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A court in Hong Kong on Monday ordered China Evergrande to be liquidated in a decision that marks a milestone in China’s efforts to resolve a crisis in its property industry that has rattled financial markets and dragged on the entire economy. Here’s what happened and what it means, looking ahead.

WHAT IS CHINA EVERGRANDE?

Evergrande, founded in the mid-1990s by Hui Ka Yan (also known as Xu Jiayin), it is the world’s most deeply indebted developer with more than $300 billion in liabilities and $240 billion in assets. The company has operations sprawling other industries including electric vehicles and property services, with about 90% of its assets on the Chinese mainland.

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