China didn't trigger global stocks rout

Updated: 2007-03-05 14:41

China's stock market is too small and has too little foreign participation to be blamed for triggering last week's rout in global share prices, the country's securities regulator said on Monday.

Shang Fulin, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. [file] 
"China's stock market right now is relatively small and not very globalize. So it's not possible for it to have such an impact," Shang Fulin, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), told reporters.

A plunge of 8.84 percent last Tuesday in the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index, the biggest drop in a decade, served as a wake-up call to global investors that they had been underpricing risk assets around the world.

Weak U.S. durable goods orders and worries about defaults on poor-quality mortgages later drove U.S. share prices sharply lower. Global markets have been struggling to stabilize ever since.

But Shang said each market behaved according to its own characteristics.

"Markets in different countries are mainly influenced by their own domestic conditions and will influence each other according to the globalization of their market," he said on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's parliament.

Shang said the question of whether the CSRC would assume oversight of China's corporate bond market was under active consideration.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top planning agency, is currently responsible for approving new issues.

Critics complain that the NDRC's conservative issuance criteria have stunted volumes at a time when developing the capital markets should be a priority for a country where banks provide some 80 percent of companies' external funding.

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