Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Financial Times: Top China banker warns on asset bubbles

by Bill McBride on 10/21/2009 08:22:00 PM

From the Financial Times: Top China banker warns on asset bubbles

The Financial Times quotes Qin Xiao, chairman of China Merchants Bank, arguing that "it is urgent" for China to shift to a neutral monetary policy because of asset price increases.

The stimulus package in China is huge:

... China’s stimulus measures could amount to 15-17 per cent of GDP this year if government-induced bank lending is taken into account – by far the largest among major economies.
excerpted with permission
And from the WSJ: China Gains Confidence in Recovery
China's recovery is becoming broader and potentially more sustainable, a shift that could provide better support for a still-fragile global economy. ... Economic data for the third quarter ... are expected to show that gross domestic product grew by around 9% from a year earlier.
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As the fastest-growing major economy, China has a key role to play in pulling the world out of the deep slump it fell into last year. But its rebound this year has been so quick, and driven by such a huge flood of money from the state-controlled banking system, that many investors have questioned whether the expansion can continue for much longer.
This is a key point for China and the global economy. If China slows down too quickly, the global recovery could stall.