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China seeks to lure investors into REITs to finance infrastructure

Government intends to build $770bn market to support infrastructure projects

China has been investing heavily in massive infrastructure projects like the construction of a highway in Zhejiang Province. (Photo by Yusho Cho)

SHANGHAI -- China is preparing to launch real estate investment trusts to tap the nation's vast investment market for the financing of highway and other infrastructure projects.

As local governments and state-owned enterprises struggle with growing debt burdens, Beijing is seeking to raise money from institutional and individual investors, funds it intends to put toward infrastructure. The plan is aimed at helping debt-ridden local administrations and state-run companies regain financial health.

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