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  1. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    China credit risks grow as debt produces less GDP, loans rolled over

    Posted Jun 04th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... James Saft Increase in borrowings and low level of bad loans are signals that debt is not being repaid Mainland debt risk rises as credit produces less growth The mainland is requiring more and more debt to produce less and less growth. This raises the issue not just of where exactly all the money is going, but what happens once we all find out. It is also causing concern ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Debts weigh down new vision for urban push

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Mainlanders, mindful of local government excesses, have reason to be wary when the leadership talks up urbanisation as a key strategy Debts ... said life was far from better in the city after a massive wave of urbanisation had worsened pollution, caused rising bad debts, and lowered the quality of life. Similar concerns surround ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Mounting local government debt a crisis in the making in China

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... government debt a financial crisis in the making Warning of local governments' high exposure to bad debts, credit agency Fitch recently downgraded China's long-term local-currency rating from AA-minus to A-plus. Chinese officials should take note: the downgrade underlines how closely international markets are watching developments in China. Local government debt is nothing new, ...

  4. Business - China Business

    China local debt 'double audit level'

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Ex-minister says provinces and cities may owe more than 20 trillion yuan Mainland local debt 'double audit level' Mainland local governments may have more than 20 trillion yuan (HK$25 trillion) of debt, former finance minister Xiang Huaicheng said. That is almost double the figure given in a 2011 report by the National Audit Office. The combined ...

  5. Business - Economy - RATINGS

    Fitch cuts China's credit score as debt increases

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Global agency says rampant borrowing, local government financing are of growing concern Fitch cuts China's credit score as debt increases ... that it had cut China's long-term local-currency debt rating to A-plus from AA-minus. "Risks over China's financial stability have grown," said Fitch. "Credit has grown ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China ignores at its own peril its hidden debt risks

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by ZHANG MONAN

    ... Zhang Monan Zhang Monan says with up to 90 per cent of its assets illiquid, Beijing runs risk of a debt default China ignores at its own peril the debt danger lurking beyond its balance sheet In the past 200 years, there have been more than 250 cases of sovereign-debt default, and 68 cases of domestic-debt default. None of these was an isolated incident. Indeed, such defaults ...

  7. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Fears raised over huge debts involved in Beijing's infrastructure plans

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com With 1 trillion yuan to be spent on road, rail, port and airport projects in 2013, one analyst says massive debts required are unsustainable Fears raised on huge infrastructure debt As Beijing targets 1.05 trillion yuan (HK$1.3 trillion) to be spent on roads, rail, ports and airports this year, concerns have been raised over the huge debt involved. ...

  8. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Growing debt burden in mainland provinces causes concern

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 04:04pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu jeanny.yu@scmp.com Increasing debt burden a cause for concern The debt burden of some provinces on the mainland is becoming "worrisome" as they face the double whammy of slowing fiscal revenue and tightening bank loans, warn credit rating agencies. The debts of four provinces- Hubei, Jilin, Hainan and Hunan- are "fairly high" and may result in "high ...

  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Mainland corporate borrowing soars to service debt

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Shanghai Mainland faces growth threat as loans surge to US$1.7 trillion from US$604 billion in 2007 Borrowing soars to service debt Mainland companies are spending more than ever to service debt after their borrowing almost tripled over five years, prompting strategists to warn of rising default risk and a threat to economic growth. Total short and long-term ...

  10. Business - Economy - FINANCING

    Provincial debt won't be threat to the economy, says Standard & Poor's

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by JANE CAI

    ... debt won't be threat to the economy Local government debt will not pose a systemic risk to the Chinese economy in the next three to five years, according to a director at ratings service ... financial crisis. The amount seemed manageable compared with the nearly 40 trillion yuan gross domestic product in 2010, noted analysts, although the rapid growth of local debt raised eyebrows ...




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