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China: Property crash seen in empty office towers

Jack Rodman, who has made a career selling soured property loans from Los Angeles to Tokyo, sees a crash looming in China. He keeps a slideshow on his computer of empty office buildings in Beijing, his home since 2002. The tally: 55, with another dozen candidates.

"I took these pictures to try to impress upon people the massive amount of oversupply," says Rodman, President of Global Distressed Solutions, which advises private equity and hedge funds on Chinese property and banking.

Rodman figures about half of the city’s commercial space is vacant – more than was leased in Germany’s five biggest office markets in 2009.

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