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China Considers $220 Billion Stimulus With Unprecedented Bond Sales

  • Special bonds would be from the 2023 local government quota
  • It would be first time bonds are sold before start of the year
Bloomberg business news
WATCH: China’s Ministry of Finance is said to be considering a $220 billion sale of special bonds. James Mayger reports.Source: Bloomberg
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China’s Ministry of Finance is considering allowing local governments to sell 1.5 trillion yuan ($220 billion) of special bonds in the second half of this year, an unprecedented acceleration of infrastructure funding aimed at shoring up the country’s beleaguered economy.

The bond sales would be brought forward from next year’s quota, according to people familiar with the discussions, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly. It would mark the first time the issuance has been fast-tracked in this way, underscoring growing concerns in Beijing over the dire state of the world’s second-largest economy.