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Deutsche Bank has no plans to pull out of Asian countries - CEO

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(Reuters) - has no plans to pull out of Asian countries as it restructures its global business, told staff and clients on his first visit to the region in his new role.

After taking the helm at Germany's flagship lender last month, announced plans to cut back its U.S. activities where it has been unable to break the grip of the U.S. powerhouses such as and

The bank's business in Asia, however, remains key to the lender's global success, told a company town hall meeting in on Monday, according to a Hong Kong-based for the

"We can only be relevant to our clients if we continue to be strong in Asia," he also told a client meeting.

Of Deutsche Bank's top 100 clients globally, 88 are doing business with it on matters related to Asia, he added.

After announcing plans to cut back in U.S. investment banking, Sewing vowed to invest in German and in

With respect to Asia, he had said would reduce its commitment to sectors with limited cross-border activity, but on Monday he stressed that the bank will continue its business of helping foreign clients in the region - which is in the bank's roots, given its history of financing German businesses' global expansion.

"Our first steps outside of nearly 150 years ago were in fact in this region, in and We knew then, as we know now, how fundamental is to our global business," Sewing said.

is present in 15 Asian countries including Japan, China, and It employs about 19,000 staff in The bank is planning cuts of more than 100 jobs in its Asian operations, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment on potential job cuts in the region.

By contrast, Deutsche Bank is expected to cut around 1,000 jobs or 10 percent of its workforce in the United States, the largest global market for fees, a different person familiar with the matter said last month.

Deutsche Bank has traditionally been stronger in than in the United States, ranking fifth globally in 2017 in Asia, compared to eighth position in the and second place in Europe, according data from research firm

first reported Sewing's comments.

(Reporting by Andreas Framke; Writing by Arno Schuetze; Editing by and Susan Fenton)

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:36 IST