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The latest analysis of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences shows that the introduction of foreign capital has produced a tremendous influence on Shanghai's development and the livelihood of its citizens. It predicts that Shanghai will witness an upsurge in direct investment from the world's major economic powers from 2002. The rapid development over the past few years has made many believe that Shanghai is a sound port for international capital.
Statistics of the People's Bank of China Shanghai Branch showed that, by the end of 2001, the number of overseas financial institutions in Shanghai had reached 65, of which 54 were foreign banks. The total assets, savings deposits and loan balance of foreign banks in Shanghai account for more than half of the total of foreign banks in China. So far, 8 of the world's top 50 banks have set up branches in Shanghai