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Jan 27, 2022 04:03 PM
CHINA

China Allows One of Its Poorest Provinces to Negotiate Debt Extensions

Red lanterns assembled ahead of China's National Day in Danzhai, southwestern Guizhou province on Sept. 24.  Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Red lanterns assembled ahead of China's National Day in Danzhai, southwestern Guizhou province on Sept. 24. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

(Bloomberg) — China will allow government-owned borrowers in Guizhou province to negotiate with banks to extend debt repayments, stoking fears the local authorities may be struggling to meet debt obligations.

“Financing platform companies will be permitted to negotiate with financial institutions to appropriately extend the maturity of existing hidden debt that meet certain requirements or restructure their borrowings to maintain cash flow,” according to a statement from the State Council on supporting Guizhou’s development.

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