77 Billion USD: Amount Poured By Foreign Banks Into China

May 14, 2011 5:13 pm

We have written about how the Chinese central bank is trying to cool down the economy by rising reserve ratios for Chinese domestic banks – but today we spotted a stat that surprised us:

“During 2010, banks that report their holdings to the Bank for International Settlements plowed an exchange-rate-adjusted $77 billion into China, increasing their exposure by 86% from the end of 2009 and bringing the country’s share of global cross-border lending — while still small at 1.1 % — to its highest level on records going back to 1977.

The shift represents a vote of confidence in China, as banks pulling out of financially troubled European countries such as Greece, Portugal and Ireland send more money east. But it also underscores the pitfalls of China’s efforts to find its own solution to a fundamental problem of international finance, the so-called “trilemma”: While countries may want to maintain stable currencies, run an independent monetary policy and keep their borders open to foreign capital, they can do only two of the three.”

Statistics Source: WSJ

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