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China's central bank to include internet finance in MPA - Xinhua

SHANGHAI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - China's central bank plans to include large systemically important internet finance firms in its Macro Prudential Assessment (MPA), the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The MPA risk assessment framework already includes checks of loans, bond investments, equity investments and buy-backs of financial assets sold, and deposits at non-financial institutions.

China will explore different methods of covering internet finance firm risk, Xinhua reported the People's Bank of China (PBOC) as saying in a Friday report.

The PBOC will improve its supervision and strengthen regulation over internet firms, allow industry and local associations to play a bigger role and promote new technology, Xinhua said.

Development of internet finance has made finance more accessible, improved financial service efficiency, given Chinese more investment options, and helped some small businesses get badly needed loans, the agency added.

Internet finance covers not just P2P lending, but also third-party online payments, crowd funding and other financial services, which has led to growing risks, Xinhua said. (Reporting by Engen Tham; Editing by Stephen Powell)