Sunday, September 13, 2009

Newswire: China and Mongolia

1) Wen Signals Unprecedented Spending Will Drive Chinese Rebound - Bloomberg

China's Premier Wen Jiabao signaled he will maintain unprecedented
government spending to drive a recovery from the slowest expansion in
almost a decade.

"China's economic rebound is unstable, unbalanced and not yet solid,"
Wen said yesterday in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Dalian,
a city in northeastern China. "We cannot and will not change the
direction of our policies when the conditions aren't appropriate."

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2) Standard Bank Borrows $1 Billion From Chinese Banks

Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa's largest lender, said the $1 billion
loan facility it signed with four Chinese banks will be mainly used
for clients developing projects on the continent.

"The money will be used mainly to support our Africa business, for
clients wanting to do business in Africa and this would include
Chinese clients," said Chief Executive Officer Jacko Maree, after
signing the five-year facility in Macau. It will be used mainly to
fund projects, he added.

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3) Mongolia Fund to Manage $30 Billion Mining Jackpot

The Mongolian government will set up a sovereign wealth fund using
mining royalties and tax revenue, and distribute part of the income to
citizens to alleviate poverty, said Finance Minister Sangajav

The fund, to be run by professional managers from 2013, will disburse
part of its annual income to every Mongolian in cash or non-cash
securities to let them own stakes in the country's mining wealth,
Bayartsogt said. Initial capital will be drawn from Ivanhoe Mines
Ltd.'s $4 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper- gold mine project, estimated to
generate $30 billion in tax revenue over 50 years, he said.

"We're drafting the idea to implement the proposal, and we're
studying examples like the Alaskan Permanent Fund," Bayartsogt said in
a Sept. 9 interview in the capital Ulaanbaatar, declining to specify
the size of the proposed fund.

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