Consultations are continuing on whether or not to include A shares in the MSCI Emerging Market Index, said Rene Veerman, MSCI's managing director and head of client coverage for Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The Greater China chief of Canada's largest insurer, Manulife, is seeking new opportunities on the mainland as the country looks to introduce important reforms in the pension system for a rapidly ageing population.

Hong Kong stocks got off to a poor start in the Year of the Horse as the market crashed to its lowest point in seven months, joining others in a region-wide meltdown over fears Beijing will tighten credit and the United States will further taper its stimulus.

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