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China's external financial assets at $4.126t

Source:   Time:

  The country's external financial assets expanded 19 percent from a year earlier to $4.13 trillion by the end of 2010, boosted by increased foreign exchange reserves and overseas investment, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said Monday.

  

  According to 2010 year-end figures on China's international investment position (IIP) released by the SAFE, the country's external liabilities rose 20 percent year-on-year to $2.34 trillion, while net external financial assets increased 19 percent to $1.79 trillion in 2010.

  About 71 percent of China's external financial assets were its $2.91 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, according to the SAFE.

  China's $310.8 billion of direct investment overseas, $257.1billion of securities portfolio investment and $643.9 billion of other unspecified investments made up the rest.

  In terms of China's foreign financial liabilities, direct investment by other countries or regions in China totaled $1.48 trillion, securities portfolio investment reached $221.6 billion and other unspecified investment stood at $637.3 billion.

  China'a foreign exchange regulator, the SAFE, also revised China's IIP for 2009 in its statement on its website.

  According to the statement, China increased its holding of gold to $48.1 billion in 2010, up from $37.1 billion in 2009.

  Representing the difference between a country's domestically owned foreign assets and foreign owned domestic assets, IIP reflects the financial assets and liabilities of one country or region compared to other countries or regions.

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