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The iPhone app reached the top among free social media apps in Apple Store China on the first day it was released earlier this month.
The anonymous-sharing Secret app allows users to broadcast their missives to the world, but posts on Secret are limited to a network of friends based on the address book of users' phones.
Although the developer said defamatory and offensive content would be removed, mean-spirited posts like complaints about bosses, dissatisfaction with society and juicy gossip abound among users.
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Some users questioned whether their anonymous posts would be tracked by the built-in system, but the developers said a special technology makes the encryption irreversible. In other words, no one can decrypt the data, even the founders, they said.
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Insiders also hold a pessimistic attitude toward the new trend, as the app may not maintain its buzz after initial curiosity fades.
In just a few years, Hong Kong banks have ramped up lending to China from near zero to $430 billion, fuelling concerns about their credit exposure to the mainland at a time when sliding economic growth and defaults are making investors nervous.
Even a modest increase in non-performing loans would have a significant impact on Hong Kong bank profits, suggesting the sector will be a sensitive indicator of China's debt markets in the year ahead.
A landmark domestic bond default earlier this month and headlines of bankruptcies - highlighted last week by Zhejiang Xingrun Real Estate Co - have underscored concerns that an unprecedented surge in company debt in China is now showing signs of unraveling.
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Data from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city's de-facto central bank, showed a similar astonishing rise. By the end of 2013, Hong Kong banks' net claims on China as a percentage of their total loan book was nearing 40 percent, compared with zero by 2010.
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Local banks in both these centers have taken over lending that foreign banks once dominated, drawn by cheap funding rates following the global financial crisis, a voracious appetite from Chinese borrowers and healthy growth in the world's second-biggest economy.
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There is no breakdown of the type of loans behind the $430 billion figure. But Stephen Long, managing director of financial institutions at Moody's Investor Services, said "a substantial part" is in lower-risk categories such as trade finance. This would include loans to Hong Kong blue-chip companies operating on the mainland or loans supported by guarantees from Chinese banks.
However, trade finance may also hide speculative flows that bet on a rise in the yuan - a popular trade encouraged by the currency's 2.9 percent rise against the dollar last year. In this trade, investors and companies falsify trade receipts to convert foreign currency into yuan and avoid capital controls.
This year's slide in the yuan may also pinch debtors' ability to service their loans. The yuan has dropped nearly 3 percent Uomo Off-White x Air Jordan 1 The Ten Bianche Nere Italia , wiping out its 2013 gains, putting it on track for its worst March quarter since 1992.
"Most of these loans are not hedged completely on a currency basis even if they are collateralized and the currency volatility means some of these banks may be sitting on large currency losses," said a trade banker at a large European Bank. He declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak openly to the media.
Stock and credit analysts also say a big chunk of the loans has ended up in China's property and financial sectors, as well as industries with surplus production capacity, such as steel - all areas where regulators are trying to control lending.
To be sure Uomo Off-White x fragment design x Nike Air Jordan 1 Nere Blu Italia , capital buffers at Hong Kong banks are much higher than minimum international standards and the central bank has not shown any alarm about the lending.
The HKMA said it has been "closely monitoring" the sector's credit exposure and it expects banks "to maintain sufficiently robust system of controls to manage the specific risks that they are facing".
Investors are showing more concern though. An index of financial stocks .HSCIF in the main Hong Kong bourse had fallen by more than 13 percent this year through to the end of last week. It perked up on Monday on hopes for government stimulus to support the Chinese economy.
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