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A Chinese foothold

Foreign banks edging in on China's growth

Foreign banks currently account for less than 2% of the Chinese banking industry, but thanks to the country's vast retail market, growing asset management industry and M&A-hungry corporates, many global banks are positioning themselves to take a bigger share of the spoils.

Liu Mingkang

Regulating China's economic reforms

The Chinese government is promising far-reaching economic reforms, but these are likely to put the financial sector under strain. Former chairman of the China Bank Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang tells Philip Alexander how the authorities can manage the transition.

E-commerce shadow falls over China's banks

China's e-commerce giants target banking riches

China's leading e-commerce companies are using their wealth of consumer knowledge to tap into the country's state-dominated banking market, introducing innovative new products that threaten to overshadow the more conventional offerings of local banks.

Effects of tapering loom over Asian CFOs

As the much discussed tapering of quantitative easing in the US becomes a reality, Jane Cooper finds this topic is weighing on the minds of Asia’s financial leaders, along with the increasing role of the renminbi. 

Jim O’Neill

Is more moderate growth in China good for everyone?

The days of double-digit growth in China may be over, but the rest of the world has little reason to fear, says Jim O’Neill.

The new bridges of world trade

The new bridges of world trade

Trade is changing. Flows between emerging markets continue to develop, high wages are sending some production back to Europe and the US, meanwhile Africa is making a bid to stem its reliance on raw commodities.

The China-Latin America corridor widens further

With the US and European crises behind them, South American trade figures are back on an upward slope. Local banks are paving the way for improved relations with China, and Chinese banks are increasing their presence in the region. Even the proximity of the US could have its benefits.

Regulation should not be a political tool

The UK and the US are taking very different regulatory stances, the former reverting to its characteristic light touch while the latter is taking a heavy-handed approach, but both regimes are driven by political considerations rather than market needs and are therefore at risk of damaging their respective banking systems.

China quickens pace of renminbi internationalisation

The renminbi's slow move towards becoming a global currency has gathered momentum in the past 12 months, and with China's new premier signalling his intention to smoothen this process even further, the currency appears destined to achieve reserve status in the not-too-distant future.

Top 100 China Banks ranking, 2013

Top 100 China Banks ranking, 2013

The Banker's ranking of China’s Top 100 banks shows the country's continued prosperity, with increases in Tier 1 capital almost across the board. 

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