Investment tips: Is China about to overheat or could its big spenders save us all?

Investment tips: Is China about to overheat or could its big spenders save us all?
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By Richard Dyson In Beijing


The scandal surrounding Bo Xilai, the high-flying Chinese official allegedly involved in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, has reignited fears that China’s leadership is untrustworthy and corrupt.

Social upheaval sparked by Chinese labourers who are angry at this perceived corruption and the massive disparities in wealth could derail economic growth. But most commentators think that this is unlikely.

‘China’s government has been exceptionally good at being able to move in a way that’s broadly acceptable to the population,’ says Hong Kong-based Geoff Lunt of HSBC Asset Management.

‘Most people feel better off, they believe their children can look forward to a better life than their own and they can hold their heads high in the world.’

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