China's Merging Stock Markets

China is facing daunting changes. It is set to join the World Trade Organization, is seeking to develop a new trade pact with the European Union, and must deal with pressing internal economic changes.

China's internal economic changes necessitate the need to consolidate the financial system. A step in that direction would be the merger of the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

As China faces globalization it must strengthen and streamline its securities markets. Consequently, authorities are discussing a plan under which stocks listed on the Shenzhen bourse will shift their listings to Shanghai. There is also a proposal for a second board for start-up companies to be opened in Shanghai. This idea...

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