China takes fresh steps to open $20 trillion bond market to foreigners

took fresh steps on Friday to facilitate in its $20 trillion bond market, saying it would cut service fees, improve overseas access to foreign exchange hedging, and streamline the process of opening accounts.

will also facilitate cross-border bond subscriptions, and make it easier for foreign passive funds to trade Chinese bonds, the Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS), affiliated to China’s central bank, said in a statement.

Overseas investors reduced holdings of Chinese bonds for a fourth consecutive month in May, as diverging monetary policies kept Chinese yields pinned below their US counterparts.

The move is aimed at “promoting further opening of China’s bond market, and deepen capital market reforms”, said the CFETS, which operates the platform for China’s interbank and forex trading.

To reduce foreign investors’ trading cost, service fees under the Bond Connect scheme, a major cross-border channel for bond investors, will be slashed by 25 per cent starting July 11, according to the CFETS.

And on Monday, the CFETS will roll out a service for cross-border bond subscriptions, making it easier for overseas investors to participate in the primary market of Chinese bonds.

CFETS will make it easier for foreign investors to conduct forex hedging business in China, and will further extend trading hours in the onshore forex market. China will also improve a mechanism for trading based on closing prices to better meet the needs of foreign passive bond investors.

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