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China Numbers: Female CEOs, Vacant Offices & Bad Loans

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The numbers making news around China during the week of August 12, 2013

2 percent
Proportion of CEOs in Hong Kong that are women. Wall Street Journal

2.9 million
Number of Chinese speakers in the U.S. South China Morning Post

5 percent
Amount that trips by foreign visitors to China declined from January to June compared to the same period last year. AP

3.83 billion
Number of bank cards that have been issued in China as of this June. Economic Observer

1.03 percent
Proportion of non-performing loans reported by China’s top four banks; down from 2.87 percent in 2008. Comparatively, mid-sized banks are currently averaging 0.68 percent and small banks 0.8 percent Wall Street Journal

46.4 percent
Proportion of government debt at the end of 2010 that came from transparent financing platforms. The rest came from shadowy quasi-legal or illegal channels. The government is currently conducting another audit to see what the situation is now. Economic Observer

4.4 percent
Beijing’s office vacancy rate, which one expert says is below the “natural rate” needed to let the market churn. Wall Street Journal



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