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Wu Wei: Breaking from convention

As part of Euromoney's 50th anniversary coverage, we profile some of the biggest names that we interviewed for our May Asia focus.

Bank of Communications (BoComm) has a long and distinct history in China. Founded in 1908, it was one of the four note-issuing banks in China. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, it played a key role in financial reform and was restructured in 1986/87 to help revitalize Shanghai and build it into a financial centre.

“We were the first one to break from the conventional Chinese banking system and to build a real commercial banking system,” says executive vice-president and chief financial officer Wu Wei. The sale of a 19.9%