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Financial authorities support unstable markets

China’s financial authorities are trying to stop the markets from slipping further. On the one hand, state-controlled funds are intervening in the stock market to support prices. On the other hand, the central bank is easing restrictions on mortgage lending. These measures are intended to inject fresh capital into the ailing real estate sector and boost housing construction. Valuations for investment properties had fallen considerably in the past year. Economic planners now want to prevent a downward spiral in the financial sector.

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