A senior policy adviser to China's central bank said Monday that asset bubbles were a concern for the nations' policy makers, reflecting official unease about the rapid gains in real estate prices, according to reports.And enforced higher wages (as opposed to market wages) will help Chinese competitiveness how?
Fan Gang who sits on the monetary policy committee of the People's Bank of China told reporters that surging asset prices were the "the real worry" for the economy, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswires.
Fan also praised recent efforts to rein in excessive liquidity as "good, timely and necessary," even while he downplayed inflation risks, saying gains in consumer prices were unlikely to be a major problem this year because of spare capacity and stable food prices.
In a separate development during the weekend, the mayor of Shanghai said the city plans to raise the minimum wage by 15% and accelerated plans to build subsidized housing.
In any case China has yet to undergo the first round of bubble collapse. And the US has not gotten in its second round. I can see a double dip coming this summer. Just in time for election season.
That which is unsustainable will not be sustained. That goes for politics as much as it does for economics. Tea anyone?
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