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China Life Insurance Invests $300 Million in Visa IPO

China Life Insurance, the country's biggest life insurer, said on Monday that it had invested $300 million in Visa initial public offering in its maiden overseas investment.

A day after Visa's record $17.9 billion IPO last Tuesday, Ping An Insurance, China's No.2 life insurer, paid 2.15 billion euros ($3.4 billion) for half of the investment arm of Belgian-Dutch financial group Fortis.

Chinese financial institutions are actively exploring overseas markets in search of new profit streams.

China Life Chairman Yang Chao has said that he was interested in taking a stake in China Development Bank and Agricultural Bank of China as well as in buying into foreign banks.

At Visa's closing share price last Thursday of $64.35, China Life noted that it was enjoying paper gains of about 50 percent from the credit card company's IPO price of $44.

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