the percentage of adult smokers to 20 percent by 2030, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.
The biggest obstacle to tobacco control in China is the powerful toba
cco industry, which is one of the biggest tax contributors to the government, he said.
Despite an increasing number of cities having local regulations on tobacco control,
national legislation is still lacking, due to causes including influence from the industry, he said.
“Only a few big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen h
ave strict tobacco control regulations and law enforcement, but in most areas in China suc
h regulations are absent,” he said. “The prevalence of tobacco has caused serious health conseque
roductivity in the service sector, which is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.
Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest
ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a neg
ative list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.
Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsing
hua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating opening-up of its financial sec
tor, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.
Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging in fiercer competition with global peers as their serv
ice abilities in many aspects, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.
revenue collected by the US government through hefty tariffs on Chinese imports, has been paid almost entirely by US importers.
“Some of these tariffs have been passed on to US consumers, such as those on washing machines, wh
ile others have been absorbed by importing firms through lower profit margins,” the research said.
Any further increase in tariffs will likely be passed through to consumers, it said.
China and the US, the world’s two largest economies, have been embroi
led in a tit-for-tat trade confrontation over the past few months. Washington threatened to fur
ther escalate a tariff war and increased tensions by tightening restrictions on Chinese companies.
Earlier this month, the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, and China took coun
termeasures. Then the US administration listed about $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes.