Vietnam 

A broader view on Gov’t guarantees required – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News By Võ Trí Thành* For many years, Việt Nam’s Government has been acting as a guarantor for a lot of investment projects. This has increased confidence of both lenders and investors in the implementation and success of the projects. However, experts recently argued that because public debts are rising, private companies should carry out infrastructure projects without Government guarantees. So are the Government’s sovereign guarantees necessary anymore, when the country still needs capital for infrastructure development? It is undeniable that foreign loans have contributed…

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China 

China’s service activities expanded in December despite broader economic slowdown

Growth in the Chinese service sector accelerated to a six-month high in December, according to a private gauge released on Friday, demonstrating some resilience in the world’s second largest economy. The service sector purchasing managers’ index (PMI), compiled by Markit and published by Chinese financial news outlet Caixin, rose to 53.9 in December. The measurement is well above 50.0, the point between expansion and contraction, showing services were performing strongly in the last month of 2018. The pickup in the Caixin reading, which is based on a survey of over…

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