Sina Finance, a popular Chinese financial news site under Sina.com recently reported that the amount of non-performing loans reached RMB 646 billion yuan (US$104 billion) in the first quarter of 2014. That figure represents a record high for the past six years. The scale of defaults has continued to rise for ten quarters in a row. The report expressed the worry that, with the slow-down in the Chinese economy, more and more credit defaults are surfacing. The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) also stated that the nationwide overall bank credit risk level has been increasing. Bloomberg analyst Rainy Yuan pointed to the quality of assets as the biggest issue that Chinese banks face and to the government’s unwillingness to provide a monetary stimulus policy as a contributor to the worsening situatiion. CBRC is calling on banks to have tighter risk management while preparing for new pressure tests for the sector.
Source: Sina Finance, May 16, 2014