China vows more steps to stabilize trade as economic risks grow


By: Kari Lindberg, Bloomberg

via American Journal of Transportation - Jan 11 2022


China vowed more measures to stabilize trade as pressure builds on the government to bolster the economy amid worsening domestic Covid outbreaks.


The country will optimize an imported retail goods list for cross-border e-commerce and expand import categories to increase consumer goods imports, according to guidelines issued by the nationís cabinet. China will also ensure a stable supply chain for trade and encourage financial institutions to offer greater support to small trade companies.


The State Council asked financial institutions to further increase credit support to firms, while the guidelines reaffirmed that China will keep the yuan exchange at a relatively stable equilibrium to boost trade companiesí ability to cope with foreign exchange risks.


Keeping the economy on track has become a more difficult task with a second major Chinese city locked down due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Earlier this week, the cabinet vowed to accelerate investment in more than 100 key national projects and boost domestic consumption to help stabilize growth...