Chinese T-bill buyers may have provided the capital for GM’s bailout (and by extension, GM’s bailout of Delphi) but American taxpayers will have to pay them back eventually. Meanwhile, the Chinese government gets to yea-or-nay GM’s rescue of its spun-off supplier. And the yeas have it. Automotive News [sub] reports that GM will assume more than $1b worth of Delphi’s debt, while waiving $2b in claims against its largest supplier. Additionally, GM will invest $1.75b in Delphi and provide an unspecified amount of new debt. China’s only concern was that Delphi set up firewalls between GM and its other Chinese clients in order to protect the intellectual property of Chinese firms. With that measure taken, and Chinese approval secured, Delphi appears on track to end its four year sojourn in bankruptcy by month’s end. Can GM afford this kind of outlay to keep Delphi alive? Shouldn’t Delphi have been given its own separate bailout to keep costs transparent? No matter, it’s fait accompli at this point. At least the Chinese government was kind enough to approve the deal (oh, and back its financing in the first place).
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