BEIJING, June 24 China is scrapping legal and
financing curbs on some foreigners investing in businesses
outside the banking industry, the trade ministry said on
As part of sweeping financial reforms intended to be China's
most ambitious in three decades, the government is cutting
swathes of red tape to reduce central planning and align the
world's No. 2 economy more closely with free markets.
The Ministry of Commerce said it would lift limits on the
size of foreigners' initial investments, and abolish previous
time and currency curbs set on such activity.
Legal and administrative regulations in such areas will also
But the easing of rules does not apply to foreign investors
venturing into the banking and financial sector, the ministry
said in an online statement.
Foreign firms that are setting up Chinese joint ventures
must also comply with separate, existing regulations.
The ministry did not say when the new rules would take
effect, but said parties to contracts drawn up before March 1
this year must comply with the agreed terms.
(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)