Bank of China was established in February 1912 under the approval of Sun Yat-sen.
From 1912 to 1949, functioning as the central bank, the foreign exchange bank and the specialized foreign trade bank successively, it maintained stable development in line with the mission of serving the people and rejuvenating the national financial industry.
After the founding of the republic, Bank of China became a specialized foreign exchange and international trade bank, making significant contributions to the development of China's foreign economy and trade as well as domestic economy.
In 1994, it turned into a wholly state-owned commercial bank. The demutualization process of Bank of China started in 2003. In August 2004, Bank of China Limited was established and then listed on Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and Shanghai Stock Exchange in June and July 2006 respectively, becoming the first Chinese commercial bank listed in both the mainland and Hong Kong.
As the most internationalized and diversified bank in China, Bank of China provides full range of financial services in China's mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and other 31 countries. It mainly operates the commercial banking business including corporate banking, personal banking and financial market business. It also conducts investment banking business via Bank of China International Holdings Limited, its wholly-owned subsidiary, as well as the insurance services via another wholly-owned subsidiary Bank of China Group Insurance Company Limited and its subordinate and associate companies. Bank of China is also engaged in fund management services via Bank of China Investment Management Co., Ltd., direct investment and investment management via Bank of China Group Investment Limited, its wholly-owned subsidiary, and aircraft leasing via BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. Bank of China ranked the eleventh in terms of core capital among the "World Top 1000 Banks" in the British magazine The Banker in 2009.
Over the past century, Bank of China has won wide recognition from the industry with its brand image of pursuit to excellence, sound management, focus on customers and meticulous working manner. With the new historic opportunities, Bank of China will keep forward towards the strategic goal of a first-class international bank in a sustainable way.