China 

China’s banks remain reluctant to lend amid US trade war uncertainty, new data shows

Chinese banks lending was slightly higher in May from a month earlier, but the value remained below expectations as the impact of the trade war played on lenders’ minds, leading to speculation that the economy may need another, bigger jolt in the arm.The value of new yuan-denominated loans dropped to 1.18 trillion yuan (US$170.54 billion) in May, lower than the market expectation of 1.3 trillion yuan and only slightly higher than April’s reading of 1.02 trillion yuan, according to data released… Source link

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Chinese banks lend record amounts as government seeks to stop economic slowdown

China’s banks extended a record 16.17 trillion yuan (US$2.4 trillion) in net new loans last year the People’s Bank of China said on Tuesday, as policymakers pushed lenders to fund cash-strapped firms to prop up the slowing economy. The new figure, well above the previous record of 13.53 trillion yuan in 2017, is an indication that the bank has been moderately aggressive in using monetary policy to stimulate the economy, which slowed sharply as a result of the trade war with the US. Outstanding yuan loans were up 13.5 per…

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