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China launches Nasdaq-style tech board

By Zhou Lanxu in Beijing and Shi Jing in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-06-13 10:25
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China officially launches the STAR Market at the Shanghai Stock Exchange on June 13, 2019. From left to right: Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Yi Huiman, Vice-Premier Liu He, Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang, and Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong attend the launch ceremony. [Photo by Zhang Hengwei/China News Service]

China officially launched the highly anticipated STAR Market, or its Nasdaq-style tech board, at the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Thursday, a milestone in the country's capital market development.

Yi Huiman, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the top securities regulator, presided over the launch ceremony at the ongoing Lujiazui Forum, which opened in Shanghai on the same day.

The STAR Market, dubbed the science and technology innovation board informally, is the first submarket of China's capital market to adopt the registration-based initial public offerings mechanism, a core system of market-oriented reforms.

The country will firmly promote reforms of the STAR Market onto other submarkets, and develop the capital market into one with more standardized rules, transparency, openness and vitality, Yi said at the ceremony.

President Xi Jinping announced in early November that China would launch the new submarket and pilot the registration system.

As of Thursday, six companies have got approvals from the SSE to go public on the new submarket and are awaiting the final green light from the CSRC. Analysts expect trading of the new submarket to commence in late June or early July.

Huang Hongyuan, president of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, predicted that the first batch of listed firms may start trading on the new board within two months.

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