Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jim Chanos: Chinse Government Doesn't Have Money; Banking System is Built on Quick Sand

Jim Chanos sounds a warning on China, in this Bloomberg interview.

"... because what happened the last two crises, in ’99 and ’04, when non-performing loans went crazy in China without even a recession, the Chinese banking system was not re-capitalized like ours was, it was papered over. Going into this credit expansion, Chinese banks are sitting on lots of bonds from the so-called asset management companies set up in 1999 and 2004, and they are keeping them on the books at par, at full value."

"The Chinese banking system is built on quicksand, and that’s the one thing a lot of people don’t realize. When they talk about the foreign reserves of $3 trillion, what everybody forgets is there’s liabilities against that".

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