Chinese local government financing vehicles, which have been breeding ground for shadow banking, are staging a comeback. If the current trend continues, it could raise concerns over the country’s fiscal health. The value of issuances for LGFV bonds for the January-March quarter reached at least $90 billion. Source: Nikkei Asian Review
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China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday once again asked India to withdraw all its troops and equipment from Chinese territory, as the border standoff in the Dong Lang (Doklam) area approaches its second month. Source: People’s Daily
Top Turkish and Russian economy officials are set to discuss key economic, political, technical and trade issues at an international fair in the Aegean city of İzmir, which will start on Aug. 18 and last until Aug. 27. Source: Daily News
There are signs of UE recovery,with Eurostat reporting 2.2% euro-area growth over the second quarter of 2017, up from last year’s 0.6%. Central/Eastern Europe was growing fastest: Romania (5.7%), Latvia (4.8%), Czech Republic (4.5%) and Poland (4.4%). The weakest growth was in Belgium (1.4%), Italy (1.5%), Finland and UK (1,7). Source: Euobserver