China Market Intelligence

June 28th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

On Friday, China’s State Council released a revised list of investment restrictions that may allow companies in a number of industries additional market access in the 11 designated free trade zones (FTZs) around the country. The revised negative list, which names sectors that retain foreign investment restriction,  goes into effect on July 10, 2017.  

The openings announced today apply only to foreign companies’ operations in the free trade zones. It is unclear how these openings...

September 30th, 2015
Owen Haacke

China’s four free trade zones (FTZs)—the initial Shanghai FTZ and subsequent zones in Tianjin, Guangdong, and Fujian—offer companies a range of select market openings and preferential policies, while serving as a testing ground for reforms that eventually may be implemented nationwide. Although many companies initially reported only a modest impact from openings in Shanghai, a September 2015 announcement that the “negative list” guiding foreign investment in the FTZs would be...

April 29th, 2015
USCBC Staff

Companies can expect some openings in China’s newly issued list of industries off-limits to foreign investment in the recently unified free trade zones (FTZs), though many investment restrictions important to industry groups remain unchanged. The State Council’s updated free trade zone negative list is to be uniformly adopted across China’s four free trade zones in Shanghai, Fujian, Guangdong, and Tianjin, effective May 20, 2015. The updated “negative list” (or list of sectors...

January 20th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

On January 13, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a circular notice completely removing the foreign equity cap for investment in e-commerce companies in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ). The notice allows foreign-invested enterprises to control 100 percent stakes in such companies.

Since early 2014, Chinese authorities have consistently taken steps to loosen foreign investment restrictions in e-commerce, which is classified as a value-...