China cracks US$64bil underground bank moving cash abroad


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  • Saturday, 21 Nov 2015

Central bank’s orders: The People’s Bank of China has given verbal guidance to onshore lenders to stop offering crossborder financing to offshore banks, according to people familiar with the matter. – Reuters

CHINA said it cracked the nation’s biggest “underground bank,” which handled 410 billion yuan (US$64bil) of illegal foreign-exchange transactions, as the authorities try to combat corruption and rein in capital outflows that have hit records this year.

More than 370 people have been arrested or face lawsuits or other punishment in the case centered in eastern Zhejiang province, the official People’s Daily reported yesterday, citing police officials. The case brought the total for underground banking and money-laundering activities to 800 billion yuan since April, the newspaper said.

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