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China Cuts Foreign Investment Restrictions

The number of sectors where foreign investment is restricted has been reduced from 48 to 40 on a national basis and from 45 to 37 in the case of businesses operating within one of the mainland’s Pilot Free Trade Zones.

The changes were outlined in the 2019 updates to the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access (Negative List) and the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access in the Pilot Free Trade Zones (Negative List), as jointly-issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce on 30 June this year.

In addition, the two updated publications also specified the following:

  • Further opening up in the services sector
  • Market access to be eased in the agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors
  • The Pilot Free Trade Zones continuing to be used as test grounds for future opening up initiatives

Source: National Development and Reform Commission

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