China Life said to plan insurance fund this summer

Behind the machinations lies a bid by ChinaÆs insurance regulator to influence the capital markets.

Fund managers in Shanghai say The Peoples Insurance Company of China, also known as China Life, is pushing to enter the asset management field and launch a so-called insurance fund before the end of summer.

It is said to be trying to pip the launch of Chinas first open-ended mutual fund, being prepared by Shanghai-based Huaan Fund Management and its offshore partner, JF Asset Management.

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