FILE PHOTO: The headquarters building of Anbang Insurance Group is pictured in Beijing, China, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo
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China’s insurance regulator said on Friday it will take control of Chinese conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group and that the company’s chairman will be prosecuted for alleged economic crimes.

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission said it will take control of the insurance group - which gained international prominence with its $2bn purchase of New York’s Waldorf Astoria and a $6.5bn hotel portfolio purchased from Blackstone Group - for a year from February 23, according to a notice issued on its website on Friday.

CIRC said Anbang had illegal business operations that may seriously endanger the company’s solvency and that the takeover would not change the company’s external liabilities. 

The regulator said Anbang’s chairman, Wu Xiaohui, had been removed from his role. Mr Wu was detained in June and the company’s life insurance unit was banned in May from selling new products for three months. 

Additional reporting by Archie Zhang

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