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Reuters  Aug 29  Comment 
Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank), the country's third-largest lender, expects its asset quality to stabilize in the second half, but said it had increased provisions as trade tensions threaten the global economy.
Reuters  Aug 29  Comment 
The Agricultural Bank of China needs to make provisions to prepare for trade friction and zombie firm failures, the president of the lender said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
Reuters  Aug 28  Comment 
Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) and Bank of China Ltd (BoC), the country's third- and fourth-largest lenders, reported higher profits for the first half of the year as margins improved and bad loan ratios held steady.
The Hindu Business Line  Jul 4  Comment 
The RBI has issued licence to Bank of China to launch operations in India, official sources said today.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commit
MarketWatch  Jul 3  Comment 
People's Bank of China officials offered informal intervention on behalf of the flagging yuan in separate comments Tuesday. The two officials commented as the yuan traded at its lowest levels in 11 months amid China-U.S. trade friction. PBoC...
Euromoney  Jul 3  Comment 
Bank of China International has established itself as the leading investment bank of China’s big four, but what will it take to make BOCI a real challenger to the international firms that it wants to compete with?
Financial Times  Jun 25  Comment 
Markets may not respond to policy measures in the way policymakers hope
Channel News Asia  Apr 9  Comment 
SINGAPORE: Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will begin offering peer-to-peer funds transfer service PayNow in Singapore from Monday (Apr 9). The two banks will join seven others - Citibank Singapore, DBS/POSB, HSBC,...




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Bank of China Limited (BOC) (SSE:601988, SEHK:3988) is one of the "Big Four" state-owned commercial banks (SOCBs) in China. Though heavily state-owned, the Bank of China should not be confused with the People's Bank of China, the country's central bank.

BOC is China's most international and diversified bank, offering financial services to clients in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, and 29 other countries. Through numerous subsidiaries, Bank of China offers a full range of financial services including commercial and investment banking, insurance, fund management and investment management.

While competitors were left reeling from the financial crisis of 2008, BOC was relatively unaffected, with operating profits falling only 3.3% in 2008 from a year earlier.[1] Operating profits rebounded sharply in 2009, up 27.94% as Bank of China's performance was buoyed by booming economic growth in the PRC (8.7%) and fiscal stimulus from Beijing.[2] Encouraged by the central government to inject capital into the economy, lending across the banking industry in China measured RMB9.6 trillion in 2009, up from RMB4.9 trillion in 2008.[3] Officially in 2009, the Nonperforming Loans (NPLs) of domestic commercial banks totalled RMB497.33 billion, a decrease of RMB62.98 billion compared with the prior year-end figure.[4] The official NPL ratio was 1.58%, down by 0.84 percentage point compared with the prior year-end.[5] Allowances for loan impairment losses to NPLs reached 155.02%, a significant increase of 38.57 percentage points from the prior year's end.[6] In 2010, the central government reversed course, establishing a ceiling on bank lending of RMB7.5 trillion.[7] Compounding the fears of an overheating economy is evidence that the official govenrment statistics understate both the amount of loans and the percentage of loans that are non-performing, suggesting that the Chinese financial system is not as stable as many believe.[8][9]


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  1. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, p.2
  2. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, pp.2,16
  3. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, p.17
  4. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, p.17
  5. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, p.17
  6. Bank of China 2009 Annual Report, p.17
  7. "China Stocks Drop Most in Three Weeks Amid Bank Loan Restriction Concerns." Bloomberg News 09/16/2010
  8. "China Special Report: Informal Securitisation Increasingly Distorting Credit Data," Fitch Ratings July 14, 2010
  9. Barboza, David. "Report Warns of Risks to China’s Bank System." The New York Times. July 14, 2010
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