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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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China should not seek high growth as financial risk mounts: party official

BEIJING China should focus less on rapid economic growth and more on the quality of its economy, given the dangers from already accumulating financial risks, a senior Chinese Communist Party official warned on Saturday.

22 Mar 2018

China's banks eye capital raising, earnings lift as they shed bad loans

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Chinese banks are set to quicken the pace of bad loan disposals this year, likely raising more capital and taking advantage of relaxed provisioning rules as they look to lift what is expected to be a modest year of earnings growth in 2017.

19 Mar 2018

China forms new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy. | Video

19 Mar 2018

Exclusive - Regulator shopping in vogue as China's shadow banks evade Beijing's grip

SHANGHAI/BEIJING Some of China's biggest shadow banking groups are shopping for regulators in far-flung regions to help pass deals unlikely to be approved by more savvy regulators closer to home, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

14 Mar 2018

Exclusive: China's regulators compete to look tough as political pressure mounts

BEIJING China's financial watchdogs are pushing for harsher rules and stepping up action against miscreants, spurred on by official pressure on them to curb risk in the financial system, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

13 Mar 2018

China to merge regulators, create new ministries in biggest overhaul in years

BEIJING China is merging its banking and insurance regulators, giving new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creating new ministries in the biggest government shake-up in years. | Video

05 Mar 2018

China plans new share issue option to bring tech giants home

HONG KONG China may allow its offshore-listed tech giants to sell a form of shares on the mainland, people with knowledge of the plan said, in a move that would pit Shanghai and Shenzhen against Hong Kong in the battle to host the country's tech giants.

07 Feb 2018

HNA misses early payment on $272 million trust loan under liquidity pressure - sources

BEIJING/SHANGHAI An HNA Group company has failed to make an early payment it had agreed to on a 1.7 billion yuan ($271.9 million) trust product that falls due next week, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said, the latest indication of financial stress at the highly leveraged conglomerate.

01 Feb 2018

Alibaba-backed online lender MYbank owes cost-savings to home-made tech

HANGZHOU, China It has no physical branches or expensive foreign software, and uses cloud technology to cut back on the hardware it needs to serve borrowers.

18 Jan 2018

China tightens rules on insurers to fight local govt. debt risk

BEIJING Chinese authorities have tightened rules on how insurers can provide financing to local governments, as Beijing intensifies its crackdown on illicit local government borrowing and risky lending practices.

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