Beijing may allow foreign financial firms to list in China: Ex-finance minister Lou Jiwei

The move would be in line with the country’s opening up of its financial industry. PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI – China will encourage foreign capital to participate in its financial markets and may allow foreign-funded financial institutions to go public in the country when “conditions are ripe”, local media quoted a former finance minister as saying on Saturday.

Such moves would be in line with the country’s opening up of its financial industry, Mr Lou Jiwei told the Global Asset Management Forum in Beijing, according to the 21st Century Business Herald newspaper.

At the same event, Mr Cao Yu, vice-chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, was quoted by Shanghai Securities News as saying China would respond to the demands of foreign financial institutions and promote the common development of Chinese and foreign-funded banking and insurance entities.

Beijing has been stepping up efforts to woo foreign companies and investors to aid an economic recovery after the dismantling of its zero-Covid policy late last year.

It has sped up fund licence approvals for foreign asset managers in recent months.

Mr Lou also commented on the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in the United States, saying Chinese authorities attach great importance to preventing and resolving systemic risks and are trying to improve financial supervision with the creation of a financial regulatory body.

“We will also continue to cooperate with the financial regulatory agencies of other countries to jointly prevent and resolve systemic risks in the global financial system and maintain the stability and prosperity of the global financial market,” he added, according to the newspaper. REUTERS

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