Fed Allows Chinese Banks To Expand In U.S.

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The Federal Reserve has announced three of China's largest state-owned banks have been given approval to expand their operations in the U.S. Analysts say that ICBC, China investment Corp., and Central Huijin Investment will likely look to purchase regional U.S. banks and establish a footprint in the American market.

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INSKEEP: The Federal Reserve announced yesterday, that three of China's largest state-owned banks have been given approval to expand their operations in the United States. Analysts say that ICBC, China Investment Corporation, and Central Huijin Investment will now likely look to purchase regional American banks and establish a footprint in the American market. The Feds move follows Beijing's decision last week to allow American companies to increase their stakes in Chinese brokerage firms.

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