China’s economic planning agency pledged to continue its push to cut overcapacity in some industrial sectors, aiming at reducing steel production capacity by around 50 million metric tons and coal by at least 150 million tons this year. Last year, the government cut steel overcapacity by 45 million tons and coal by 250 million tons.
The government also aims to realize 9% growth in fixed-asset investment this year, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report delivered at the National People’s Congress. Beijing had set a 10.5% growth target for fixed-asset investment in 2016, but the actual growth came in much slower at 8.1% amid a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
The NDRC said it expected retail sales to increase by about 10% in 2017, compared with a target of 11% in 2016. Last year, China’s retail sales rose 10.4% from a year earlier.
We’re not going to get into the craziness of the day, but we note that this piece is very interesting (HT: CF). An acquaintance of ours who has written spy novels offered the theory that the Podesta etc emails were just warning shots, since the Ruskis had at least some of the 33,000 HRC emails and expected her to win. Then their blackmailing ability would have been monumental. Who knows? The only thing we know for sure is that it’s going to get even crazier than this.