Minsheng's Jing Shuping discusses private sector opportunities

The bank''s independence from government interference provides it with a competitive edge, says the chairman of China''s only private bank.

China Minsheng Banking Corporation's chairman of the board, Jing Shuping, enters the room with a patrician air. Tall and silver haired, his mandarin carries traces of his home town, Shanghai, as does his elegantly tailored suit. His charm and friendliness are pleasantly old-fashioned.

This man is a living legend in Chinese banking circles. He was a prominent entrepreneur in pre-revolutionary Shanghai, where he traded gold, and built up a cigarette and chemicals business. And despite the ups and down he...

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