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  1. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    China’s debt dominoes could fall fast

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:11am by RICHARD HARRIS

    ... Richard Harris Mainland debt points to crisis as profligacy of local governments sees public borrowing hit US$3 trillion Debt at tipping point The game of dominoes was invented in mainland ... debt goes wrong. We know from public, private and anecdotal sources that public debt levels on the mainland are very high. The big debts lie with local governments- there is a combined public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1550901/chinas-debt-dominoes-could-fall-fast
  2. Comment - Blogs

    China Forestry joins debt default queue

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:24pm by Doug Young

    ... Doug Young China Forestry's missed bond interest payment is the latest sign of distress in a corporate debt market whose defaults could pick up sharply in the next two years ... which carry a relatively attractive coupon rate of 10.25 per cent. The missed payment comes as China Forestry lobbies current debt holders for an early redemption of the bonds, which aren't ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1541023/china-forestry-joins-debt-default-queue
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    What China's balance sheet tells us about the state of the economy

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:32pm by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says just-released balance sheet data underlines frailties and direction for reform China needs deeper capital markets to protect its economy from debt risks ... balance sheet data, for the first quarter of 2014, reveals that the US economy is on the path of recovery, with the household sector continuing to reduce its debt. Its net worth has increased ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1556109/what-chinas-balance-sheet-tells-us-about-state-economy
  4. Business - Economy - SOVEREIGN DEBT

    Economic and security woes dim 'Africa rising' story

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:50am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro Countries in the sub-Saharan continent are keen to tap the debt markets amid concerns over their short-term growth and investment prospects Economic and security woes dim 'Africa rising' story For evidence of the ferocious appetite among investors for higher-yielding assets, look no further than the buoyant demand for the debt of the economies of Sub-Saharan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1555546/economic-and-security-woes-dim-africa-rising-story
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fixing China's debt burden will bring pain before it brings relief

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by Lim Say Boon

    ... Lim Say Boon Lim Say Boon says while China's debt problems are nowhere near crisis levels, they must be tackled sooner rather than later or they will continue to sap the economy of the vitality it needs to transform Burden to bear Damned if they do, damned if they don't: Chinese policymakers are in a corner over the country's debt problems. Even with local government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455585/fixing-chinas-debt-burden-will-bring-pain-it-brings-relief
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing must overcome bottlenecks blocking policy implementation

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 12:32pm by Hu Shuli

    ... to livelihood concerns, environmental issues and local government debt. This has made the duties of local officials more demanding. When coupled with administrative reforms and the government's ... but has also harmed the real economy; local government interference in the economy is a cause of the property bubble, excess capacity and high debt risks, and is also a reason for the policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1557447/beijing-must-overcome-bottlenecks-blocking-policy-implementation
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Do we need a BRICS development bank?

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... to hold-out creditor hedge funds stemming from an earlier debt restructuring. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555464/do-we-need-brics-development-bank
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing should resist pressure to turn on the fiscal tap

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... domestic consumption and away from reliance on investment and excessive debt. As it is, reform could stall when it has barely begun, for a number of reasons. One is Xi's crackdown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556616/beijing-should-resist-pressure-turn-fiscal-tap
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Central banks ought to rein it in

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 12:40pm by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says central banks must choose austerity or risk exacerbating structural problems Loose fiscal and monetary policy won't lead us out of debt, but reforms can ... and argued that central bank policy must step out of the shadows of the past crisis. It should foster change in three areas: towards less debt-driven patterns of growth; more normal monetary policy; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1546421/central-banks-ought-rein-it
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must be vigilant on human trafficking

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that leave them in debt bondage. And it is difficult to dismiss suspicions that some unsavoury people profit from organised sex tourism to Hong Kong and from sexual exploitation of heavily indebted ... to the exceptions. Critics argue that the government should legislate separately to target forced labour, domestic servitude and debt bondage. Meanwhile, it is good to hear the government recognises the need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543239/hong-kong-must-maintain-vigilance-against-human-trafficking

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