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  1. Policy U-turn as debt piles up

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing xuejun.cai@scmp.com National lawmakers have made a policy U-turn, barring local governments from directly issuing bonds as concerns mount over their runaway debts ... to issue debt, subject to a cap. At present, local governments are banned from directly selling bonds. With local government debt piling up to about 10.7 trillion yuan (HK$13.1 trillion) by the end ...

  2. The other solution to Beijing's deepening debt problems

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland China has a government debt problem. Granted, it's not a problem on the scale of Greece, where public debt now stands at 165 per cent of gross domestic product. Nonetheless, China's debt burden is substantial- and worrying. You won't get that impression from looking at the official figures. According to Beijing's numbers, at the end of last year ...

  3. Europe's other bad-debt problem

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to address the pressing debt problems of Italy, Spain and Portugal as well as Greece, not to mention wider structural debt imbalances. So far, the crisis has revolved around a fixation with sovereign debt, reflected in volatile bond markets. But there is now increasing concern that Europe has taken its eye off a major obstacle to recovery, which is an even bigger stock of corporate ...

  4. Bank's rise in bad loans heightens debt concerns

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... squeeze in the second half of last year. However, many analysts do not expect NPL ratios to jump significantly among Chinese lenders as they expect the banks to simply make pre-emptive debt ... issue,' he said. Most Chinese banks report their annual results in March. Analysts said Chinese banks have not experienced a credit downturn since the government decided to clean up the bad debts ...

  5. Toll roads sag under debt of 760b yuan

    Posted Oct 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing and Toh Han Shih Twelve provinces are faced with debt totalling 759.3 billion yuan (HK$920.8 billion) they have incurred from building toll roads, and money from fees ... and analysts caution that the impact of the debts on government finances needs to be addressed. Faced with persistent public complaints about high tolls, authorities of the 12 provincial-level ...

  6. Allied Cement to smooth out debt

    Posted Dec 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Allied Cement, aims to use nearly all the proceeds of its initial public offering to pay off debt after listing on the main board of the stock exchange. ... The company will use HK$130 million to repay its debts to its majority shareholder, Tian An China Investments, a Hong Kong-listed property and construction material company. It will use another HK$10 ...

  7. China bank stocks seen as way to go despite bad debt fears

    Posted Jan 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan and Anita Lam Investors are being advised to keep believing in the China story and overweight mainland bank and consumption stocks despite fears that global economic turmoil and an unfolding bad-debt crisis at home will stunt growth. Howard Wang, head of the Greater China Team of JP Morgan Asset Management, said the company had increased its exposure to mainland banking stocks ...

  8. Euro debt crisis a win-win for China

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... economy. There were questions about lack of detail and whether the numbers were big enough to head off another crisis down the road. But at least there was agreement on tackling debt ... Papandreou threw all the cards in the air this week with his stunning decision to seek his people's consent in a referendum on a debt rescue from which his country is the main beneficiary. ...

  9. China take on Greek debt? That would be thoroughly silly

    Posted Sep 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that China's large holdings of American sovereign debt can be translated into job-creating investment. In exchange for these concessions, he told a World Economic Forum talk shop in Dalian ... that it is prepared to perform this kowtow. The future of the euro is in doubt. Unless Germany and France undermine their own fiscal standing by underwriting dubious Greek sovereign debt, Greece may have ...

  10. Lessons from US debt farce

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... had agreed on a deal to raise the country's US$14.3 trillion debt ceiling just in time to avoid a default today. Even before the deal's approval by Congress, a lively inquest has ... States but also the world as a whole'. It called on America to kick its 'debt addiction'. People's Daily kept up the pressure, warning that a US debt default could weaken ...




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