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India May Ease Rules for Non-Chinese Investments From Hong Kong

  • No scrutiny needed if proposal doesn’t have Chinese investors
  • Over 140 proposals worth $1.75 billion on hold for scrutiny

India may reduce scrutiny of deals by Hong Kong-based investors as long as Chinese firms aren’t involved in the transactions, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The proposals under consideration include making it mandatory for beneficial owners from nations sharing a land border with India to seek the government’s permission to acquire more than 10% stake in any local firm, the people said, asking not to be identified citing rules. The discussions are at a preliminary stage, they said.