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Commentator: Local Government Debts Driving Chinese Market Decline

Lao Man (老蛮), a well-known Chinese Internet commentator, posted on the X platform about why China’s stock market keeps losing money:

“Local governments [in China] have been approved to issue 2.7 trillion yuan (US$ 380 billion) in bonds, and issuance of these debts is now underway. This is the fundamental reason for the continued decline in the stock market, draining over 20 billion yuan from the stock market every day.

In 2024, the most important economic factor [in China] is the local government debt. Keep an eye on it; it is the underlying factor behind all economic phenomena.”

Source: Twitter, @laomanpindao