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China Stops Reporting Bond Trades by Foreigners After Selloff

  • Figures withheld after record net sales of sovereign debt
  • China’s Covid lockdowns have fueled market turbulence
A police officer in personal protective equipment stands guard at a checkpoint during a lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai, China, on May 16.

A police officer in personal protective equipment stands guard at a checkpoint during a lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai, China, on May 16.

Source: Bloomberg

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China’s main bond trading platform for foreign investors has quietly stopped providing data on their transactions, a move that may heighten concerns about transparency in the nation’s $20 trillion debt market after record outflows.

Daily trades by overseas investors were last provided for May 11 by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The data showed sizable net foreign outflows that day, with some selling also seen for most days in April, the people said.