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Bank card clearing market opened up

Xinhua, October 30, 2014 Adjust font size:

Bank card clearing market opened up

Logos of China UnionPay are seen on bank cards in this file photo illustration taken in Beijing, Dec 5, 2013. [Photo/Agencies] 

China will open the bank-card clearing business to both domestic and foreign investors in an effort to expand the opening up in financial sector and optimize consumption environment.

"All qualified domestic and overseas enterprises can file applications for setting up bank-card clearing institutions in China," according to a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council on Wednesday presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

The statement did not give any specifics on investors' qualification, but said that the country must improve management, prevent risks to safeguard the legitimate interests of card users.

At present, China UnionPay is the only bank-card clearing institution in China.

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