On July 21, 2013, China Review News published an article titled “China’s Local Governments Owe Over US$12 Trillion in Debt; a Dangerous Sword Hangs over the Head of the Economy.” Since 2010, local governments’ debts have become the sword of Damocles hanging over China’s economy. According to China’s National Audit Office statistics, the amount of the debt that local governments owe exceeds US$12 trillion. However, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that China’s total public debt exceeds 50 percent of its GDP.
According to the article, China needs large scale financial reform as well as fiscal reform over the next 10 to 30 years.
Source: China Review News, July 21, 2013