The State of Banks

What will China do if they experience a banking crisis? The normal course of action would be to raise cash/assets to cover their losses. What will the United States do if China calls in their US Treasurys?

David DeGerolamo

Top China Banks Triple Debt Write-Offs as Defaults Loom

China’s biggest banks tripled the amount of bad loans written off in the first half, cleaning up their books ahead of what may be a fresh wave of defaults.

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world’s most profitable lender, and its four largest rivals expunged in the first six months 22.1 billion yuan ($3.65 billion) of debt that couldn’t be collected, up from 7.65 billion yuan a year earlier, filings showed. That didn’t pare first-half profits, which climbed to a record $76 billion, as provisions were set aside in earlier periods when the loans began souring.

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