March 13, 2018 / 12:04 AM / 5 days ago

China to merge its banking and insurance regulators - parliament document

BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) - China said it will merge its banking and insurance regulators, according to a parliament document released on Tuesday, in a long-awaited move to streamline and tighten oversight of the financial system in the world’s second-biggest economy.

China will also transfer some of the banking and insurance regulators’ roles to the central bank, the document showed.

Since the beginning of last year, Beijing has cracked down on leverage and risky market practices, with China’s various regulators releasing a flurry of new rules in an attempt to rein in risks.

China’s financial system has become increasingly tough to regulate due to its sheer breadth. It has grown rapidly in size and complexity, emerging as one of the world’s largest with financial assets at nearly 470 percent of gross domestic product, according to the International Monetary Fund. (Reporting by Shu Zhang, Muyu Xu, Judy Hua and Vincent Lee; writing by Ryan Woo; editing by Richard Pullin)

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