• Tang Jun, who founded, was sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined 51.5 million yuan for illegal fundraising
  • The court decision came three years after Tang was arrested on charges of designing fake investment products and disturbing the financial order

Economic uncertainties and diminishing GDP growth also prompt high-level warnings on financial risks, while Beijing is considering various tools and channels to help struggling private businesses.


The detention of the executive is part of a broader crackdown by Chinese regulators on the peer-to-peer lending industry, where regulators had whittled more than 6,000 operators to fewer than three dozens.


New fintech rules on online micro lending could force China’s internet giants to rethink their business practices on co-lending, analysts said.


Scores of Chinese citizens suffered losses due to the collapse of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending schemes, with around 800 billion yuan (US$119 billion) still owed.


The Chinese search giant says its cloud service employs peer-to-peer delivery to speed up downloads

Policymakers now have added impetus to clean up the bad debt of China’s P2P sector, as the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus threatens to further depress economic growth.

The internet-based lending industry faces ‘further industry contraction’ amid increased regulatory and capital requirements in 2020, analysts say.


The collapse of China’s peer-to-peer platforms, once touted as a model to reshape the nation’s financial landscape, has left millions of victims in financial ruin and despair. A 71-year-old retiree tells her story.

Hebei becomes the second province to shut down peer-to-peer lenders after Hunan, underlining the latest effort by regulators to clean up the industry rife with fraud and mismanagement.

China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending firms have been rocked by pyramid-scheme scandals and absent bosses, sparking public anger as well as a government crackdown.


China has taken steps to crack down on shadow banking and peer-to-peer lending in recent years, but lingering structural issues continue to concern foreign investors.

Blockchain, the technology that underlies bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, was endorsed by President Xi Jinping last week, leading to an increase in interest.

The development indicates China’s determination to overhaul an industry that had more than US$150 billion of loans outstanding and upwards of 50 million investors at its peak, but was plagued by fraud and defaults.

Chinese fintech firm 51 Credit Card is being investigated by police for employing external debt collectors who pretended as government officials to threaten and harass borrowers for repayment, according to a police statement.

Hunan’s move is likely to spur other provinces to rein in the wayward financial sector that has seen more than 5,970 platforms default or shut down as of September.

Ping An Insurance-backed Lufax, one of China’s largest financial technology companies, said on Thursday it was scaling down its peer-to-peer lending business, but denied reports it was exiting the sector altogether.

Chaoyang district posts notice on social media account banning staff from peer-to-peer lending platforms from leaving China’s capital city without approval.