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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Automatic bailouts no longer an option in China

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Instant bailouts not an option It was to be expected that debt defaults on the mainland would fuel rumours about bank solvency sooner or later. The result has been a run ... unwarranted. It may be only a small lender, but the run not only reflects the perception of fragility of a wider financial system awash with debt but also, more worryingly, a growing lack of confidence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458787/automatic-bailouts-no-longer-option-china
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... household registration will present challenges staggering in their scale and complexity, including the question of where debt-burdened local governments will get the money for essential services ... debt financing. The ultimate challenge will be for places with new populations to develop sustainable growth that creates jobs and flow-on economic benefits. It is a good plan, but the devil ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1461290/devil-detail-chinas-urbanisation-blueprint
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and perpetrators are operating unhindered. They have called on the government to broaden the definition of trafficking and to legislate to target forced labour, domestic servitude and debt bondage. As we ... cases of alleged abuse of domestic helpers bear many hallmarks of forced labour, such as contractual deception, excessive agency fees leading to debt bondage and retention of passports. While ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1460446/hong-kong-can-have-zero-tolerance-forced-labour-domestic
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    United States should end its debt-ceiling hostage crisis

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 03:09am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial End debt-ceiling hostage crisis The trade in US Treasuries may be the most liquid, safest and deepest of financial markets. But it still has to rely on market confidence to function. That was what was threatened by the imbroglio in Washington. The Republican-led fights over the federal budget and the debt ceiling called into question the full faith and credit of the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1333981/united-states-should-end-its-debt-ceiling-hostage-crisis
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A prosperous China is good for the European Union

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the world's biggest economy within the decade, to open up investment opportunities. Better economic and diplomatic ties will help Europe move beyond its sovereign debt troubles, but the spectre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466558/prosperous-china-good-european-union
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    After US shutdown looms larger debt-ceiling fight

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial After shutdown looms debt ceiling People used to worry that democracy would encourage the tyranny of the majority. With the US federal government shutdown this week, what we ... depending on its duration, is still less damaging than the looming fight over the debt ceiling, which will come in the middle of this month. If it is not raised, the US is likely to go ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1323079/after-us-shutdown-looms-larger-debt-ceiling-fight
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to public finances, forewarned is forearmed

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Forewarned is forearmed Hong Kong's public finances are arguably the world's healthiest- continuous economic growth and budget surpluses; near full employment; and multibillion-dollar fiscal reserves. Few would believe the city may one day face a serious debt crisis like in Greece. Intriguingly, this is the warning issued by top government advisers. After a year-long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1446561/when-it-comes-public-finances-forewarned-forearmed
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Quality of growth is what counts in China now

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... long since ceased to be a sustainable approach. Evidence is to be seen in pollution, crushing local government debt and the undisciplined growth of shadow banking. The economy may tend to slow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1411237/quality-growth-what-counts-china-now
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The moral hazards of intervening in the market

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... by regulators, or force shareholders and creditors to inject funds in a debt-for-equity swap. As a last resort the government would effectively nationalise the firm temporarily. The lawmaker representing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1404229/moral-hazards-intervening-market
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China must handle its credit bubble with care

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... facing the consequences of a credit bubble it has helped to create, and that has everyone spooked. Debt owed by local governments, corporations and individual households is mounting. In 2008, total debt was around 130 per cent of gross domestic product. Today, it has ballooned to almost 200 per cent, or about 100 trillion yuan (HK$125 trillion). That's a threshold Japan crossed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1307253/china-must-handle-its-credit-bubble-care

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