China said on Wednesday that it plans to lower the entry barrier for foreign investors looking to invest in the country's capital market, in order to facilitate freer capital flows and attract more investment.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a statement that it may lower the level of minimum asset requirement for Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) to $500 million from $5 billion.
The Commission said it is also considering allowing QFIIs to hold stakes of up to 30 percent in a listed company, compared to the current 20 percent. In order to expand the scope of investment for QFII, they will be allowed to participate in the inter-bank bond market.
Under the new rules, foreign investors with at least two years of operational experience can gain access to the Chinese capital market, less than the current limit of five years.
by RTT Staff Writer
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