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Regulator tells Chinese firms to improve ESG compliance

China’s securities regulator has ordered Chinese companies looking to list abroad to pay more attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures in the future. Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said that the Sustainability Disclosure Standards, once adopted in many countries, will have a huge impact on Chinese companies if they plan to make overseas listings. Meanwhile, Fang noted that international investors will also need to take relevant disclosures into account when they invest in Chinese firms, adding that a firm's valuation with fewer or no ESG disclosures would be affected.

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