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For Immediate Release

October 22, 2007

Manulife wins “Top Company for Leaders” Greater China accolade

Beijing– Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (MSL), a subsidiary of Canada-based Manulife Financial today announces that its foreign parent company – Manulife (International) Limited, Hong Kong has been ranked #4 in the 'Top Companies for Leaders' in the Greater China region survey, carried out by FORTUNE magazine and Hewitt Associates. It was also the only insurance company to have been so recognized in this category of the prestigious list which is published in the magazine’s October 1, 2007 issue.

Mr Marc Sterling, President of Manulife-Sinochem said: “This is wonderful recognition of Manulife's rich leadership culture and industry-defining policies and practices. It comes at a perfect time as we are progressing rapidly in our journey to become an 'Employer of Choice'. Receiving this accolade is great encouragement to all of us and underscores all our efforts.”

Some 564 entities from 41 countries took part in the “Top Companies for Leaders” study, which ranked these companies’ leadership performance both regionally and globally. Manulife came fourth in the Greater China region, following an exhaustive screening that included many variables, such as the survey and interview data, company reputation, leadership culture and values, and a proven track record. The study surveyed human resources executives and CEOs around the world.

After years of operating with integrity and excellence in China, Manulife-Sinochem has achieved outstanding growth and becoming a recognized leader in the life insurance industry in China. In addition, the company is continuing to build up its brand with its sponsorship of the forthcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

About Manulife-Sinochem
Manulife-Sinochem is a joint venture company between Manulife (International) Limited (51 per cent) and China Foreign Economic and Trade Trust & Investment Company, a member of the Sinochem group (49 per cent).

About Sinochem
China Foreign Economic and Trade Trust & Investment Company (FOTIC) is a core enterprise of Sinochem. Sinochem, founded in 1950, is one of the biggest foreign trading companies in China. Since 1989, Sinochem has topped the list of the country’s 500 leading foreign trading companies and has also been recognized as a Fortune 500 company for 17 consecutive years.

Sinochem can be found on the Internet at www.sinochem.com.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$410 billion (US$386 billion) as at June 30, 2007.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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