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China Relaxes Foreign Investment Rules for Hainan Island

  • Overseas investment will be allowed in mining, online trading
  • Cap on foreign shareholding in carmakers will be lifted
Expansion of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, Hainan Province.
Expansion of Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, Hainan Province.Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency

China relaxed foreign investment rules for its southern free trade port of Hainan island, allowing overseas funds into sectors such as mining, online trading, and market and social research.

Restrictions on foreign shareholding in carmakers will also be lifted, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission on its website. The negative list on foreign investment rules for the Hainan free trade port will be effective from February.