Investors shun Chinese bonds favoured by biggest benchmarks

Indexes are increasing their allocation to China, but European investors want climate and human rights action first


The Netherlands’ giant asset owners are refusing to increase their holdings of Chinese government bonds until the world’s second-biggest economy reduces its carbon emissions and stops abusing human rights.

APG and Achmea, which manage money for Dutch pension schemes, and the insurer LifeTri invest less than 1% of their government-bond holdings in securities issued by the Chinese state. The most popular global bond indexes have an average weighting of 7% for Chinese government bonds.

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