Room for one more? People walk outside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building in Shanghai. Photo: AFP / Hector Retamal

China will set up a new stock exchange in the capital. Beijing, President Xi Jinping said Thursday, as the country tries to lure domestic companies into listing at home instead of overseas.

The nation currently has two main exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Xi said in a speech at a trade fair that the new stock exchange would support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, but did not offer further details.

By establishing the Beijing Stock Exchange, he said, “we will continue to support the innovative development of small and medium-sized enterprises.”

The announcement comes as authorities tighten rules in several key sectors in China, from entertainment to tech. 

On Thursday Beijing banned TV talent contests and earlier this week introduced harsh restrictions on the time children are allowed to play video games.

China has launched a tech crackdown that has hit large firms including e-commerce behemoth Alibaba and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

The exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen are each subject to a 10 percent band to contain volatility.

However, in 2019 the Shanghai Stock Exchange launched a more flexible Nasdaq-style STAR board focused on science and technology listings.