03 Jan 2007

CITIC Prudential awarded life insurance licence for Tianjin Direct Administration Zone in north eastern China

Prudential plc announced today that its China joint venture, CITIC Prudential, has been awarded a life insurance licence for Tianjin municipality, a strategically significant Direct Administration Zone (DAZ) under the jurisdiction of the Central Government.

Tianjin is located 130 km southeast of Beijing and has a population of 10.4 million. It is the largest open seaport and coastal city in north eastern China and was one of the first cities open to foreign investment. It is now a national development priority according to China’s recently published 11th Five-Year Plan. In 2005 Tianjin had a GDP of US$48 billion (RMB 370 billion) and annual income per capita of US$4,647 (RMB 35,783), increases of 15% and 13% over 2004 respectively.

Garth Jones, Prudential’s Managing Director, Insurance, with responsibility for China, said: “We are very excited about this licence as it gives us early entry into Tianjin which the central government has said it plans to develop it into a major economic and financial hub similar to Shenzhen and Pudong, Shanghai over the longer term.”

The Tianjin branch is expected to be operational by Q2 2007.

In the fourth quarter 2006, CITIC Prudential also opened new sales offices in Changzhou, in Jiangsu Province, Yichang in Hubei Province and Qingyuan in Guangdong Province. These, together with the Tianjin licence now mean CITIC Prudential has 18 cities covering five provinces and 3 DAZ, making it the leading European life insurance joint venture in China.

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About CITIC- Prudential

CITIC Prudential, the joint venture between CITIC and Prudential was launched in 2000 and continues to expand its presence in China. It currently has 18 city licences for individual life insurance, a licence permitting it to sell group life insurance nationally in China and a network of over 16,000 agents and staff in China. In addition to life insurance, CITIC Prudential also has a fund management operation based in Shanghai with a national licence to sell retail mutual funds.

City Province Licence granted
Guangzhou Guangdong Q2 2000
Beijing Direct Administration Zone Q1 2003
Suzhou Jiangsu Q1 2004
Shanghai Direct Administration Zone Q4 2004
Foshan Guangdong Q1 2005
Dongguan Guangdong Q1 2005
Wuhan Hubei Q1 2005
Zhongshan Guangdong Q2 2005
Shenzhen Guangdong Q2 2005
Nanjing Jiangsu Q2 2005
Jinan Shandong Q1 2006
Wuxi Jiangsu Q2 2006
Jiangmen Guangdong Q2 2006
Hangzhou Zheijang Q3 2006
Qingyuan Guangdong Q4 2006
Yichang Hubei Q4 2006
Changzhou Jiangsu Q4 2006
Tianjin Direct Administration Zone Q4 2006

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*Prudential plc, a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for over 150 years and has £238 billion in assets under management, as at 30 June 2006. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.

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About CITIC Group (China International Trust and Investment Corporation)

CITIC was established on October 4 1979 by Rong Yiren. The creation of CITIC was initiated and approved by Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of China's reform.

CITIC is a window on the way China has opened to the outside world. Since its inception, CITIC has always adhered to the principle of innovation. In line with government laws, regulations and policies, CITIC has attracted and utilized foreign capital, introduced advanced technologies, and adopted advanced and scientific international practices in operations and management. CITIC has established successful, strong performing businesses in many fields. As a result, CITIC has made significant contributions to the country's reform and opening up drive and has improved China’s reputation both domestically and abroad.

CITIC has grown into a large multinational conglomerate. It now owns 44 subsidiaries in countries including Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company has also set up representative offices in Tokyo, New York and Frankfurt. CITIC's core business ranges from financial services to service industries.

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