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China studying expansion of commercial banks' capital-raising tools

China plans to encourage the country's commercial banks to replenish capital via various channels, including promoting the issuance of perpetual debt by lenders as soon as possible.

The Financial Stability and Development Committee, an agency under the country's State Council, convened a meeting on Dec. 25 to study the matter, according to a notice posted by the People's Bank of China on Dec. 26.

In March, China's financial regulators proposed an expansion of the capital-raising tools available to commercial banks in the country, including perpetual debt, convertible bonds and loss-absorbing debt instruments. The regulators also proposed to improve the process for approval and issuance of capital instruments.

The formation of the Financial Stability and Development Committee was announced in July 2017 to coordinate the supervision of China's financial stability and development.