China’s financial system harbours large risks, says IMF


Wake up levels of debt pose “large risks” to China’s economy, harmonizing to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In its first report since 2011 on China’s bounce to shocks and contagion, the IMF said it still had concerns over imbalances in the period’s second-largest economy.

A stress test on China’s banks found four-fifths were helpless.

Beijing should put less emphasis on growth, beef up regulation, and look up banks’ finances, the IMF said.

China’s “big four” banks had adequate super but “large, medium, and city-commercial banks appear vulnerable”, the IMF said.

The strain tests covered banks holding 171tn yuan ($26tn; £19bn) in perfect assets, and 27 out of the 33 tested needed to raise more loots, despite already complying with Basel III regulations on bank capitalisation.

The IMF cautioned in October that China’s dependence on debt was growing at a “dangerous reckon”.

China has seen robust growth over recent years, driven by debt-financed investment and exports. But in knighthood a neat to maintain high growth rates, and protect jobs and social lasting quality, local governments had extended credit and protected failing companies, the make public said.

China’s debt has ballooned and is now equivalent to 234% of the country’s gross output, according to the IMF.

“The apparent primary goals of preventing large declines in local jobs and reaching regional growth targets have conflicted with other tactics objectives such as financial stability,” the report said.

The IMF acknowledged that prerogatives were already taking steps to contain the risks. But the Fund pronounced China should adjust its economic strategy further.

“We recommend the controls to de-emphasise the GDP” growth, said Ratna Sahay, deputy director of the IMF’s Numismatic and Capital Markets Department.

“Implicit guarantees to SOEs [state-owned enterprises] needfulness to be removed carefully and gradually,” she said.

The IMF also warned against the instant development of new financial products, which it said could “very double-quick become large and popular and potentially a systemic risk”.

The Fund guesses better co-ordination among supervisors was essential to contain the “grave” perils posed by innovative products.

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