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China Relaxes Laws On Govt Bond Sales

September 1, 2014

BEIJING (Alliance News) - China eased rules governing bond issuance by local governments so as to make public project financing easier.

Top lawmakers amended the budget law, allowing local governments to raise funds directly through bond issue to finance public projects. However, local government is not allowed to sell bonds to finance day-to-day expenditure.

The revision has solved the problem of borrowing money for local governments, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said.

There were some new borrowings and repayment of old debts, but the overall size has not expanded obviously, Lou said. The overall risks are under control, he added.

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Source: Alliance News

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