China’s shocking start to 2022 adds pressure on authorities to calm markets

Financial turmoil risks overshadowing the Beijing Winter Olympics — already the target of a US-led diplomatic boycott — and impending leadership reshuffle

09 January 2022 - 00:00 By Sofia Horta e Costa

China’s pledge to ensure economic stability is being tested by renewed turbulence in its financial markets, prompting officials to take more conspicuous measures in what is a politically crucial year. 

Investors have had a lot to digest this week. Tencent’s partial divestment of a listed company exacerbated a $1.2-trillion (about R19-trillion) sell-off in Chinese tech shares, and one of the country’s largest bad-debt managers lost more than half its value in the equity market after a $6.6bn bailout...

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