In July 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a JPY 28 trillion stimulus package, which includes spending on infrastructure, reconstruction of disaster zones, wage increases for child and elder care workers, and direct cash payments to low-income households.
Uber, the world’s most valuable ride-hailing startup with more than USD 13 billion in funding, has agreed to merge its China branch with Didi Chuxing, after suffering from a grueling price war with the local rival.
An anonymous “person with authority” said that China’s economic trajectory was experiencing an L-shaped path, involving a sharp decline followed by a long period of flat or stagnant growth. The questions are: when will the decline bottom out, and is it sustainable?
A natural corollary of the expansion of China’s economy and its massive financial reform would be the internationalization of the RMB. As an international payments currency, the RMB has leapfrogged from 20th position in 2012 to 5th in 2015.
The June 23 Brexit referendum saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. The exit decision shocked the world with implications not only in the political and economic arenas of the UK and EU, but which also has far reaching repercussions beyond Europe.
The internationalization of the RMB requires a moderate international monetary environment as well as China’s policy effort. A monetary policy coordination could tone down monetary policies and exchange rate swings and would bring about a less volatile and more even international monetary environment.