Larger local govt debt may add to China's credit risk

The Chinese government’s intention to sell $203 billion of local government debt marks a departure from deleveraging to stimulus. But it is likely to increase China's debt problems.

Larger local govt debt may add to China's credit risk

The Chinese government’s intended sale of Rmb1.39 trillion $203 billion of local government debt is a sign that it has moved away from deleveraging to stimulating the country's flagging economy. But the bond sale also risks exacerbating the country’s severe debt problem.  

“It’s not going to stimulate growth and it’ll worsen the debt problem,” said Cliff Tan, East Asian head of global markets research at MUFG, at a recent press conference. “China...

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