Chinese carmaker BYD Co. may be getting some bad news as it prepares to start selling in the U.S. next year. A planned reduction in government subsidies and a phase-out of interest-rate controls threaten to raise costs for it and thousands of companies across China.
China’s relaxation of interest-rate controls has left cutting banks’ required reserves as the chief monetary tool to counter a slowdown, focusing attention on an option used in the past decade only during financial crises.
China may increase investments as possible stimulus plans if the economy slows “sharply,” Michael Pettis, chief strategist at Guosen Securities Co., said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today.
China is under growing pressure from Asia, Europe and the U.S. to revalue its currency. Until recently, it even looked like we were about to embark on a sustained process of yuan revaluation fairly soon.