BEIJING (Reuters) – China has approved a wealth management joint venture between U.S. asset manager BlackRock Inc <BLK.N>, Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd and China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) <0939.HK>, as China gradually opens up its financial sector to international firms.

The announcement, which confirms what people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters in December, was announced on the website of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) on Saturday.

The article gave no further details about the venture or what services it would be offering.

The deal comes as China’s government looks to open up its financial market to foreign firms, offering potentially rich rewards for international fund managers and others in the broader financial sector.

Top global financial players have long sought to increase their presence in the relatively fast-growing Chinese economy, and in October last year China scrapped some restrictions on foreign

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