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Not to be confused with CIT Group or Citigroup.
State-owned enterprise
Industry Investment company
Founded 1979
Founder Rong Yiren
Headquarters Beijing, People's Republic of China
Area served
People's Republic of China
Key people
Chang Zhenming (Chairman)
Products Financial Services, Banking
Owner Central People's Government
Divisions 44 subsidiaries

The CITIC Group (Chinese: 中国中信集团公司, Zhōngguó Zhōngxìn Jítuán Gōngsī), formerly the China International Trust and Investment Corporation, is a state-owned investment company of the People's Republic of China, established by Rong Yiren in 1979 with the approval of Deng Xiaoping. Its headquarters are in Chaoyang District, Beijing.[1]

In 2015, the Japanese general trading company Itochu and its Thai cross-shareholding affiliate Charoen Pokphand announced an investment of over $8 billion in CITIC group companies, the largest investment ever made by a Japanese general trading company.[2] The transaction is also the largest acquisition in China by a Japanese company, and the largest investment by foreigners in a Chinese state-owned enterprise.[3]


Its initial aim was to "attract and utilize foreign capital, introduce advanced technologies, and adopt advanced and scientific international practice in operation and management."[4] It now owns 44 subsidiaries including China CITIC Bank, CITIC Holdings, CITIC Trust Co. and CITIC Merchant Co., Ltd (mainly banks) in China, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

CITIC Group is considering a $12 billion listing in Hong Kong.[5]


The founder of CITIC, Rong Yiren, is one of the richest businessmen in China in the 1980s. He was also one of the earliest capitalists who stayed in mainland China. .

CITIC Group is 中国中信集团公司 in Chinese, while CITIC Pacific is 中信泰富 in Chinese. CITIC Pacific is a subsidiary of CITIC.

It was reported on September 17, 2008, that CITIC was in talks to acquire Morgan Stanley. Instead Morgan sold a substantial portion of their company to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in addition to applying for $10 billion from the Treasury Department as part of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Its subsidiary, CITIC Pacific, made unauthorized bets on the foreign currency market in October 2008 and lost HK$14.7 billion (US$1.9 billion, when accounted for in mark-to-market terms). Senior executives such as Financial Controller Chi Yin Chau and Group Finance Director Leslie Chang resigned.[6][7][8] Its stock price plunged 55.1 percent upon the resumption of trade.[9]

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  1. ^ "Citic Group Contac". 
  2. ^ "Itochu, CP to jointly invest 1 trillion yen in China's Citic Group". Nikkei. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Fukase, Atsuko (20 January 2015). "Thaw in Japan-China Business Ties? Itochu’s Citic Deal Towers Above Others". Wall Street Journal Japan Real Time. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Citic Limited". 
  5. ^ "CITIC Group eyes $12 billion HK IPO next year: report". Reuters. 2010-07-23. 
  6. ^ Keith Bradsher (2008-10-20). "Citic Pacific could lose $2 billion from foreign exchange trading". New York Times. 
  7. ^ Alison Leung, Ruth Wong (2008-10-20). "CITIC Pacific warns potential $2 billion forex losses". Reuters. 
  8. ^ Katherine Ng (2008-10-21). "Heads roll as $15.5b losses loom". The Standard. 
  9. ^ [Archived June 4, 2011 at the Wayback Machine "中信泰富暴挫55.1%"]. 2008-10-21. 

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