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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Moody's downgrades China's Credit Rating to AAA-

It is a major economic news.

China's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in almost three decades (first time since 1989) by Moody's, as the rating agency warned the country's government debt would go up despite upcoming ambitious reforms.

Moody's said the world's second largest economy was likely to see a significant rise in debt in the coming years as China's leaders stimulate the economy to prevent a sudden slowdown.

It downgraded China's rating by one level to A1, from Aa3 , keeping it within investment grade territory.

Market reaction to the downgrade was very delayed, and came as China's finance ministry said Moody's assessment of the Chinese economy underestimated its ability to enact reforms.

In a statement, Moody's said it expected the country's financial strength to "erode somewhat over the coming years, with economy-wide debt continuing to rise as potential growth slows".

It said: "While ongoing progress on reforms is likely to transform the economy and financial system over time, it is not likely to prevent a further material rise in economy-wide debt", as well as potential new costs.

Moody's said China's ageing population, a slowdown in productivity growth and state-led investment were likely to weigh on output in the medium term, which was likely to slow to close to 5 percent over the next five years, from 6.7 percent in 2016.

It said maintaining healthy levels of growth would require more fiscal stimulus as the economy attempts to shift towards growth led by consumer spending and service spending.

It warned that a series of reforms designed to guide China's transition "would not fully offset the rise in economic and financial risk".

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