19 Jan 2011

China ahead of World Bank with loans to Third World

6:11 am on 19 January 2011

China is reported to have overtaken the World Bank as the biggest lender to developing countries.

According to research by the Financial Times newspaper, China's Development Bank and Export-Import Bank offered loans worth at least $US110 billion in the past two years.

That's about 10% more than commitments made by the World Bank which issued loans of just over $US100 billion.

The paper's research was based on public announcements about specific deals from them, their borrowers or the Chinese government.

The BBC reports the banks are policy banks - which have a mandate to further whatever Beijing sees as its national interest.

China is holding $US2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves.