Chinese FM Leaves Peru On Emergency Call From Home
China's Finance Minister Xie Xuren was called back from an international economic conference in Peru before the meeting began, following orders from Beijing to help resolve problems at home, an organizer of the event said.
Xie left Trujillo, Peru, where Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation finance officials are meeting this week, shortly after arriving at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 5, Gladys Otero de Swinnen, protocol director for the conference, said in an interview.
``They told him he has to resolve an economic problem and that he's the only one who could do so,'' de Swinnen said. ``He was complaining because he had to fly 32 hours to get here and then he had to fly another 32 hours to get back.''
China's largest banks, with 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) of cash, are resisting government efforts to boost lending to 42 million small and medium-size companies that drove the economic boom of the past decade. On Nov. 2, the central bank scrapped curbs on loans after three interest rate cuts in seven weeks failed to revive economic growth that has sagged to its slowest in five years.