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BEIJING, May 4 (Reuters) - Zhang Zhaojun, deputy chief of China's banking regulator in Dalian city, said at a news conference on Thursday:
* The banking sector's total credit exposure to Dalian-based, state-owned Dongbei Special Steel Group Co is more than 44 billion yuan ($6.38 billion).
* Bank branches in Dalian have 22.1 billion yuan in credit exposure to Dongbei Special Steel.
* Dongbei has been at the heart of troubles in China's debt market, defaulting on nine separate bonds last year. It formally entered into a bankruptcy restructuring process in October.
$1 = 6.8945 Chinese yuan renminbi Reporting by Shu Zhang; editing by Jason Neely