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China Banks May Miss Loan Target for 2012, Officials Say. China’s biggest banks may fall short of loan targets for the first time in at least seven years as an economic slowdown crimps demand for credit, three bank officials with knowledge of the matter said.

China Banks May Miss Loan Target for 2012, Officials Say

A decline in lending in April and May means it’s likely the banks’ total new loans for 2012 will be about 7 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion), less than an estimated government goal of 8 trillion yuan to 8.5 trillion yuan, said one of the officials, declining to be identified because the person isn’t authorized to speak publicly. Banks are relying on small and mid-sized companies for loan growth after demand from the biggest state- owned borrowers dropped, the people said. The drying up of loan demand attests to the severity of China’s slowdown and may add pressure on Premier Wen Jiabao to cut interest rates and expand stimulus measures. Stocks Slide Asian stocks fell, with the benchmark MSCI Asia Pacific Index declining 0.2 percent as of 5:19 p.m. in Tokyo, heading for a fourth weekly loss. Is China Really Liquidating Treasuries? Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics Is China Really Liquidating Treasuries?

Is China Really Liquidating Treasuries?

The news that China has become the first sovereign to establish a direct sales relationship with the U.S. Treasury (therefore cutting out the middleman and bypassing Wall Street ) raises a few interesting questions. From Reuters: China can now bypass Wall Street when buying U.S. government debt and go straight to the U.S. China airline cuts flights to Philippines. BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhua) -- China Southern Airlines, one of the three major Chinese airlines, on Tuesday announced it is cutting flights to the Philippines as tourist numbers shrink amid tensions in the South China Sea.

China airline cuts flights to Philippines

China Southern will reduce its number of flights between China's Guangzhou city and Manila, capital of the Philippines, to just one a day on certain dates from May 26 to June 30. China to Invest in Coal Gasification - with GEs help - OIL - eWallstreeter. The sea rises in China. China Is Developing a Grid Better for Coal Than Renewables. China will fail to meet its carbon and energy intensity targets unless it makes dramatic changes to its electricity grid, a groundbreaking new report finds.

China Is Developing a Grid Better for Coal Than Renewables

The study, two years in the making, finds that China's grid is its "Achilles' heel," said lead author and Energy Transition Research Institute Research Director William Chandler. China Is Developing a Grid Better for Coal Than Renewables. China Stops Buying Europe Government Debt on Crisis Concern. Gao Xiqing, president of China Investment Corp., said the nation’s sovereign wealth fund has stopped buying European government debt on concerns about the region’s financial turmoil.

China Stops Buying Europe Government Debt on Crisis Concern

CIC will continue to look for new investments in Europe as part of its strategy to boost allocations to infrastructure, private-equity assets as well as emerging markets to help boost returns, Gao said. CIC, with an estimated $440 billion in assets, is the world’s fifth-largest country fund, according to Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. “What is happening in Europe right now is of course of concern,” Gao said in an interview in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the World Economic Forum on Africa. “We still have our people looking at opportunities in Europe, even though we don’t want to buy any government bonds.” Europe’s turmoil is reigniting on the second anniversary of policy makers’ first attempt to prevent Greece’s woes from spreading. Bloomberg Poll European Infrastructure.

Understanding the Origins of the China – Philippine Cyber War. For many years, there has been a territorial dispute between China and Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal (Philippine Term: Panatag Shoal) or Huangyan Island (Chinese Term) and the Spratlys Island.

Understanding the Origins of the China – Philippine Cyber War

But the most disputed island today is the Scarborough Shoal because of the growing tension after the Chinese government sent a military vessel or a navy fleet into the South China Sea after rejecting a Philippine proposal to submit the Panatag Shoal dispute. A few days later, some defacers vandalized the official website of the University of the Philippines and left a note that they were from China and that Huangyan Island is theirs and not the Philippines. News spread regarding the defacement and intrusion of the hackers, who claim to be from China, and because of that a hacker who goes by the handle busabos retaliated and defaced three Chinese domains:, and In his defacement he said: Chinese government is clearly retarded Scarborough Shoal #OpChinaDown. Hugh Hendry: forget Europe and the US, the next crisis will be in China. The emerging markets hub News and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Hugh Hendry: forget Europe and the US, the next crisis will be in China

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