SURVEY: Opening the gate of China

Author: Karry Lai | Published: 23 Apr 2019

After decades of domestic growth, the PRC is gradually letting the international community in – but contradictory policies make it a difficult market to tackle

The past year has seen China liberalising – in gradual iterations – its financial and insurance sectors. The process has been slow and careful, but a range of reforms are sending the signal to foreign financial institutions that attitudes are changing.

Against this backdrop, IFLR chose to poll readers on the strategies they're adopting, barriers they still face, and what else needs to happen to smooth their path.

The results show the practical difficulties banks and asset managers face when expanding into China. Respondents offered frank feedback on the day-to-day issues they come across, and how existing and future policies can better motivate foreign financial institutions to access the PRC financial markets.

Warning: patience required While foreign banks have been investing in retail and commercial banking in China for...