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Can foreign investment transform China's banking system?

Overview

China has launched an ambitious reform of its banks, opening the door to foreign strategic investors. As they have moved determinedly in, followed by financial investors piling into banking IPOs in a buoyant market, everyone is happy for now.

But is such optimism warranted? As argued by our trusted source - a leading China economist - profits are vulnerable to growth slowing to below 8 per cent. Banks may not even be the best financial sector proxy for general economic expansion....

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