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Athens, China

BEIJING – While parts of the world are dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis or an emerging sovereign-debt crisis, China is coping with the risk of overheating and/or an asset bubble.

Many factors may be pushing China’s economy in this direction. One of the most worrying is the same which fueled the current crisis in the eurozone: mushrooming public debt. In the eurozone, the problem is member countries’ sovereign debt; in China, the problem is borrowing linked to local governments.