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China Property

China’s property market has surged in recent years. After prices jumped 25 per cent in 2009 alone, the central government imposed austerity measures, including lending curbs, higher mortgage rates and restrictions on the number of homes each family can buy.

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Lesson learnt, Chinese developers build up currency defence

Unexpected yuan depreciation last year resulted in huge foreign exchange losses for Chinese developers with heavy exposure to bonds denominated in US dollar, but their situation may improve this year as these companies are tapping the domestic bond market and taking measures to avoid currency hit