China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) News

China in Midst of Insurtech Boom: Opinion

While China’s fintech boom continues unabated, another fast-growing phenomenon has gone almost unnoticed — so-called insurtech, the latest industry to be spawned by the intersection of online finance and the world’s biggest army of internet shoppers. Even as Chinese regulators …

China Regulator Proposes Insurer Ownership Limits to Curb Risky Investments

Proposed ownership limits at Chinese insurance companies could effectively stop conglomerates such as China Evergrande Group and Baoneng Group from using their insurance units to help fund acquisitions and riskier investments. The draft China Insurance Regulatory Commission’s (CIRC) proposals, unveiled last week, would cap individual ownership …

China’s Regulator Toughens Insurer Licensing Requirements: Sources

China’s insurance regulator is making it much tougher for insurers to get new licenses as it seeks to reduce risks resulting from the aggressive business and investment practices of some players, said three people with knowledge of the matter. Concerns about …

China’s Insurers Have Major Risk Management Deficiencies, Warns Regulator

Chinese insurance firms have significant risk management deficiencies, as they overly focus on asset management for profits and growth, a senior official at China’s insurance watchdog said on Saturday. Vice chairman Chen Wenhui of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) …

U.S., China Insurance Regulators Keep Open Dialogue

Regulatory representatives from the U.S. and China met this week to discuss issues facing their respective insurance markets. The meeting was held at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) New York office. According to the NAIC, they discussed retirement …

China Likely to Adopt Cyber Rules for Insurers Despite Foreign Business Concerns

Controversial cyber security regulations for China’s insurance industry, now before the World Trade Organization (WTO), could soon take effect despite efforts by foreign business groups to persuade Beijing to change tack. Those groups say the draft measures are vague and …

Chinese Insurers Form Fund to Finance Overseas Energy, Infrastructure Projects

More than 40 Chinese insurance companies and asset managers have jointly started an investment firm, raising 40 billion yuan ($6 billion) for a first fund to finance energy and infrastructure projects overseas, China’s insurance regulator said. The new firm, China Insurance Investment Ltd., will …

China Asked to Revise Draft Cyber Security Rules Affecting Insurance Industry

Foreign business lobbies have asked China to substantially revise proposed cyber security regulations for the insurance industry, signaling a dispute that started with the publication of similar bank technology rules earlier this year may widen. The draft regulations, announced by the China Insurance Regulatory …

Zhang to Head New Odyssey Re Representative Office in Beijing

Odyssey Re Holdings Corp. announced that it has received regulatory approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to establish a representative office in China. The bulletin said, the “new office will be based in Beijing and led by Jane …

Why Australia’s IAG Decided to Halt China Expansion Plans

When Insurance Australia Group, the country’s largest general insurer, announced ambitious plans in June to ramp up its business in Mainland China, several institutional investors including Jason Kim were seriously concerned. Kim, a portfolio manager at Nikko Asset Management which …