BUSINESS China moves to keep commodity prices stable


China moves to keep commodity prices stable


12:32, May 24, 2021

BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have admonished key enterprises in the bulk commodity sector to rein in market irregularities and keep commodity prices stable, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Workers at a steel processing enterprise lift processed steel coils at the Jingjiang Industrial Park in Taizhou, East China's Jiangsu Province on Wednesday. Due to strong demand at home and abroad, the production site is busy, and the company is sprinting to achieve its February operations target. (Photo: cnsphoto)

The NDRC, together with other four relevant government departments, reminded enterprises with market influence in sectors such as iron ore, steel, copper and aluminum at a Sunday meeting to run in accordance with laws and regulations and keep the market prices in order.

The recent price rally in commodities is partly driven by the transmission of global price rises, but excessive speculation in the market has also pushed up the prices, said the meeting.

Key enterprises should move to promote the coordinated development of upstream and downstream industries and keep the industrial ecology healthy, it said.

The meeting also urged the enterprises against irregularities such as price manipulation, the making and spreading of false information on price hikes, price gouging and hoarding.

For the next stage, authorities will closely monitor the trend in commodity prices, strengthen regulation over the co-movement between the futures market and spot market of bulk commodities and adopt a zero-tolerance attitude on irregularities, according to the meeting.

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