China Local Government Debt CNY15.86 Trillion at End June Vs CNY 15.32 Trillion at End 2016

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China's local government debt inched higher, signaling risks are under control due to Beijing's efforts to prevent governments from raising large amounts of funds, an official said Friday.

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Outstanding local government debt stood at 15.86 trillion yuan ($2.35 trillion) as of June 30, slightly higher than 15.32 trillion yuan at the end of last year and below this year's ceiling of 18.82 trillion yuan, said Liu Wei, a vice finance minister, at a briefing.

Beijing has rolled out a slew of measures, including setting debt ceilings for local governments, to rein in a rapid debt buildup. It also overhauled local government financing vehicles, which were debt-raising entities for local governments, into state-owned companies.

Since 2015, the government has also been trying to ease local governments' debt burden through a debt-for-bond swap program, allowing localities to repay old debt by issuing new bonds.

Write to Grace Zhu at grace.zhu@wsj.com

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July 28, 2017 04:43 ET (08:43 GMT)