China to play role in General Motors IPO

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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, the Chinese national flag stands near a branch office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China at the Shanghai Stock Exchange in Shanghai, China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, the Chinese national flag stands near a branch office of the …

Among the banks helping General Motors with its initial public stock offering next week are two identified by initials only: ICBC and CICC.

Americans uncomfortable with U.S. government ownership of General Motors may want to hear more: One of those banks is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, one of China's four big central government banks. The other, China International Capital Corp., is a joint venture run primarily by Central Huijin Investment Ltd., an arm of the state, and Morgan Stanley.

This is the first time Chinese government banks have participated in a major U.S.-issued IPO, according to IPO tracking firm Dealogic. The banks are listed as co-managers in the offering, meaning they will sell a portion of the new shares.

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