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SOE Reform, Maybe; BRICS Hypocrisy

SOE Reform, Maybe The Trump Administration has been decrying the dominance of state-owned enterprises (SOE’s) in China’s economy and now that nation’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has released guidelines for reform. But the Commission is looking only at mixed ownership of “centrally administered” SOEs to ensure “marketization” – meaning reduced subsidies and improved earnings. The transformation of these SOE’s would occur over a three-year timeframe but the real extent of the “reform” will have to be proven, and it appears to exclude SOE’s without mixed ownership.  BRICS Hypocrisy The annual meeting of the BRICS countries (Brazil,...

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