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Despite China's economic revival in recent months, the CSI 300 equity index is lower than where it was last year. (Source photo by Reuters) 
Market Spotlight

Chinese stocks falter as far-flung regions struggle to recover

Distressed asset specialists head to Guizhou province to boost 'real economy'

KENJI KAWASE AND ECHO WONG, Nikkei staff writers | China

HONG KONG -- The southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou is hundreds of kilometers from the financial centers of Asia's biggest economy and thousands from the global cities where leading fund managers allocate assets. But events in that less-developed corner of the country provide a clue to the disappointing performance of Chinese stocks this year.

Guizhou's economic woes have grown so dire recently that it has sought help from one of the state-owned distressed asset management companies that typically absorb troubled credits in China. Fifty experts from China Cinda Asset Management have been dispatched to the province for purposes including "serving the real economy" and relieving "difficulties faced by the real estate sector," Zhao Limin, its vice president, told an April 20 forum co-hosted with local regulators, according to reports posted on the asset manager's social media account and the province's website.

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