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China Set to Expand Opening to $9 Trillion Bond Market

  • Bond Connect program in Hong Kong seen as a stepping stone
  • Concerns about repatriation have limited foreign purchases
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After China finally got a start on seeing its local stocks into global equity indexes, focus turns to what could be an even bigger deal -- winning inclusion into the world’s benchmark bond gauges.

China is preparing the final touches for the next stage in that campaign -- a "Bond Connect" program with Hong Kong that will allow international investors to buy Chinese debt in the city, a mirror of two stock connect facilities with domestic equity markets. Market participants expect an official announcement on the start as soon as July 3.