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China Vows Stricter Checks on Smaller Banks After Losses, Abuses

  • CBIRC pledge comes after local officials altered health codes
  • Regulator working with local government on helping investors
The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission building in Beijing, China.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission building in Beijing, China.

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China vowed to step up supervision of the nation’s smaller banks and crack down on illegal activities after investors potentially lost billions of dollars in a suspected financial scam in Henan province.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission will strengthen its oversight of shareholders at small- and medium-sized banks and restrain the behavior of major owners, Xiao Yuanqi, a vice chairman at the regulator, said at a briefing in Beijing on Thursday. The move is part of measures to beef up corporate governance at the lenders, he said.