Following New Rules: Overseas Banks look at China

Dec. 12, 2006 – On 17 November 2006, overseas banks announced that they intend to expand their operations in China subsequent to the release of new rules. The rules are said to have opened up China’s banking sector for global competition.

HSBC, Standard Chartered, Bank of East Asia, and Hang Seng all corroborated to AFP that they have plans to launch locally joint ventures in the country, as requisite by new regulations.

China guarded new rules enabling overseas banks into the money making retail banking industry, as officials said that the stringent requirements of the new regulations meet promises on opening the long protected retail-banking sector to overseas competition.

The rules require overseas banks to locally incorporate if they intend to offer local currency services to Chinese individuals. Beyond that, overseas bank have to put up one Billion Yuan (or US$ 127 Million) for the incorporated bank and reserve 100 Million Yuan for every branch.

The new regulations (effective from December 11 2006) are designed to realize one of the last commitments made by China while the country joined WTO five years ago for opening up its banking sector to global competition. Executives of overseas banks have, however, complained that increased capitalization and other requirements are likely to slow their ability of setting up broad branch networks.

As per the views expressed by a senior Research Analyst at RNCOS, who has recently researched a report on “China Banking Sector Analysis (2006-2009)”, the new rules will enable foreign banks access local currency retail market and will subject them to several similar regulatory requirements like that of local banks, while there’ll be some tougher restrictions.

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