30 May '11, 12am

China said behind massive foreign buying in Japanese bonds (via ST iPhone App)

TOKYO - CHINA is stepping up buying in Japanese government bonds, particularly notes with less than one year to maturity, market players say, in what looks like a fresh drive to diversify its ballooning foreign reserves after US government bill yields fell. Foreign investors have flocked to Japanese government bonds in the past five weeks, finance ministry data shows and market sources say China was among the main buyers, although a large part of buying was made through banks in London. This means the ministry's breakdown of investors by country, which will be available next month, is likely to understate China's purchases. There is a strong sense of deja-vu as China, which had more than US$3 trillion (S$3.71 trillion) in foreign reserves at the end of March, dabbled in the short-term yen market early last year. Market players say, however, that like last time, China may n...

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