It has been reported that requirements for Chinese companies to get approval for outbound investment have been relaxed. The bill states that companies now only need to file – with approval no longer needed – with the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) if the projects are related to sensitive countries and industries. The April 2014 Outbound Rules required companies to get approval for all outbound investment projects worth U.S. $1 billion or more or involving sensitive countries, regions or sectors. The new law removes the price threshold and only maintains the sensitive criteria for NDRC approval. It also states that any investments which are sensitive and over U.S. $2 billion require NDRC filing and State Council approval.
Source: Economic Observer (Chinese only: http://www.eeo.com.cn/2015/0108/271090.shtml?LS=EMS1119256)
Date: Jan. 8, 2015