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China issues new regulations on foreign-funded banks
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-11-16 10:23
China's State Council on Wednesday issued new regulations on foreign-funded banks which will take effect on December 11, the date China is expected to fully open its banking sector to foreign competition.

The new regulations, signed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, were approved at the 155th executive meeting of the State Council last Wednesday.

The new regulations lift restrictions on Reminbi and foreign-currency transactions by solely foreign-funded banks and Sino-overseas joint venture banks.

Chinese branches of foreign banks, however, are banned from engaging in Renminbi services with Chinese citizens unless an individual, having obtained the approval of the banking regulatory body, makes a fixed deposit of no less than one million yuan (127,000 U.S. dollars).

Solely foreign-funded banks and joint venture banks must have a minimum registered capital of one billion yuan or the equivalent in hard foreign currencies. Chinese branches of foreign banks must have a minimum operating fund of 200 million yuan or the equivalent in hard foreign currencies.

Foreign financial institutions who apply to set up solely-owned banks in China must have had no less than 10 billion dollars in total assets at the end of the previous year. Foreign banks who apply to set up branches must have had no less than 20 billion dollars in total assets at the end of the previous year.

The regulations also apply to financial institutions registered in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Source:Xinhuanet 
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