China to announce foreign investment restrictions on several sectors

Vastavam web: China will soon announce a further opening of sectors to foreign investment, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday, extending a years-long effort to liberalize capital markets and loosen investment rules in the world’s second-biggest economy. Under a new version of the government’s “negative list”, foreign investment restrictions in areas including energy, resources, infrastructure, transportation, commerce & logistics and professional services will be loosened or scrapped, the newspaper said.

The Ministry of Commerce will publish two negative lists, one for free-trade zones (FTZ), which opens wider to foreign investment, and the other for the rest of China, according to the newspaper. Washington and Beijing appeared increasingly headed toward open trade conflict after negotiations failed to resolve U.S. complaints over Chinese industrial policies, lack of market access in China and a $375 billion U.S. trade deficit.

After years of complaints about Beijing blocking foreign access to its fast-growing financial markets, China announced in April it would lift the cap on foreign ownership on stockbroking firms from 49 percent to 51 percent. It has also pledged to phase out rules requiring foreign auto makers to share factory ownership and profits with Chinese companies by 2022.