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China Increases Sectors Open For Foreign Investment

New list expands the number of industries to 519 from 480 in the last publication of eligible sectors in 2020 and is part of a plan to improve industrial and supply chains.

China has opened more sectors to foreign investment, the NDRC revealed on Friday.
One of the new sectors open for foreign investment is energy saving, which will is a key facet of the transition to clean energy. File photo of a solar power plant in Jiangsu province. Reuters.


China‘s state planner issued the 2022 list of sectors for foreign investment on Friday, which has been expanded to try to draw foreign capital into manufacturing sectors.

The new list expands the number of industries to 519 from 480 in the last publication of eligible sectors in 2020 and is part of a plan to improve industrial and supply chains.

It follows President Xi Jinping call for China to “win the battle” in core technologies during the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in Beijing.

Still focusing on manufacturing sectors, the new version list remains a “key move to stabilise foreign investment under the current situation,” the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement.


Foreign Investment up 15%

“It is not only conducive to promoting a high-level opening up and accelerating the construction of a new development pattern, but also to further stabilising foreign investment, optimising the investment structure and boosting foreign investors’ expectations and confidence.”

China‘s foreign direct investment rose 15.6% from a year earlier in the first nine months of the year to 1 trillion yuan ($138.12 billion) after 16.4% growth in January-August, the Ministry of Commerce spokesperson told a news conference on Thursday.

China‘s utilization of foreign capital staged steady progress, but it still faces greater external pressure,” according to the NDRC statement.


Auto Tech, Energy Saving, Environmental Sectors Added

Sectors of air ground support equipment and key components related to autonomous driving were revised or added to the new list, after the planning agency said on Tuesday that China will encourage foreign enterprises to invest in high-tech equipment and components.

Foreign investment will be also encouraged in advanced manufacturing, energy saving and environmental protection sectors in China‘s central, western and northeastern regions, according to the NDRC.

Foreign investment of equipment manufacturing was supported in Chongqing, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan and Shaanxi.

In order to give full play to the advantages of labour forces, labour-intensive processing trade industries were particularly encouraged in provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui, Henan, Gansu as well as regions of Guizhou, Ningxia and Guangxi.

The 2020 list will be replaced by the newly announced version from January 1, 2023.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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