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Growing China presence is key challenge says Prudential chief

Family_insuranceGrowing what is already a sizeable footprint in China is a key challenge, Prudential’s chief executive has said. Britain’s largest insurer has licences in around 70% of the economic footprint with China, said Mike Wells, the group’s chief executive. While China published draft rules in May that would allow foreign firms to hold controlling stakes in insurance companies, there is little evidence of any overseas company that plans to apply to do so. “Beijing is saying they have a plan for greater opening,” Wells told CNBC at the Singapore FinTech Festival. I think like everything in China the time frame is misaligned with U.S. time frames," he added. "You're not going to succeed across Asia if you're not successful in China."  While China’s opening is being widely lauded, investors are still cautious in the face of numerous short-term challenges. These include the trade war with the US, plummeting stock prices and growing defaults. ©2018 funds global asia

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