China’s macro tax burden per capita close to 10,000 in 2013

On February 14, the National Academy of Economic Strategy (NAES) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences released a report entitled “Deepening the Implementation of Comprehensive Tax Reform”. Gao Peiyong, the director of NAES, commented that China has entered stage where the tax burden per capita reached 10,000 yuan, which is considered high. The data … more

Top 10 Economic Crimes of 2013

Xinhua published a report titled ‘Public Security Department Releases List of Top Ten Economic Crimes of 2013‘ (公安部公布2013年全国十大经济案件), rendered in the China Daily‘s translation as ‘Top 10 white-collar crimes in 2013‘. The China Daily version is reproduced below:

China Construction Bank launches first overseas ATM in Melbourne

Xinhua reports: MELBOURNE, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — China Construction Bank (CCB) on Sunday launched its first overseas ATM, aside from Hong Kong, in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne, indicating the Chinese financial giant’s ambition to deploy business in western markets. In his speech at the launching ceremony, Wang Hongzhang, board chairman of CCB, highly … more

Beijing population reaches 21.15 million

Xinhua reports: Beijing’s population reached 21.15 million at the end of last year, 2.2 percent up on 2012, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics announced Thursday. Permanent residents in the Chinese capital increased by 455,000 since the end of 2012. Xia Qinfang, deputy head of the bureau, declared that Beijing’s population includes 8.03 million migrants … more

Offshore wealth havens

An NGO called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a report titled ‘Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite’ (also available in Chinese, titled ‘机密文件披露中国精英的海外资产’; both versions are blocked in China. The Guardian published a review of the report titled ‘China’s princelings storing riches in Caribbean offshore haven’. The report was released on … more

China to gradually extend retirement age

The issue of raising China’s retirement age has been a topic of discussion for many years already, and today various newspaper front pages in China are reporting the comments of a government official who says that the age will gradually be raised. In an interview with CCTV, Hu Xiaoyi 胡晓义, vice-minister of human resources and … more

Police to cooperate with Ministry of Environmental Protection to prosecute polluters

The front page of the Beijing Times 京华时报 reports today that the ministries of Environmental Protection and Public Security will in future cooperate on a national level in prosecuting criminal cases of severe environmental pollution, and will share information on suspected criminals. At a joint press conference yesterday the two ministries released a document entitled … more

China Numbers

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