The regulations, approved at the sixth session of the 12th Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress, are the first of their kind in China, a Chinese state-run news agency reported.

According to the regulations, private loans involving more than three million yuan (about USD 0.5 million) or more than 30 lenders should be recorded by local financial management authorities or private lending registration service centers. Further details of the regulations have not yet been published.

The state council, China's cabinet, approved the establishment of a pilot financial reform zone in Wenzhou in March last year to regulate private finance after a crisis in the city in 2011.

In Wenzhou, a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) used to resort to underground financing as state-owned banks failed to meet their needs.

However, with the monthly interest rates as high as five percent some companies were unable to return the loans and went bankrupt. Other companies were affected as many of them were loan guarantors for each other.

(Agencies)

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