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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The mystery collapse of Hanergy, Goldin Financial and Goldin Properties wiped $44 bln off their market values in two days. But actual losses for those who bought during the rally in recent months are far smaller. Big numbers aren’t always what they seem – especially in China.
Rio Tinto and Mongolia have ended a two-year stand-off on the giant Oyu Tolgoi mine by both giving ground. The nomad state now has a fix for plummeting investment inflows. While the miner’s hand looks stronger, falling metals prices have made civility the better part of valour.
The authorities want banks to show mercy to stressed local government-linked borrowers. The plan seems to be to avoid chaotic deleveraging. Though it’s a step back from reform and market forces, until a clear line has been drawn between good and bad, it’s the right thing to do.
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