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PBOC calls upon fintech firms to help fund system to monitor online transactions

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China’s central bank has urged financial technology (fintech) companies to help pay for a government-controlled monitoring system to watch over financial transactions on the internet.

Sun Guofeng, director general of the People’s Bank of China’s research institute, said the fast-growing fintech businesses have ratcheted up pressure on authorities to invest heavily in regulatory technology, or regtech, but he pointed out that it would be unfair to cover the costs by using taxpayers’ money.

“The question is whether it is fair to simply use taxpayers’ money to cover the costs arising from heightened regulation on fintech businesses,” he said on Saturday at the LendIt conference in Shanghai.

“Wouldn’t it be necessary for the fintech firms to share part of the costs arising from regtech?”

His remarks came after Beijing said it was determined to strengthen regulation on the fast-expanding fintech businesses to ward off financial risks.

At the weekend, President Xi Jinping announced plans to create a centralised super regulator focused on financial stability as a patch for the country’s fragmented regulatory structure.

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