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China widens access to offshore bonds for domestic investors

Southbound Connect program makes Hong Kong-traded debt available Sept. 24

The Sept. 24 launch of the southbound Bond Connect will entrench Hong Kong's role as China's financial gateway.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese investors will have a new channel to trade in offshore debt starting next week, in the latest move to open the financial system of the world's second-largest economy.

The so-called southbound Bond Connect program debuts Sept. 24, letting mainland investors buy and sell notes tradable in Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). The long-awaited program completes the loop with a similar Hong Kong-mainland link that opened in 2017 and gave global investors access to China's $17.5 trillion bond market.

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