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The Nikkei View

World's financial institutions must weigh risk of expanding in China

Fickle regulations and property bubble among many dangers

Many financial institutions from developed countries see promise in asset management and investment banking in China.   © Reuters

Financial institutions from across the globe are competing to expand in mainland China, eager to tap a massive economy that they regard as essential to their growth. Their zeal contrasts sharply with manufacturing and IT companies, which have begun rethinking their businesses in the world's No. 2 economy amid concerns about information security and other issues.

However, with China's political and economic future becoming increasingly uncertain, banks, securities companies and asset management businesses should carefully weigh the risks to avoid planting the seeds of future losses in their rush to grow.

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