Foreign investment law a guarantee for rising FDI in China: official
Published: Mar 01, 2021 10:41 AM
Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Foreign investment law has created a more market-oriented, legalized, and international investment environment for foreign investors and enterprises, and has been acting as a guarantee for an increase of 4.5 percent of foreign direct investment (FDI) to China last year, Zang Tiewei, a spokesperson for the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee said on Sunday.

The data shows the scale of foreign investment and the global share reached a record high, making China be the world's largest destination for foreign capital. The result comes against the challenge of global epidemic and the law has shown Chinese government's determination on opening-up policy, Zang said. 

FDI in China in 2020 increased 6.2 percent year-on-year to reach a record high of 999.98 billion yuan, equivalent to $144, 37 billion and an increase of 4.5 percent year-on-year in US dollar terms, the Ministry of Commerce announced earlier.  

Actual foreign investment in Chinese service industry expanded 13.9 percent year-on-year with 77.677 billion yuan and took 77.7 percent of all FDI. Foreign investment to advanced-technology industry increased by 11.4 percent year-on-year. 

The foreign investment law took effect in China starting on January 1 of 2020, which in a bid to better protect the interests of foreign investors in the country.

As part of the law, foreign-invested enterprises will be granted access to government procurement markets through fair competition. The law also bans using administrative licensing and penalties to force foreign investors and firms to transfer technology.

Foreign companies are entitled to equal participation as their domestically-invested peers in the formulation and revision of national, industrial and local standards in accordance with the law. They can make standards-related recommendations and undertake such work as setting standards.

The Ministry of Commerce on Monday has released 22 measures to expand high-level opening-up, including technology and talent from global markets, in a bid to reinforce China's strengths in attracting foreign investment.

The ministry said it will promote the integration of international and domestic industry chains, and relax the requirements for foreign investors' strategic investment in listed companies, including such areas as qualification requirements, shareholding ratios, and shareholding lock-up periods.

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