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    China’s Stock Market Crash Indicates Difficulties in Reforms – Moody’s

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    The latest stock market collapse in China is an indication of difficulties Beijing is facing with implementing economic reforms, Moody’s Investors Service said in a press release on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "The latest episode of stock market turmoil in China — the second since mid-2015 — suggests that the Chinese authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile the tensions inherent in designing and implementing credible and effective reform measures while maintaining economic, financial and social stability," the release stated.

    The rating agency noted that the Chinese government should meet its economic targets in the short term and it forecast the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 6.3 percent in 2016.

    Nevertheless, Beijing is likely to face further financial market volatility based on uncertain methods and pace of reforms. Moody’s claimed that the measures the Chinese government has taken to stabilize its stock market have not been effective.

    However, "a further marked slowdown in commodity, construction and heavy industry sectors will be offset by significant fiscal and monetary stimulus," the release added.

    Thursday's seven percent fall at the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges triggered the new Chinese stock market circuit-breaker mechanism for the second time this week, causing a knock-on effect across the world. China's trade suspension was followed by Wall Street sliding one percent and European stock markets slumping by two percent late Thursday afternoon.

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