TAIPEI, March 19 Taiwan's financial regulator
has approved Fubon Financial Holding Co Ltd's
acquisition of a Chinese bank, the first time it has given the
green light for such a move.
Fubon's purchase of an 80 percent stake in China's Firstsino
Bank, has been permitted, the Financial Supervisory Commission
(FSC) told reporters on Tuesday.
Fubon, parent of Taiwan's No.2 life insurer, said in
December it would pay 6.45 billion yuan ($1.03 billion) for the
stake, the first such deal between banks from opposite sides of
the Taiwan Strait.
The acquisition would be another sign that banking links
between China and Taiwan are strengthening. Taiwan's financial
companies are keen to tap the huge mainland market as trade ties
between the former political foes boom, helping them move beyond
a saturated domestic market.
(Reporting by Faith Hung; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)