Financial institutions criticized for raising financing cost of small businesses


BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Several Chinese banking, insurance and credit institutions have been criticized for charging excessive fees on loans to small and micro businesses, in violation of regulations aimed at lowering financing cost for the firms.

Targeted inspections by the General Office of the State Council and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) found that some branches of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Minsheng Bank had charged fees that should have been abolished for loan issuance to small and micro businesses.

An inclusive financing company under Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd. and Industrial Bank Co., Ltd. bundled insurance sales when extending loans to businesses to charge high service fees, according to a statement by the regulator.

The CBIRC urged financial institutions to enhance support for businesses to help firms get over difficulties, and not to attach unreasonable conditions.

The regulator vowed to act against practices that flout regulations.

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