China’s securities regulator head says stabilizing market is top priority

SHANGHAI : China’s securities regulator chief said they will make stable capital market operations a top priority amid deepening concerns about the economic outlook and fluctuations in stocks.

The world’s second-largest economy interrupted in the second quarter, due to widespread COVID-19 lockdowns and a slumping property sector.

The benchmark CSI 300 Index dropped for four straight weeks last month, while foreign investors sold 21 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) in Chinese stocks via the stock connect scheme, snapping three consecutive months of inflows.

“It is a rule that the stock market has ups and downs, and the government should not intervene in normal fluctuations,” wrote Yi Huiman, chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) in Qiushi, an official journal of the Chinese Communist Party, published on Monday.

“However, non-intervention is not laissez-faire – we must always adhere to the bottom-line mentality and resolutely prevent ‘market failure’ from causing abnormal fluctuations.”

Yi said capital markets were a “barometer” of a country’s economy, reflecting important expectations and confidence, which made maintain their stable and healthy development.

He added the regulator would strengthen coordination with macroeconomic management departments and industry authorities to maintain consistent policy expectations and resolve property developers’ risks.

He also said China has met conditions to fully implement a registration-based IPO system and that the regulator would ensure the smooth implementation of this reform.

The CSRC will accelerate the implementation of rules for offshore listings and support the offshore listing of various types of enterprises, Yi added.

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