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HAMILTON, BERMUDA – November 18, 2009 – XL Capital Ltd (“XL” or the “Company”) (NYSE: XL) today announced that it has received approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to start preparation work to set up a P&C (non-life) company in China.In line with CIRC’s license approval process and under the leadership of Andrew Vigar, Regional Manager Asia for XL’s Insurance Operations, XL now has a year to prepare to establish its operations in China. After this period and upon receipt of all regulatory approvals and granting of the license, XL plans to establish an insurance subsidiary dedicated to serving both local international corporations, as well as its Global Program clients with operations in China.Mike McGavick, XL’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “China’s importance to any global company is obvious, and we could not be more proud to have received this critical approval. We are committed to work closely with CIRC to ensure we fulfill all regulatory requirements to attain the operating license in due course.”Dave Duclos, XL’s Chief Executive of Insurance Operations, said: “The increasing number of local companies with international activities, and the importance of this market to our Global Program clients with activities there make it critical for us to be present in China. We look forward to the chance of bringing our global underwriting expertise and service capabilities to bear in this important market in the future.”XL has had a representative office in Beijing since 2005 which is dedicated to deepening the Company’s understanding of the market.XL Capital Ltd, through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of global insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. More information about XL Capital Ltd is available at