Los bancos españoles invierten en China lo que no prestan en España

Por supuesto que los diarios españoles como El País y el ABC lo saben pero lo ocultan y hay que leer la prensa en inglés para enterarse de cómo los bancos españoles invierten en China lo que no invierten en España.

[PS.  Por cierto que los bancos van a cerrar en España  MILES  de sucursales.  Para el 2011 quedarán la mitad de sucursales.  Ellos mismos fueron culpables de la burbuja inmobiliaria, hay pueblos sin importancia que tienen 20 sucursales bancarias.  Esos locales no se los puede quedar nadie porque las tiendas empiezan a cerrar, ya se les contagia la Depresión.  ]

Esto beneficia a China más que a España, el déficit comercial con China saltó más del 50% y es de 18.000:000.000 de euros. Obtienen de esta manera solapada más acceso a Latinoamérica a través del Santander y el BBVA y fuerzan la mano de Europa a reconocer a China como una economía de mercado, lo que tiene ventajas impositivas.

☼ La parte bien dibujada de la imagen, la de los conquistadores, pertenece al blog «Sobre esto y lo otro«, bajo licencia Creative Commons, pero cito al autor Christian Rodriguez y pido disculpas por haberla usado inicialmente sin autorización.

Mutual benefits as Spain and China move closer

Spain’s latest generation of conquistadors is heading east – and they knock before they come in.

Telegraph 26 Jun 2009

Santander, the number one Spanish lender, is in talks with China Construction Bank to start a rural banking venture, according to a person familiar with the situation. Its main rival, BBVA, recently announced plans to offer car finance and private banking in China.

The financial crisis seems to have brought Spain and China closer – and not just in banking. China is a major market for Spanish renewable energy firms such as Gamesa and Acciona. Telefonica holds 5pc of China Netcom, one of the main beneficiaries of China’s push into third-generation mobile.

Spanish firms, facing a troubled domestic market, are keen to find opportunities to piggy-back on China’s growth – even as minority investors. But Spain is also an attractive partner for the Middle Kingdom. Its big international banks have avoided the worst effects of the financial crisis. While the likes of Goldman Sachs and UBS sold stakes in Chinese partners, BBVA increased its position in Citic Group, leaving its $3bn (£1.8bn) investment as one of the biggest foreign punts on a Chinese financial firm.

BBVA and Santander have something else China wants – access to Latin America. They are strong in countries such as Mexico and Brazil, where China sees a rich seam of commodities and a new destination for exports. Trade between Latin America and China hit a record $143bn last year. Spain’s banks can lubricate those flows.

It also helps that Madrid has been willing to play along with Beijing’s diplomatic game. José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain’s prime minister, has avoided obvious gaffes such as meeting the Dalai Lama. And Spanish officials have implied that the country’s presidency of the European Union in 2010 will see it push for recognition of China as a «market economy» – a coveted title that China patently doesn’t merit.

The diplomacy comes at a cost. Spain’s trade deficit with China rose almost 50pc between 2006 and 2008, to €18bn (£15.3bn). Spain’s financial conquistadores may be in a sweet spot, but as Spain’s economic woes deepen and China’s ease, there’s little doubt who’s doing the conquering -China.

Por Armando

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