"Credit transmission is broken" in China

|By:, SA News Editor

So says the country's Beige Book - a quarterly survey of Chinese businesses and banks. Banks have money to lend, but "fewer and fewer firms are doing any borrowing ... credit is largely being siphoned off by a privileged elite." As the pointed remark might indicate, this Beige Book is not a creature of Beijing, but instead a private effort.

"Bankers and the government may insist the credit spigot remains open, but it is not open for most and liquidity is not financing genuinely new economic activity.”

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