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As China grapples with the twin issues of increasing natural hazards and low insurance penetration, the economic progress it achieves tends to be annihilated. Catastrophe bonds can be a viable solution to this problem. Asia Insurance Review spoke with two insurance-linked securities experts to discuss the feasibility of CAT bonds as a risk transfer mechanism in China.
China has always been exposed to natural disasters. Typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides and wildfires have occurred throughout Chinese history. Some of these events have been the most destructive, particularly in terms of fatalities.
In recent years the impact of these perils has grown and some of them are becoming even more frequent and severe. Exposure to risk in China is changing.