China's top market regulator is reportedly stepping down

Xiao Gang, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, is stepping down from his post, Chinese officials with direct knowledge of the situation told the Wall Street Journal.

Xiao’s departure comes just a month after the
CSRC denied reports he had offered his resignation.

He was the architect behind China’s circuit breaker system that was heavily criticised when the Shanghai Composite suffered heavy losses at the start of 2016.

China’s stock market is down about 45% from its June peak and 19% so far this year.

Liu Shiyu, the current chairman of the Agricultural Bank of China, and a former deputy governor of the Chinese central bank, will replace Xiao, according to the WSJ.

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