Flight to safety whets appetite for Chinese dim sum

Splendid isolation: China's Ministry of Finance pushes ahead with its Rmb20 billion dim sum bond, ignoring the market rout.
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An advert for China's dim sum bonds outside Bank of China in Hong Kong
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Undeterred by the turmoil in global financial markets, the Chinese government is throwing its weight behind the nascent offshore renminbi market with plans to auction a massive Rmb20 billion $3.1 billion dim sum bond, its biggest to date.

The bonds, issued by China’s Ministry of Finance MoF, are planned for next week and will be divided between a Rmb15 billion institutional tranche and a Rmb5 billion retail tranche. Bank of Communications HK, the lodging agent for the institutional tranche, organised an investor lunch in Hong Kong on Monday this week.

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