: China’s central bank chief struggles to answer question on Ant Financial IPO
Yi Gang, the veteran central bank chief of the People’s Bank of China, is no stranger to difficult questions. But when asked by Roula Khalaf, the editor of the Financial Times, whether a fellow Chinese regulator made a mistake by initially approving the Ant Financial initial public offering, he was at a loss for words.
Forward to the 37:45 minute mark of this World Economic Forum event to see Yi’s stammering response before allowing that it was a “complicated issue.” Yi, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and taught at Indiana University, said consumers so far have been unaffected by the IPO delay. The company has to address monopoly and privacy issues, but Yi said after the “problems are solved it will go back to the track to continue consideration according to law.”
Pressed on whether that means an IPO, Yi said if the company follows the legal structure, “you will have the result.”
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