Chinese banks face liquidity crisis

China's surplus savings, the single most important factor upholding the nation's financial stability, have been eroded by excessive loans and biased lending policies.

Chinese banks face liquidity crisis

Much has been written about China’s surplus savings. The pile of deposits has been the single most important factor supporting China’s financial stability through more than a decade of reforms and commercialisation. However, the cash cushion has thinned considerably during the past couple of years, according to Fitch Ratings.

This depletion has not yet reached systemic levels, but it is enough to erode asset quality. China’s banking system is increasingly distressed, which is a combined...

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