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China's RQFII programme expanded to France
Publication Date : 21-06-2014
China has officially granted 80 billion yuan ($12.9 billion) quota of investment to France under the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme, a spokesman for the China Securities Regulatory Commission said on Friday.
The expansion is based upon the joint declaration between China and France signed in March.
France is the second European country to gain RQFII quota after the United Kingdom.
RQFII, launched in 2011, allows foreign investors to invest offshore yuan in Chinese stocks, bonds and money-market products. Currently investors in Hong Kong, London, Singapore and France can apply for the programme.
As of now Hong Kong, London, Singapore and France are covered by the RQFII. Hong Kong holds the largest RQFII quota of 270 billion yuan (US$43 billion), while London and Singapore have quotas of 80 billion yuan ($13 biliion) and 50 billion yuan ($8 billion) respectively.
Till date, the RQFII quota covers 480 billion yuan ($77 billion). As of the end of May, 78 overseas financial institutes have obtained the approval of RQFII for value amounting to 240 billion yuan ($39 billion)
Zhang Xiaojun, spokesman for CSRC, said that the pilot programme of RQFII have been running smoothly, contributing significantly to the growth of the offshore yuan market and boosting the opening up of Chinese domestic capital market to the rest of the world.
"The RQFII quota assigned to France will be conducive to the internationalisation of renminbi and the expansion of the investment channels of yuan funds raised in France," said Guo Tianyong, a professor of finance at Central University of Finance and Economics.