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China defends clampdown on tech firms in a meeting with Wall St executives: Report

China defends clampdown on tech firms in a meeting with Wall St executives: Report

People walk along Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area in Shanghai, China on May 10, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

China's top securities regulator defended their crackdown on various industries in a private meeting with Wall Street executives, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday (Sep 18).

Investors' concerns over the regulatory crackdown has led to sharp sell-offs on China's share markets, reducing the market capitalisation of some of its largest companies including Alibaba Group.

China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) vice-chairman Fang Xinghai explained during the meeting that recent actions were taken to strengthen regulations for companies with consumer-facing platforms, and improve data privacy and national security, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The three-hour meeting of the China-US Financial Roundtable on Thursday included the head of the People's Bank of China, and executives from Goldman Sachs, Citadel and other Wall Street powerhouses, Bloomberg reported.

The CSRC could not be immediately reached for a comment.

Goldman Sachs declined to comment while Citadel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Global investors have been spooked in recent months by a flurry of Chinese regulations targeting sectors ranging from technology, gaming and private tutoring.

Fang said the regulator's actions in the education and gaming sectors were aimed at reducing anxiety in society, according to the report.

Source: Reuters/gr/zl

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