Everyone knows that China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are in dire need of reform. However, it seems the government wants to take its time through the reform process. The State Council’s recently released guideline document on SOE reforms hasn’t set any deadlines or quantifiable targets. Rather it seems to stress upon the importance of not rushing through or forcing any immature reforms. There’s a reason for that. Any attempt to speed up implementation of reforms at Chinese SOEs can have devastating consequences. We explain why.
While throngs of Chinese shoppers are buying up Louis Vuitton bags, iPhones and Rolex watches as fast as they can get their hands on them, more Chinese firms abundant with capital are also rapidly buying foreign companies amid the stagnating US and European economies. This trend shows no signs of slowing down. State-controlled energy giants […]