Yellen says economic slowdown in China would have “global consequences”

Evergrande’s collapse could slam Chinese banks

The Biden administration is closely watching the situation unfolding in China with the world’s most indebted property developer, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who warned that its struggles to pay back billions in loans could have repercussions for the global economy.

Evergrande, China’s second largest property developer, is on the hook for more than $300 billion to creditors.

“Real estate is an important sector of the Chinese economy. It accounts for about 30% of demand,” Yellen told “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan in an exclusive interview. “And a slowdown in China, of course, would have global consequences. China’s economy is large, and if China’s economy were to slow down more than expected, it certainly could have consequences for many countries that are linked to China through trade.”

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