China still vulnerable despite war on bad debt – Richard McGregor

From the Financial Times (link)

At first glance, Beijing would appear to have tackled head-on the mountain of bad debt in its state banking system, debt which has built up over some 20 years since the government began opening the economy in the late 1970s.

In 1999 the government established bad-debt disposal companies to sell off sour loans, used bank profits to wipe out more and also pumped in cash from its foreign exchanges reserves to recapitalise the institutions.

In all, China cleared about $560bn (‚Ǩ444bn, ¬£305bn) of bad debts in a flurry, an amount equal to about half the country’s gross domestic product at the time the funds were deployed.

Categories :

Tags :,


Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.