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NDRC: International Investments below US$1 Billion No Longer Require Approval

Southern Metropolis Daily recently reported that the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced a new policy governing Chinese overseas investments. The new policy allows Chinese investors not to seek Chinese government approval for investments below US$1 billion outside of China. Instead, the investors are asked to fill out a for-record-only form. The new policy replaces the old requirement to get approval from NDRC, the Ministry of Commerce, and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), which typically took four months. Both state-owned companies and privately owned companies enjoy the same rights under this new rule. However, the new policy does not apply to investments involving “sensitive regions or sensitive industries.” 
Source: Southern Metropolis Daily, December 16, 2013