Following the successful completion last December of two government- supported securitization schemes from China Construction Bank and China Development Bank (ASR, 1/9/06), barely a week goes by without another Chinese entity being linked to a deal.

Most of the speculation surrounds the country's 13 second-tier banks, otherwise known as shareholder banks. Minsheng Banking Corp. and Pudong Development Bank have been connected to residential mortgage-backed offerings, while Bank of Shanghai and Merchants Bank have been touted as potential issuers.

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