【极速时时彩_时时彩平台网址_极速时时彩平台网址】Local gov't bond issuance going down in China

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BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Local governments raised 364.2 billion yuan (about 54.36 billion U.S. dollars) through bond issuance in February, down from 418 billion yuan in January, data showed Wednesday.

In the first two months of the year, bond issuance of local governments totaled 782.1 billion yuan, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

By the end of February, outstanding local government debt reached 19.14 trillion yuan, below the official ceiling of 24.08 trillion yuan set for the year.

Chinese authorities have pledged to rigorously control risks in local government bonds and implicit debt while using bond issuance to finance infrastructure projects and improve weak areas.

Last year, local authorities raised a total of 4.17 trillion yuan via bond issuance, down from 4.36 trillion yuan in 2017, MOF data showed.