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Evergrande on the Brink
Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande Group faces a deadline today to make an $83.5M bond interest payment. Many investors fear the cash-strapped company won’t meet the payment and will default on its debt, with a potential ripple effect on the global economy.
The second-largest real estate developer in China, Evergrande spent the past two decades aggressively borrowing as it helped fuel the country’s construction boom. In addition to prolific spending, a government crackdown on debt financing pushed the company into a cash crunch. As of June, the company had $88B in outstanding debt with 42% due within a year. Cash is so short that the company paid suppliers with unfinished apartments over the summer. Its stock price has dropped 80% so far this year, trading at $0.40 as of this morning.
Some have likened the crisis to China’s version of the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, as Evergrande threatens to become the largest debt default by an Asian company in history.
The company has a 30-day grace period to meet its obligation if the payment is missed.
Ukraine Assassination Attempt
A top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky survived an assassination attempt while being driven in his car south of the country’s capital of Kyiv. The adviser, Serhiy Shefir, was not injured though his driver was reportedly taken to the hospital with at least one gunshot wound. A photo released by Ukraine’s top prosecutor showed at least 10 bullet holes in the side of Shefir’s sedan.
Who was behind the attack is yet to be determined, though officials linked the shooting to Zelensky’s appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Zelensky, who said he would return home following the news, had earlier delivered remarks criticizing Russia’s military presence in Eastern Ukraine.
Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and has actively encouraged and supported anti-government unrest in the eastern Donbas region in recent years.
Police Reform Falls Through
After months of back-and-forth discussions, lawmakers ended talks on federal police reform without reaching a compromise deal. Lead negotiators — Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA-37) — said neither side could reach an agreement palatable to the other side’s caucus.
After missing a number of self-imposed deadlines, deep divisions remained among the bipartisan group on key issues. Among the key hurdles was qualified immunity, a legal doctrine shielding officers from personal liability over constitutional violations (deep dive here). Reports also suggested areas of bipartisan agreement, including an officer accountability database and the use of no-knock warrants, ran into challenges around specific phrasing in bill drafts.
The news follows a Justice Department decision last week to increase oversight of reform implementations at various police departments across the country.
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