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accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare
Chinese local government bonds worth 1.4 billion yuan ($208.5 million) were snapped up by retail investors within a single day, after counter sales in banks we
re made available for the first time. The fundraising will help supplement a broader fiscal deficit this year, analysts said.
On Monday, individuals in China were able to purchase bonds issued by t
he Zhejiang provincial government (five-year term, 3.32 percent coupon rate) and the N
ingbo city government (three-year term, 3.04 percent coupon rate). Proceeds from the sales will be used for land purchases (300 million yuan) and shantytown renovations (1.1 billion yuan), acc
ording to a notice on the website of China Central Depository and Clearing, a clearinghouse under the central bank.
The minimum investment amount for retail investors is 100 yuan, lower than most wealth management products issu
ed by commercial banks. Previously, individual investors could only purchase bonds issued by the central government, kno
wn as treasury bonds. And before Monday, local government bonds were traded mainly in the interbank market.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday for victims who died in a chemical plan
t explosion seven days prior in Xiangshui township, Yancheng city, East China’s Jiangsu province.
More than 200 officials, police officers, firefighters, bereaved families and volunteers attended the serv
ice at 7:30 am. The cars at the site honked their horns and attendees presented flowers to pay tribute to the victims.
To date, the deadly explosion of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co in Yancheng’s Xiangshui county has claimed 78 lives.
According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning period.
subsidies continue gradual phase-out
China will whittle down subsidies on new energy vehicles as the industry develops and cost drops, aiming to boost high-quality development in the NEV sector.
The newest measure will lower subsidy standards for new energy passenger cars, buses and t
rucks, taking factors such as industry growth, cost reduction and subsidy phase-out policies into consideration, the
Ministry of Finance said in a joint statement Tuesday, adding the move was set to bring more competition in the industry.
cles are starting to gain momentum in the private market. With the overall vehicle market remaini
ng flat, sales of new energy vehicles last year reached 1.25 million, up 61.7 percent year-on-year, and
the figure is expected to reach 1.6 million this year according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
China plans to stop subsidies on new energy cars by the end of 2020. To ensure a smooth transi
tion, the government decides to achieve this goal by enacting policy in several phases. This year’s subs
idy standard was slashed 50 percent on average from 2018, Xinhua reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
The source said the proportion cut is basically consistent with falling ratios of general cost for co
mplete vehicles, while pointing out with the rapid expansion of the NEV industry some enterprises tend
ed to become reliant on long-standing subsidies, leading to weak competitiveness.
The statement also asked local governments to remove subsidies on purchases o
f new energy cars after a three-month grace period starting Tuesday. Instead, more funds will be used
to build infrastructure, including charging and hydrogen refueling facilities, and to facilitate relevant services.