Evergrande has reportedly proposed ways to repay investors, including cash installments, properties, or investors’ payables on residential units that they have bought, according to Chinese financial media outlet Caixin. Xu, the company’s founder and chairman, vowed last week  to repay all matured wealth products on time, and said that while he could “be left with nothing,” that should never happen to the company’s investors.

“If Xu Jiayin’s plan to repay by selling property fails, there will be an escalation in protests until the government decides to step in. I think some in the government would like to see how much cash the company can raise without government help before committing state resources,” Shih tells Quartz. “For retail investors and homeowners, this is a stressful period. “

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