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China Preparing For Evergrande’s Downfall: WSJ

Evergrande chairman Hui Ka Yan is seen at a news conference in Hong Kong in March 2016
Evergrande chairman Hui Ka Yan said in a letter to employees on New Year's Day he "firmly" believed the group would be able to "repay all kinds of debt" in 2023. But analysts now say the threat of the group being liquidated seems more likely. File photo: Reuters.


Officials in China familiar with discussions about the beleaguered property giant Evergrande say Beijing is reluctant to bail out the debt-laden developer but is preparing for economic and social fallout from the company’s downfall, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

They wrote: “The officials characterised the actions being ordered as ‘getting ready for the possible storm,’ saying that local-level government agencies and state-owned enterprises have been instructed to step in to handle the aftermath only at the last minute should Evergrande fail to manage its affairs in an orderly manner,” with local governments told to prevent unrest and mitigate the ripple effect on homebuyers and the economy. Full story: Wall Street Journal.



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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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