including the National Development and Reform Commission, the CSRC, and the Ministry of Commerce, have indeed been recently formulating new regulatory measures on VIE structures recently, Caixin learned.


Caixin Explains: What Chinaís first securities class-action lawsuit means for the stock market

Long-suffering shareholders in debt-ridden Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. who lost money as a result of an 88.6 billion yuan ($13.9 billion) fraud, have moved closer to winning compensation after two court rulings over the past three weeks.

On Nov. 12, a court in Guangzhou made a landmark ruling in the countryís first securities class-action lawsuit, ordering Kangmei to pay 2.46 billion yuan to more than 50,000 shareholders who lost money because of a massive fraud at the company.

Uncertainty over whether the investors would ever get their money was partly cleared up on Friday when Kangmeiís bankruptcy reorganization plan was approved by a local court in Jieyang, Guangdong province.


Exclusive: Sanpower wins creditor backing for restructuring plan

Chinaís debt-laden private conglomerate Sanpower Group Co. Ltd. won creditorsí approval to carry out a long-discussed restructuring to address its nearly $10 billion of debt.

State-owned bad asset manager China Huarong Asset Management Co. Ltd. will provide 8 billion yuan ($1.25 billion) of fresh funding for the rescue, according to the plan.



China revises insurance group regulations to curb disorderly expansion

Chinaís insurance group companies will be required to have a clear equity structure and a reasonable level of equity ownership in subsidiaries, focusing on their core insurance business, according to revised regulations issued Tuesday by Chinaís banking and insurance regulatory commission.

The revision is part of a series of new rules to improve corporate governance in the insurance industry and curb disorderly expansion after a string of high-profile scandals and debt-fueled expansions that posed risks to the countryís financial system.

China had 13 large insurance groups with total assets of 22 trillion yuan ($3.45 trillion) under management as of year-end 2020, dominating the insurance market.


Caixin PMI shows Chinaís manufacturing activity contracted in November

Activity in Chinaís manufacturing sector contracted in November for the first time in three months as demand remained subdued amid Covid-19 flare-ups despite a recovery in supply, a Caixin-sponsored survey showed Wednesday.

The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managersí Index (PMI), which gives an independent snapshot of the countryís manufacturing sector, fell to 49.9 in November from 50.6 the previous month, according to the survey report. Readings of less than 50 indicate contraction.

Chinaís 2021 GDP growth set to surpass 6%, says Vice Premier.


AUKUS jeopardizes ëpost-war international security order,í China’s UN envoy says

Chinaís envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) criticized the submarine deal of the U.S., the U.K. and Australia as ìa sheer act of nuclear proliferation,î which endangers ìthe post-war international security order.

Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, made the remarks at a Friday China-Russia joint press conference following the IAEA board of governors meeting, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.


China could dodge $134 trillion in climate-related losses by meeting carbon neutrality target, study shows

China is predicted to record an 81% reduction in its cumulative climate-related losses by 2100 if it achieves its carbon neutrality target, according to a study from think tanks in Beijing and London.

The country is also expected to avoid $134 trillion in cumulative losses from 2020 to 2100 if it reaches the target, according to the study published Tuesday by Tsinghua Universityís Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy (IEEE) as well as the Chatham House, an independent policy institute in the U.K.


A view of the Three Gorges Power Station in Yichang, Hubei province, on Aug. 31



China Yangtze Power to boost capacity by more than half with acquisitions

China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd., the world’s largest publicly traded hydropower company by capacity, announced plans to acquire two hydroelectric stations from its controlling shareholder China Three Gorges Corp. Total installed capacity of Yangtze Power would jump by more than half.

Shares of Yangtze Power will be suspended from trading for up to 10 trading days while Three Gorges works on a plan to inject the financial assets of Wudongde and Baihetan hydropower stations into the Shanghai-listed firm, according to a Monday exchange filing (link in Chinese).

Yangtze Power would acquire Three Gorges Jinsha River Yunchuan Hydropower Development Co. Ltd., the company that owns the two hydroelectric stations, either through stock, bonds, or cash, according to the statement.


Beijing beefs up labor protections for ride-hailing drivers

Beijing gave provincial and local governments until the end of the year to develop clear systems for resolving labor disputes related to the ride-hailing sector as part of new guidelines introduced Tuesday.

The guidelines, which are aimed at protecting the rights of ride-hailing drivers, come after the top transport authority first mentioned the need for such measures in mid-August amid the regulatory storm surrounding Didi Global Inc.

Electric cars

Guangzhou Auto to spend extra $1.7 billion on battle with Tesla for EV distance record

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. (GAC) plans to inject 11 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) into its wholly-owned electric vehicle subsidiary as the unit is poised to launch sales of a rechargeable car that could have the worldís longest range.

The Shanghai-traded GAC will pour 7.4 billion yuan in cash and 3.6 billion yuan in tangible assets including manufacturing equipment into GAC Aion, it said Monday in an exchange filing.

Big data

Chinaís big data industry to top $470 billion by 2025

Chinaís top industry regulator issued a road map for development of the countryís big data industry through 2025, highlighting efforts to cultivate the market, build industry chains and safeguard data security.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Tuesday published the 14th Five-Year Plan to guide the big data industry. According to the plan, Chinaís big data industry will exceed 3 trillion yuan ($470 billion) by the end of 2025, with an average annual growth rate of around 25%.

Source: Caixin Global

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