China is snapping up Japanese government bonds, and it’s not just for the returns

  • China bought 1.46 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) in medium to long-term Japanese government bonds on a net basis between April and July. That was 3.6 times more than the same period last year.
  • In the same period, the U.S. increased its purchases by only 30%, in comparison. Europe, meanwhile, sold off 3 trillion yen worth of JGBs.
  • Yields on such bonds are near zero, making them an unlikely option as an investment. But analysts told CNBC there are other reasons why China would want to buy those bonds.



text, calendar: Bank notes of the Chinese yuan, Japanese yen and the U.S. dollar.


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Bank notes of the Chinese yuan, Japanese yen and the U.S. dollar.

SINGAPORE — China’s recent purchase of Japanese government bonds surged to the highest level in more than three years – as the country more than tripled its holdings between April and July this year, compared to the previous year.

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