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Nerves on Edge After South China Sea Ruling; Insurance Rates Still Stable

Global oil and shipping markets reacted nervously on Tuesday after an international arbitration court ruled against Beijing’s claims across large swathes of the South China Sea, fueling geopolitical tensions in the vital waterway. A tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, found …

China Floods Kill 173, Cut Transportation Links; Hit to Economy Expected

Weeks of torrential rain across central and southern China have caused the country’s worst flooding since 1998, killing 173 people, ruining farms and cutting major transportation arteries — and creating potential headwinds to economy growth. A swollen Yangtze and other …

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Appoints Jia as CEO of China Operations

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has appointed Jingwei Jia as chief executive officer, China, effective immediately. Jia will be based in Shanghai and drive Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ strategy of building its China operations into a leading commercial insurer. Since joining Swiss Re in 2003, Jia has …

Chinese Forced into Massive Debt to Pay for Vital Healthcare

As China’s medical bills rise steeply, outpacing government insurance provision, patients and their families are increasingly turning to loans to pay for healthcare, adding to the country’s growing burden of consumer debt. While public health insurance reaches nearly all of China’s 1.4 …

China Close to Adopting Controversial Cyber Security Rules

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cyber security law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over …

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 …

China’s Ping An Joins Global Blockchain Consortium, Led by Fintech Firm R3

China’s second-biggest insurance company, Ping An Group, has become the first Chinese member of a global consortium led by fintech firm R3 which is working on ways blockchain technology can be used in financial markets, the companies said on Tuesday. Ping An …

China’s Fosun Aims to Lead in Insurance, Tourism, Healthcare; Plans to Cut Debt

Fosun Group, China’s largest private conglomerate, is aiming to become a world leader in insurance, tourism and healthcare but also has a “clear plan” to reduce its debts, chairman and co-founder Guo Guangchang said on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with …

China Seeks Help from UK on Its Plans to Create Financial Super-Regulator

China has asked Britain for advice on plans to create a financial super-regulator, as it looks to improve financial oversight following last year’s stock market crash, sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters. The discussions between representatives from China …

Fosun to Focus Investments in Emerging Markets, Backing Off from U.S., Europe

Guo Guangchang, the Chinese billionaire and self-styled disciple of Warren Buffett, is looking to invest in emerging markets for the first time as his conglomerate backs off from its buying spree in developed nations. “There are fewer and fewer investment …