In the statement, FTSE also reiterated that China’s A-shares, the stocks that trade on mainland exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen, are not part of the index provider’s global benchmarks.

Following the debut of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect last month, FTSE said in a note that “despite the widespread euphoria surrounding the program, a number of restrictions remain present which should continue to preclude China’s A-shares from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS).” [Stock Connect not Enough for A-Shares EM Promotion]

FTSE will provide an interim update on the index status of A-shares in March 2015.

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