tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in
dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.
In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i
n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim
ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other
sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre
ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.
China, US should jointly promote WTO reform
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr
iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t
rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.
Chinese local government bonds worth 1.4 billion yuan ($208.5 million) were snapped up by retail investors within a single day, after counter sales in banks we
re made available for the first time. The fundraising will help supplement a broader fiscal deficit this year, analysts said.
On Monday, individuals in China were able to purchase bonds issued by t
he Zhejiang provincial government (five-year term, 3.32 percent coupon rate) and the N
ingbo city government (three-year term, 3.04 percent coupon rate). Proceeds from the sales will be used for land purchases (300 million yuan) and shantytown renovations (1.1 billion yuan), acc
ording to a notice on the website of China Central Depository and Clearing, a clearinghouse under the central bank.
The minimum investment amount for retail investors is 100 yuan, lower than most wealth management products issu
ed by commercial banks. Previously, individual investors could only purchase bonds issued by the central government, kno
wn as treasury bonds. And before Monday, local government bonds were traded mainly in the interbank market.