According to the People’s Bank of China, a video conference was held by Chinese financial authorities to discuss financial risk resolution. The focus of the conference was on adjusting real estate loan policies and organizing financial assistance to address local debt issues.
The ability of the central government to adopt fiscal policies to stimulate the economy has been hampered by poor financial conditions at the local government level. This difficulty is made worse by a fall in land sales brought on by a slump in the real estate market, which has affected local government revenue.
The conference confirms worries that certain governments would find it difficult to save their debt-generating corporations. Despite recent poor data and a general slowdown in the economy, China has continued to take a cautious approach to stimulus, placing a higher priority on reducing financial risks.
The financial pressure on local governments as a result of the real estate slump and COVID-related limitations was underlined by analysts at S&P Global Ratings. Investors are becoming concerned as a result of the situation’s escalating economic imbalances between successful coastal provinces and less prosperous inland regions.
Beijing has indicated a change in its real estate strategy in recent weeks by putting in place targeted steps to calm the situation. The People’s Bank of China also decreased the prime rate for one-year loans by 10 basis points to 3.45%, while leaving the rate for five-year loans, which serves as the foundation for most mortgages, unchanged at 4.2%.
A new group of financial policymakers attended the meeting as part of China’s revamp of its regulatory framework this year. Pan Gongsheng, the party secretary, and the new head of the central bank also spoke during the conference. Representatives from significant state-owned banks, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and the administrative office of the Central Financial Commission were also present.
In order to oversee high-level planning for financial stability, China established the Central Financial Commission in March. The Financial Stability and Development Committee of the State Council, which had been presided over by retired Vice Premier Liu He, was abolished as a result of this action. In addition, the National Administration of Financial Regulation was founded earlier this year to take the place of the previous banking and insurance regulator.
This development demonstrates China’s resolve to handle financial issues and maintain financial sector stability.