Bank of China
Bank of China is one of the big four state-owned commercial banks of the People's Republic of China – the other three are Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China. Bank of China was founded in 1912 to replace the Government Bank of Imperial China, and is the oldest bank in China. From its establishment until 1942, it issued banknotes on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China along with the "Big Four" banks of the period: the Central Bank of China, Farmers Bank of China and Bank of Communications. Although it initially functioned as the Chinese central bank, in 1928 the Central Bank of China replaced it in that role. Subsequently, BOC became a purely commercial bank.
Guard hit with axe as robbers flee
Police are hunting for three robbers who tried to steal two cash boxes containing $2.35 million in Mongkok yesterday but fled empty-handed after chopping a guard in the leg with an axe.
The raiders - one carrying a revolver, one an axe - were forced to leave the cash at the scene after one of the booby-trapped boxes sprayed red dye, police said.
They have appealed for information about the robbers, who may have been stained with the dye.
The attack took place at 11.30am when two Guardforce security officers were returning to their armoured van at the junction of Mongkok Road and Fa Yuen Street. They had collected cash boxes from a nearby Bank of China. The robbers threatened them at gunpoint, demanding the money.
One guard put up a struggle as a robber tried to snatch his shotgun but was chopped in his right leg. The robber also struck the guard's helmeted head with the axe, a witness said.
They fled with cash boxes but abandoned them 50 metres away wehn one began spewing the red chemical.
The injured guard was taken to Mongkok's Kwong Wah Hospital, where he was stable last night.
Last month, two robbers fired shots as they fled after a failed attempt to snatch a cash box containing more than $1 million outside a Hong Kong Jockey Club betting centre in Ma On Shan.