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     BEIJING (MNI) - The following are highlights from the Chinese press for
Tuesday, January 9:  
     China's interbank market has ample liquidity even after the People's Bank
of China (PBOC) skipped open market operations for 11 days, PBOC-run daily
Financial News said Tuesday. The central bank has also made ample preparations
to prevent a cash crunch at the end of the current Chinese new year in February,
when cash demand surges, the newspaper said. That includes a temporary reduction
in the cash required to set aside by banks, Financial News said. (Financial
     Chinese authorities are expected to use more indirect measures to manage
the value of the yuan, including adjusting interest rates, and accelerate
market-based reform of FX policies, the official China Securities Journal
reported Tuesday citing interviews of economists. Economists also expect the
authorities to broaden the participants of its interbank FX market and enrich
its FX products to attract investments from more overseas institutions, the
report said. (China Securities Journal)
     The risk that China's local government debt may trigger a financial crisis
is low given the outstanding total is within the standard set by the IMF, Chen
Long, a researcher affiliated with the Ministry of Finance, said in a People's
Daily commentary on Tuesday. Most local government debt went to financing
infrastructure projects, which boost growth and improve productivity, Chen said.
Still, China needs to speed up the reform of local governments' fiscal and
funding structures to improve balance sheet, Chen said. (People's Daily)
     China should not let local authorities relax controls over the property
market even if some slowing signs appear, the 21st Century Business Herald
reported Tuesday. Property prices in some cities are doomed to fall for lacking
actual demand and purchasing power, so the authorities should allow the market
correct itself, it said. China should not continue to rely on the property
sector for growth at the expense of excess borrowing, and having financial
institutions rely heavily on the property sector may endanger the economy, the
newspaper said. (21st Century Business Herald)
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