Foreign investors trimmed their holdings of Chinese sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds in January, according to new data, suggesting that concerns over rising interest rates and currency depreciation are cooling foreign demand for renminbi paper, the Financial Times reports. Source: China Economic Review
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