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Banking Regulator Takes Aim at Risks

Regulators grew concerned last year that some financial-holding companies were using complicated ownership structures to benefit people and third-parties affiliated with them. Photo: Visual China
Regulators grew concerned last year that some financial-holding companies were using complicated ownership structures to benefit people and third-parties affiliated with them. Photo: Visual China

China’s banking regulator has a long to-do list for 2018: clean up financial holding groups, reduce excessive leverage and contain “shadow banking,” or potentially risky lending outside the formal banking system.

“The banking sector and regulatory departments must keep a clear mind and should not be blindly optimistic… and realize that the risks and challenges facing the banking sector are still severe and complicated,” the China Banking Regulatory Commission said in a statement Friday after a two-day meeting to set policy goals for the year.

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