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Beijing extends hand over EU debt: report

By Xu Tianran  (Xinhua)

13:58, October 18, 2011

As EU leaders hope for a "big step" forward in addressing the European debt crisis at this weekend's summit in Brussels, China has reportedly made a "secret offer" to inject billions of dollars into the troubled continent.

Quoting a source close to the G20 talks held on Saturday in Paris, the Sunday Times reported that Chinese representatives had indicated at the meeting that Beijing was willing to pump tens of billions of yuan into the eurozone to purchase infrastructure assets from debt-plagued nations.

The source added that Chinese banks also stand ready to increase their purchases of eurozone sovereign debt.

"China wants to be sure that Europe knows the size of the hole and that it won't get any bigger before they agree to fill it in," the source said, adding that before making any investment, China wants to see further budget cuts and structural reforms from European countries.

At the 2011 Summer Davos Forum in Dalian, Liaoning Province on September 14, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said, "We have repeated our willingness to extend a helping hand and increase our investment in the eurozone."

Wen stressed that developed countries should adopt responsible fiscal and monetary policies and "put their own houses in order."

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Canada at 2011-10-1970.36.49.*
An article today that may be of interest to China.France and Germany ready to agree €2tn euro rescue fundLeaders of France and Germany aim to calm market fears before G20? David Gow in Brussels ? guardian, Tuesday 18 October 2011 19.35 BST ? France and Germany have reached agreement to boost the eurozone"s rescue fund to €2tn (£1.75tn) as part of a "comprehensive plan" to resolve the sovereign debt crisis, which this weekend"s summit should endorse, EU diplomats said.? The growing confidence that a deal can be struck at this Sunday"s crisis summit came amid signs of market pressure on France following the warning by the ratings agency Moody"s that it might review the country"s coveted AAA rating because of the cost of bailing out its banks and other members of the eurozone. The leaders of France and Germany hope to agree a deal that will assuage market uncertainties or, worse, volatility, in the run-up to the G20 summit in Cannes early next month.? France would now have to pay more than a percentage point – some 114 basis points – over the price paid by Germany to borrow for 10 years as the gap between the two country"s bond yields widened to their highest level since 1992.? On Tuesday stock markets and foreign exchanges reacted uneasily to the damping down of expectations, notably by Berlin, about the prospects of a full-scale deal although EU diplomats close to the talks say the Franco-German agreement covers boosting the financial firewalls for eurozone members to withstand the threat of a "credit event" or sovereign debt default in weaker countries.? This takes two forms. First, the main bailout fund, the European financial stability facility, will be given additional levers enabling it to offer first-loss guarantees for bondholders, be they private or public. Senior diplomats say this will deliver a fivefold increase in the fund"s firepower – giving it more than €2tn compared with the current €440bn lending capability. The EFSF will in effect become an insurer, thereby overcoming European Central Bank resistance to the idea of turning into a bank.? Second, Berlin and Paris have agreed that Europe"s banks should be recapitalised to meet the 9% capital ratio that the European Banking Authority is demanding after its re-examination of the exposure levels of 60 to 70 "systemic" banks. The EBA has marked these exposures much closer to current market values.? It is said that the overall recapitalisation required will be closer to €100bn rather than the €200bn talked about by Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director, and others. French and German banks, senior sources said, can meet the new capital ratio target on their own without recourse to state funds, let alone the EFSF. Other countries" banks, however, may need financial support from the state or the EFSF.? Berlin and Paris are also said by those close to the negotiations to be edging nearer to agreeing on the increased scale of private sector involvement in the second rescue package (€109bn) for Greece. This was set at a voluntary 21% "haircut" in the July package but, under worsening overall economic conditions and a likely restructuring of Greek debt, Germany has been pushing for losses of up to 50%. France, backed by the ECB, has resisted the idea, while EU officials have clearly indicated that a range of 30 to 50% is being considered.? Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank"s outgoing chief executive, held talks on Tuesday with senior EU officials on behalf of disgruntled bondholders. But there are signs that they are reluctantly accepting the need for bigger "haircuts" under the comprehensive plan to resolve the sovereign debt crisis. "We"re not talking about a unilateral, one-sided restructuring of Greek debt," the diplomats said ahead of the imminent arrival of the full report from the troika of ECB, IMF and European commission on Greece"s compliance with the bailout terms.? Senior EU officials admit that technical details remain to be settled. Some of these will be agreed by finance ministers who meet on Saturday, while others will await final agreement in the run-up to the G20 summit in Cannes. "It"s a huge agenda," senior officials said of the plan of work for the summit. "But there will be a number of breakthroughs."? They added: "We thought the [Greek] package of 21 July was a big step, but obviously it was not enough and now we"re pretty confident that markets will say that these people really mean what they say and will ensure stability."
romanov at 2011-10-1980.94.16.*
2011-10-18.Mercy's to help your crisis but should's to be polite's and disciplines.IN POLITIC NOT TO HAVE LOVE!Need to become ruthless.If not next time this to revenge oneself.To be ocassion-forward.
wende at 2011-10-1871.255.93.*
making sure that these recipients will not turn around with its ugly faces one day after and start bashing China. giving China a stone after China has given them the bread. Preconditions have to be laid out and agreed upon. China should also start having a thick skin on its face to turn down any deals when their ugly faces show up like in the case of the Philippines.
  

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