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Foreign Investors Hold USD 368 Billion of China's A-Shares
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By the end of June 2020, the balance of foreign holdings of Chinese A-shares reached USD 368.40 billion, a year-on-year increase of 13%; the balance of Chinese bonds held by foreign entities surpassed USD 369 billion, up by 10% compared with last year and three times the amount in 2016.

According to Xiao Gang, who serves the country's main market regulator — the China Securities Regulatory Commission, or CSRC — global capital managers' interest in Chinese financial assets can be best explained through four aspects:

► China is the mainstay of stability for the global economy;

► A-shares were undervalued in the major global stock market;

► China's capital market is relatively large;

► Measures to improve the outward financial situation in recent years have taken effect.

Reforms in China, including the registration-based system of the ChiNext board and the Star Market, have attracted more foreign capital and are providing an appropriate environment for domestic companies in the public equity space.

*Contributor: Ivan Platonov | Editor: Luke Sheehan
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