PBOC challenged on conflict in supervisory role

CHINA - A fierce debate is raging within the Chinese Government over whether to remove from the central bank its role as supervisor of the banks and set up a new organisation that would do a better job.

Such policy debates are usually conducted in secret but the Caijing magazine has provided a rare inside look at this battle for money and power that is intensifying with the country's World Trade Organisation entry and foreign banks moving into the market.

In the past five years, China's financi