How the trade war masks the real problems…

How the trade war masks the real problems…

The ongoing trade war isn’t just about tariffs.

It never was, according to Jim.

He argues the trade war was more about ending China’s illegal coercion of intellectual property from the US.

Now, there’s another side to this argument.

That is, while the US is in discussions about tariffs and challenging Chinese IP laws, China is masking a bigger problem.

The Chinese financial sector is on the verge of bankruptcy. Only two months ago, I explained that Chinese banks are selling off distressed debt.

In spite of assurances from government officials that everything is under control, there’s still a massive US$34 trillion in total government and corporate debt.

Last year, more than 119.6 billion yuan (AU$24 billion) of Chinese corporate bonds were defaulted on. That’s a fourfold increase since 2017.

And now there’s US$1.4 trillion in distressed debt going at fire sale prices.

These defaults are coming from the corporate sector and include both US dollar-denominated and local currency bonds.

But, as Jim points out today, it’s not just the Chinese financial sector that’s a concern. All the talk about the trade war is masking a slowing Chinese economy and a failing banking industry.

The key takeaway? China needs Chinese exports to prop up the economy.

Read on for more.

Until next time,

Shae Russell Signature

Shae Russell,
Editor, The Daily Reckoning Australia

Australia’s ‘Miracle Economy’


Australia’s recession-free economy is now a world record. We surpassed Japan’s previous record three years ago…

In fact, if you’re under 28 years old, Australia hasn’t had a recession in your lifetime…

Australia’s last recession ended in June 1991. Compared to the rest of the developed world, we breezed through the GFC, the ending of the commodities boom, the dotcom crash and the Asian financial crisis…

  • The truth about our ‘Lucky Country’ status…
  • Why China isn’t going to give us any more money.
  • The one investment Australians rely on — more than any other — for their future prosperity…

It’s a fascinating and insightful interview. Simply enter your email address in the box below and click ‘Send Me My FREE Report’.

Privacy Statement: We will collect and handle your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You can cancel your subscription at any time. Read our FAQ