I have recently encountered an interesting phenomenon which, having been alerted to it, probably means it is quite widespread & maybe even structural.
Chinese firm A is trying to justify making an overseas asset acquisition. (They are clearly acting under instructions as part of the Great Haul of China project to buy up the entire universe.) Said asset would, naturally enough, be a lot more attractive if it had a full order book for its output several years forward.
Enter Chinese company B, with a big multi-year order. What a happy coincidence, eh? These are the things that make the world go around. One could imagine such arrangements being replicated all over the place.
The flaws in this entertainingly circular business model are rather obvious ... When the man with money meets the man with experience, the man with money gets some experience. As they say.
Personally, I have a nice bridge over the Thames for sale. Its value would be incomparably improved if it had a long-term tolling contract with a big international trucking company willing to commit to using it for all its cross-Thames business for the next ten years. Nice weekend, all !