The Chinese government has attempted to steer the economy to a “new normal” of slower

The Chinese government has attempted to steer the economy to a “new normal” of slower, but more stable and sustainable, economic growth. Yet, concerns have deepened in recent years over the health of the Chinese economy. For example, the Shanghai Composite Index fell by 43% from June 12 to August 25, 2015, despite extensive intervention by the Chinese government to halt the slide. On August 11, 2015, the Chinese government announced that the daily reference rate of the renminbi (RMB) would become more “market-oriented.” Over the next three days, the RMB depreciated by 4.4% against the dollar and led some critics to charge that China’s goal was to boost exports to help stimulate the economy (which some suspect is in worse shape than indicated by official Chinese economic statistics). Concerns over the state of the Chinese economy appear to have often contributed to volatility in global stock indexes in recent years