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China to lift business curbs for foreign banks, brokerages: Cabinet

BEIJING: China will remove business restrictions on foreign banks, brokerages and fund management firms, a cabinet meeting chaired by premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday (Oct 16) said, according to state television.

China has stepped up efforts to open its financial sector amid a festering trade war with the United States, with increased access to its financial sector among a host of demands from Washington.

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Last week, China announced a firm timetable for opening its futures, brokerage and mutual fund sectors fully to foreign investors next year, the latest step to deregulate the country's trillions of dollars worth of financial industry.

The cabinet did not elaborate on what effect the removal of the curbs would have.

China will also support local governments' efforts to attract more foreign investment and give foreign investors more leeway in overseas borrowing, the cabinet said.

China will not allow forced technology transfers by foreign firms, it said.

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Stabilising foreign investment is part of Beijing's policies to support the slowing economy that has been pinched by the country's trade war with the United States.

China's economic growth is expected to slow to a near 30-year low of 6.2 per cent this year and cool further to 5.9 per cent in 2020, a Reuters poll showed, even as Beijing steps up policy stimulus.

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