China has for some time been streamlining the administration of foreign investment and has recently taken further steps to remove restrictions, which continues a process that has been underway since 2013.
Three new relaxations were introduced on 30 June 2019 by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Commerce
- Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) for Foreign Investment Access (2019 Edition)
- the Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) for Foreign Investment Access in Pilot Free Trade Zones (2019 Edition); and
- the Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment (2019 Edition).
These new lists and catalogue take effect on 30 July 2019.