31 Jul 2019

Banks urged to control property lending

PBoC urges lenders to prioritize loans to the manufacturing sector and rein loans offered to the property sector.

30 Jul 2019

Shenzhen forex regulators okay Qianhai reforms

Shenzhen pushes foreign exchange reform by broadening the scope of financing options for enterprises

30 Jul 2019

CBIRC mulls new rules on foreign investment in insurance

Revision of the regulations governing foreign insurance companies is a crucial, practical step that regulators must take to allow more foreign investment…

30 Jul 2019

Party committees hold ideological study sessions

While this study campaign may seem esoteric, it is co-opting time at all levels of the government – including all of the major financial regulators. Essentially, the campaign is an effort to…

29 Jul 2019

AIA opens Tianjin and Hebei operations

AIA has been approved to add two more operations to its current seven operations in Mainland China

26 Jul 2019

Qi Xinzheng under investigation for corruption

CCDI, CBIRC and Jiangsu Province’s anti-corruption agency announced that Qi Xinzheng, head of CBIRC Fujian office, was under investigation for “serious disciplinary violations”

26 Jul 2019

PBoC mulls enhanced oversight for financial holding companies

PBoC would classify non-financial firms with operations that encompass two or more financial industries as “financial holding companies” and would require them to seek licenses

25 Jul 2019

Beijing CBIRC strengthens supervision of commercial bill market

With the recent slowdown of the economy, the bills market has grown quickly – as businesses rely more and more on short-term bridge financing in the face of financial strains. Regulators are likely to …

23 Jul 2019

CBIRC issues new rules for ownership of unlisted banks

The new rules are an effort to increase transparency and improve overall equity management. They come after a nationwide inspection of rural credit cooperatives in April which exposed problems with …

23 Jul 2019

CBIRC ramps up offsite inspection for property insurers

These issues are a reminder that China’s insurance industry has long been plagued by questionable business practices…

20 Jul 2019

FSDC announces 11 financial opening measures

Top-level authorities continue to signal that financial opening measures will accelerate in the coming months. As we have noted previously, authorities see the current period of time as…

18 Jul 2019

China mulls scrapping QFII quotas

The scrapping of the quotas for these programs would represent an important symbolic step toward opening.

15 Jul 2019

Exodus of ZhongAn executives continue as co-CEO steps down

ZhongAn’s performance is being watched closely by the domestic insurance industry. Insurtech is a relatively new concept overall, and is…

15 Jul 2019

Shenzhen relaxes Qianhai finance and trade regulations

Any devolution of power allowing local authorities to be more aggressive in experimenting with financial opening should be good for foreign financial institutions…

15 Jul 2019

CBIRC revising regulations on non-life insurance reserves

Improved solvency is positive for any potential further opening of the sector, as well. The more regulators feel confident in the health of the sector…

15 Jul 2019

Canadian detained in China on suspicion of drug offenses

Not much is yet known about this most recent arrest, but there is not currently any evidence to suggest that it is politically motivated. However, the harsh penalties handed down to…

15 Jul 2019

Canadian public sours on China

Given the treatment that the Canadian government and Canadians in general have received from China in recent months, it’s hardly surprising that public sentiment has turned. The politically motivated detention of two Canadians…

15 Jul 2019

Trudeau and Trump raise detained Canadians with Xi at G20

Despite Trump and Trudeau’s entreaties, it seems unlikely that Spavor and Kovrig will be released before the Meng Wanzhou saga sees a resolution. The ongoing diplomatic snub of Canadian officials shows…

13 Jul 2019

PBoC to roll out fintech “sandbox”

The concept of a “regulatory sandbox” has become increasingly popular in recent years because it would allow various jurisdictions to experiment…

11 Jul 2019

End of the road for Anbang

Given the severity of Anbang’s woes, regulators will remain highly vigilant to ensure that China’s private insurance companies are tightly regulated and solidly solvent. What’s more, regulators will go to great lengths to…

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