China's banks to absorb shocks in 2009, says S&P

The ratings agency predicts that the problems facing Chinese banks this year will not be big enough to result in ratings downgrades.

Standard and Poor's outlook on China's banking sector is stable. Major banks are financially positioned to absorb the shocks that are likely to mark 2009, provided the government doesn't interfere too much in their lending processes, the ratings agency says in a report published yesterday. The problems that the sector faces are not of a magnitude that they could lead to a negative ratings change on the major banks, it concludes.

The main policy risk comes from the possibility that...

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