John Foley is Reuters Breakingviews' China editor. Based in Beijing, he writes on China’s economy and financial markets. John established Breakingviews’ Hong Kong bureau in 2009, and previously wrote on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and consumer goods in London. Before joining Breakingviews in 2004, John worked as a copywriter for a London-based advertising agency. John read English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford. Follow John on Twitter @johnsfoley
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A reported injection of $81 billion via big banks equates to less than a month of credit. It won’t restore rapid growth, but may help cash-strapped companies pay their bills for a while. High debt and low liquidity are forcing authorities into increasingly intricate manoeuvres.
Industrial and investment data for August were poor. Yet job creation, wages and retail spending – which matter most for ordinary people – look solid. While that justifies inaction for now, it is naïve to think the two realms can remain separate. Real estate is the vital link.
A year ago, Premier Li Keqiang seemed to be driving forward economic reform. Now he looks more of a passenger. China’s agenda is dominated by fighting corruption and targeting perceived rent-seeking. Market reforms, and foreign investors, have moved down the pecking order.
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