Fitch, the credit rating agency, has hinted at the possibility of revising China’s sovereign credit rating at the A+ level, which has raised concerns in financial markets about the prospects of the world’s second-largest economy.
Speaking on Bloomberg TV on Wednesday, Fitch representative James McCormack stated that they might reconsider the rating if the Chinese government implements additional measures to stimulate the economy. He also mentioned that the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio is slightly high for an “A” credit rating. While McCormack noted that Fitch does not expect such a move, it reflects some uncertainty regarding the stability of the rating, which the agency has maintained since 2007.
Beijing is facing challenges in reviving its weakened post-pandemic economic recovery, while concerns about the health of the Chinese real estate sector persist. These factors contribute to the increased scrutiny and potential rating revision from Fitch.
This is not the first instance in August where Fitch has caused some confusion in financial markets. Earlier this month, Fitch downgraded the long-term credit rating of the United States from AAA to AA+ and warned of possible rating downgrades for dozens of American banks.
The comments from Fitch regarding the potential rating revision for China add to the ongoing discussions about the country’s economic trajectory and stability in global financial markets. The market will be closely monitoring any future developments in this regard.