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NPL's fall at China's Big Four

NPL’s fall at China’s Big Four

(China) - The ratio of non-performing loans at China's Big Four state owned banks is being steadily reduced, according to central bank governor Dai Xianglong. "The non-performing loan ratio was at 24.5 percent in April and it fell to 23 percent in August, but only a portion of this needs to be written off," Dai told Polish officials while on a visit to Warsaw.

The Big Four - the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, China Construction Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China - have cut their NPLs by US$7.2 billion in the first six months of this year, according to other official Chinese reports.

China set up asset management companies (AMC's) in 1999 to take over US$170 billion in bad loans from the banks, but fears are now held for the AMC's financial health.

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