By Amy Lam
HONG KONG (Dec 28) -- Bond issuers in Asian countries outside of Japan raised a record $438.93 billion through notes issued in U.S. dollars, Japanese yen and euros this year, up nearly 40% from the year ago, according to markets data provider Dealogic.
Chinese issuers raised $217.73 billion across 311 G3 bonds, which are notes denominated in dollars, euros and yen, up 81% from 2016, the data updated till Dec. 27 showed. China's issuances accounted for almost half the total international bond deals in the region. Australian and South Korean issuers raised $77.15 billion and $29.91 billion, respectively, ranking second and third.