Implications of FTZ for overseas investors

Experts emphasise the implications of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone on corporate sectors for overseas investors.

The China Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone has shone a light on investment opportunities in several sectors in the country through negative and positive lists, according to Fitch.

A “negative list” was released on September 30, comprising hundreds of foreign investment restrictions in 18 sectors, while a “positive list” was created by Fitch based on its understanding of the FTZ and policies from the central government.

For foreign investors who hold domestic bonds or equities of state-owned enterprises, and are eager to figure out which companies are likely to benefit from China’s financial reforms, the negative list is a good gauge of the sectors Beijing views as...

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