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China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push

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China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalise on China's rapidly growing fintech sector.

[BEIJING] China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalise on China's rapidly growing fintech sector.

AiBank is one among several tie-ups between an internet firm and a lender in China's booming online finance market where technology gurus like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd have already set up their own finance arms to offer a range of financial products including payment, wealth management and micro loans.

A direct bank offers services over the internet instead of through physical branches.

AiBank will focus on lending to individuals and small businesses while leveraging big data and artificial intelligence to build new risk control models, Li Rudong, president of the new bank said at a launch event in Beijing.

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Mr Li said 60 per cent of the new bank's employees will be technology staff.

"AiBank is the future of intelligent finance...It is an institution that understands customers best and understands finance best," said Baidu chief operating officer Lu Qi.

Mid-tier lender Citic Bank owns 70 per cent of the joint venture, while Baidu controls the remaining 30 per cent. The direct bank has a registered capital of 2 billion yuan.

China's banking regulator approved the establishment of AiBank earlier this year.

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