How do you “fix” a nations’ banking system’s increasingly desperate need (and dependence upon) for government-provided liquidity without giving in and just providing all the inflation-stoking liquidity the banks demand? Simple – in China – you ban the media from discussing it. As The FT reports, Chinese propaganda officials have ordered financial journalists and some media outlets to tone down their coverage of a liquidity crunch in the interbank market, in a sign of how worried Beijing is that the turmoil will continue. The censors have warned reporters not to “hype” the multiple-sigma spikes in overnight-funding rates and have forbidden the press from using the Chinese words for “cash crunch.”
Of course – early prints in today’s repo market are seeing levels normalize back to around 4-5% (just as Goldman Sachs ‘suggested’ they would because this liquidity spike is nothing but ‘seasonals’ – hhhmm)
Via The FT,
Chinese propaganda officials have ordered financial journalists and some media outlets to tone down their coverage of a liquidity crunch in the interbank market, in a sign of how worried Beijing is that the turmoil will continue when markets reopen on Monday.
Short-term interest rates for loans in the interbank market shot up last week in an apparent repeat of the cash crunch in June
Money market rates surged again on Friday, even after China’s central bank announced on Thursday evening that it had carried out “short-term liquidity operations” to alleviate the problem.
In response Chinese censors have warned financial reporters not to “hype” the story of problems in the interbank market, and in some cases have forbidden them from using the Chinese words for “cash crunch” in their stories, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named.
The Communist party’s powerful propaganda department and various other party and government bureaux frequently issue bans and detailed instructions to Chinese media on “sensitive” issues that could undermine party legitimacy.
That directive also ordered media to “strengthen their positive reporting” and “fully report the positive aspect of our current economic situation, bolstering the market’s confidence”, according to a copy obtained by the FT.