However, in actuality, this recent initiative is connected to a longer-term effort, formulated inwhich aims to gradually open up Chinese markets to foreign direct investment FDI and to more closely conform with international standards. The issue is topical, as China has recently been involved with intense negotiations between both the U. On the one hand, the U.
History of banking in China Chinese financial institutions were conducting all major banking functions, including the acceptance of deposits, the making of loans, issuing notes, money exchange, and long-distance remittance of money by the Song Dynasty Inthe first paper currency was issued by the state in Sichuan.
Due to structural weaknesses of traditional Chinese law, Chinese financial institutions focused primarily on commercial banking based on close familial and personal relationships, and their working capital was primarily based on the float from short-term money transfers rather than long-term demand deposits.
The modern concepts of consumer banking and fractional reserve banking never developed among traditional Chinese banks and were introduced to China by European bankers in the 19th century.
Piaohao[edit source] An early Chinese banking institution was called the piaohao, also known as Shanxi banks because they were owned primarily by natives of Shanxi. The first piaohao originated from the Xiyuecheng Dye Company of Pingyao.
Although this new method was originally designed for business transactions within the Xiyuecheng Company, it became so popular that in the owner gave up the dye business altogether and reorganised the company as a special remittance firm, Rishengchang Piaohao.
In the next thirty years, eleven piaohao were established in Shanxi province, in the counties of Qixian, Taigu, and Pingyao.
By the end of the nineteenth century, thirty-two piaohao with branches were in business covering most of China. They concentrated on interprovincial remittances, and later on conducting government services.
From the time of the Taiping Rebellion, when transportation routes between the capital and the provinces were cut off, piaohao began involved with the delivery of government tax revenue.
Piaohao grew by taking on a role in advancing funds and arranging foreign loans for provincial governments, issuing notes, and running regional treasuries. The first qianzhuang can be traced to at least the mid-eighteenth century. Inseveral of these banks in Shanghai organised themselves into a guild under the name of qianye gongsuo.
Qianzhuang maintained close relationships with Chinese merchants, and grew with the expansion of China's foreign trade. When Western banks first entered China, they issued "chop loans" caipiao to the qianzhuang, who would then lend this money to Chinese merchants who used it to purchase goods from foreign firms.
It is estimated that there were around 10, qianzhuang in China in the early s. Other British banks followed suit and set up their branches in China one after another. The British enjoyed a virtual monopoly on modern banking for forty years.
By the end of the nineteenth century there were nine foreign banks with forty-five branches in China's treaty ports. They also enjoyed complete control over China's international remittance and foreign trade financing.
Being unregulated by the Chinese government, they were free to issue banknotes for circulation, accept deposits from Chinese citizens, and make loans to the qianzhuang. Government banks[edit source] After the launch of the Self-strengthening movement, the Qing government began initiating large industrial projects which required large amounts of capital.
Though the existing domestic financial institutions provided sufficient credit and transfer facilities to support domestic trade and worked well with small-scale enterprises, they could not meet China's new financial demands.
China turned to foreign banks for large scale and long term finance. Following a series of military defeats, the Qing government was forced to borrow from foreign banks and syndicates to finance its indemnity payments to foreign powers.
A number of proposals were made by a modern Chinese banking institution from the s onwards. Li Hongzhang, one of the leaders of the self-strengthening movement, made serious efforts to create a foreign-Chinese joint bank in and again in The bank was organised as a joint-stock firm.
It adopted the internal regulations of HSBC, and its senior managers were foreign professionals.
After the proclamation of the Republic of China, the bank changed its English name to the Commercial Bank of China in The name more accurately translated its Chinese name and removed any link to the Qing Dynasty. Intended as a replacement for all existing banknotes, the Da Qing Bank's note was granted exclusive privilege to be used in all public and private fund transfers, including tax payments and debt settlements.
Da Qing Bank was also given exclusive privilege to run the state treasury.China further opens up financial sector 3 We don’t anticipate immediate acquisitions by foreign financial institutions in the near term, but that banks with existing presence in mainland China will refine.
The foreign partner not only needed to be strategically fit and complementary to the Chinese bank, but also had to adopt the Chinese culture and value system, and had to gradually modify the system to make it more beneficial.
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