China's Credit Rating Raised

December 20th, 2010
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China Economic Review:  Standard & Poor's  raised China's sovereign credit rating to AA minus from A plus in recognition of the country's "exceptional growth prospects.

Follow up:

Moody's  raised China's rating to a similar level in November.Explaining its decision, S&P highlighted the government's light debt load, a strong external asset position as well as the positive economic outlook. It said these factors more than offset any banking sector credit problems that might arise in response to a sharp economic downturn. "We may raise the ratings again if structural reforms lead to sustained economic growth that significantly lifts the average income level," said Kim Eng Tan, an S&P credit analyst.  Read more.....

GEI editor's note:  It seems unusual that China should have a lower credit rating than the U.S. based on balance sheet and cash flow comparisons.  Must be who controls the world's reserve currency. 

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