tment, and it could also leverage on more bank lending and attract private funds to increase investment, said Xu.
In the meantime, allowing retail access to local government bonds will help diversify the
investor base and increase market liquidity, said Amanda Du, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.
The analyst expected access for retail investors to widen to encompass all local government bonds in 2020.
hina’s economy grew at a faster-than-expected 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first qua
rter, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday.
The growth was unchanged from that registered in the fourth quarter of last year.
The country’s industrial output posted steady growth in the same period, up by 6.5 percent
year-on-year, compared with 5.7 percent in the previous quarter, official data showed.
Fixed-asset investment growth was 6.3 percent in the first quarte
r, compared with 6.1 percent in the first two months, according to the NBS.
Retail sales increased by 8.3 percent year-on-year in the same pe
riod, compared with 8.2 percent in the first two months, the data showed.
tedly part of the French destiny and the project we will have for the coming years … a national subscription will be launched, and well beyon
d our borders we will appeal to the greatest talent, and there are many who will come to contribute and rebuild,” Macron said.
We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what French people e
xpect, because it’s what our history deserves and because it’s our deep destiny,” he added.
Already, two of France’s wealthiest men have pledged large donations. Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Ke
ring group, which owns fashion brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, pledged 100 m
illion euros ($113 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame, Agence France-Presse reported.
Bernard Arnault, chief executive of the LVMH group, which owns fa
shion labels including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, said he would donate 200 million euros.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame, which has rece
ived about 13 million visitors each year－more than the Eiffel Tower－is regard
ed as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and sits at the heart of the nation’s history.
pply (M2),” said Sheng Songcheng, a central bank adviser and a former director of the central bank’s statistics department.
The central bank released M2 data on Friday, which recorded a 13-month high of 8.6 percent by the end of March, accelerating from 8 percent by February.
Aggregate social financing, a gauge to measure broader financial activities including trust funds and local govern
ment bonds, also grew faster than market expectations. That total financing amount grew to 2.86 trillion yuan in Mar
ch, or a 11.1 percent growth from a year earlier, compared with 10.6 percent in February, said the central bank.
“According to the latest economic data, there is less necessity for RR
R cuts, but it requires further observation on future changes,” said Sheng.
If the central bank further cuts the RRR, when economic growth is already stabilized, inflation wi
ll surge, and possibly lead to funds flowing into the property sector instead of supporting the real economy, he added.
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count
ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.
The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t
he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro
mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through
consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza
tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.
China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is
welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u
nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.
A man has been arrested after an incident in west London on Saturday morning. Police f
irearms and Taser were discharged, according to a latest statement released by Metropolitan Police.
According to the statement, police were called at around 8:30 am local time on Saturday, with reports o
f a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park, west London.
“As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were
deployed to this incident,” said the statement, adding that “on arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers.”
Police confirmed that firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested, not injured.
Andy Walker, chief superintendent in the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “as is st
andard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”