Investors shun Chinese bonds favoured by biggest benchmarks

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

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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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