China Postal Savings Bank (CPSB) opened
a provincial-level branch in eastern Zhejiang province on Wednesday,
bringing the number of provinces in which it can conduct a full range of
financial services to 20.
With 1,500 post office outlets already established in Zhejiang,
CPSB, now China’s fifth largest commercial bank in terms of deposits
following its inauguration nine months ago, will be able to provide
credit card business, loans and financial management services in both
urban and rural areas, according to a branch spokesman.
Post offices in China began to offer postal savings services in1986
but until now were not authorized to provide lending or credit card
There are 36,000 post office outlets nationwide, almost 60 percent
of them in rural areas, and 270 million account holders.
CPSB has been officially approved to establish branches at all
levels around the country, including 34 provincial-level branches and
over 20,000 sub-branches, the China Banking Regulatory Commission said.
The bank’s governor Tao Liming previously said it aimed to open all
its provincial-level branches by the end of this month.
By the end of October, CPSB had registered 1.7 trillion yuan (about
233 billion U.S. dollars) in deposits.
CPSB was inaugurated last March representing a substantial step
forward in China’s financial reform and is expected to improve financial
services in the country’s rural areas.