Chinanews.com, March 8th, the State Council Information Office today held a press conference on "in-depth implementation of the new development concept to ensure a good start in the 14th Five-Year Plan".
Ning Jizhe, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, said when talking about the export control law at the meeting that the purpose of this law is to control the export of controlled items such as dual-use items and military products. Enterprises are treated equally.
Generally speaking, it has no effect on the normal exports of foreign-funded enterprises.
Ning Jizhe said that in 2020, against the backdrop of a sharp reduction in international cross-border investment, China’s use of foreign capital has grown against the trend. For the whole year, non-financial foreign direct investment was US$144.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 4.5%.
In January of this year, the use of foreign capital also made a good start. The use of foreign capital was US$13.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.2%.
The production and operation of foreign-funded enterprises in China are stable, and a number of major foreign-funded projects have overcome the impact of the epidemic and are progressing steadily.
Recently, the 2021 China Business Environment White Paper issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China and other reports show that 94% of US-funded companies are optimistic about the Chinese market, and more than half of them regard China as their first choice for global investment.
The above-mentioned are US-funded, Japanese-funded, European companies, and other countries. It should be said that they have full confidence in the Chinese market.
Ning Jizhe said that in the next step, stabilizing foreign investment still faces many challenges. In 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission will follow the deployment of the Party Central Committee and the State Council to promote the implementation of wider, broader and deeper opening up, and accelerate the construction of a higher level. Open up a new economic system, thoroughly implement the Foreign Investment Law, strengthen the promotion and protection of foreign investment, and continue to optimize the foreign investment environment.
One is to further reduce the negative list of foreign investment access.
From 2017 to 2020, my country has revised the negative list of foreign investment access for four consecutive years, and the cumulative reduction of restrictive measures has been nearly 2/3.
A series of major opening-up measures have been launched in the fields of finance and automobiles, and the manufacturing industry has been basically liberalized.
This year, we will further reduce the negative list of foreign investment access, consolidate the liberalization measures for the manufacturing industry, focus on promoting the orderly opening of the service industry, and introduce advanced technologies, management experience and business models more widely, and promote high-quality economic development with high-level opening.
At the same time, the role of the pilot free trade zone in expanding the opening up of the pilot field will be better used, and the pilot will continue to take the lead.
The second is to continue to expand the areas that encourage foreign investment.
The new version of the Catalog of Industries Encouraging Foreign Investment has been formally implemented in January this year, further expanding the scope of encouraging foreign investment and adding 127 fields of encouraged industries.
In the next step, we will do a good job of implementation, adhere to the simultaneous promotion of growth, stabilization, and quality improvement, promote the improvement of related supporting policies, and actively guide foreign businessmen to invest more in advanced manufacturing, high-tech, energy conservation and environmental protection, and more investment in R&D, design, and modern Production service industries such as logistics and information services are investing more in the central and western regions and northeastern regions, so as to better play the role of foreign capital in ensuring the stability of the industrial chain and supply chain.
The third is to focus on promoting the implementation of major foreign-funded projects.
Since 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission has taken the lead in setting up a special class for major foreign-funded projects to coordinate and solve problems in the implementation of projects.
At present, four batches of major foreign investment projects have been launched, with a total investment of more than 110 billion U.S. dollars.
The fifth batch of major foreign investment projects will be launched this year, and policy support will be given to these projects in terms of industrial planning, land use, environmental impact assessment, and energy use. The fields of advanced manufacturing and high-tech will continue to be the main direction of major foreign investment projects.
Encourage foreign investment to participate in the high-quality development of China's manufacturing industry, new infrastructure construction and innovation-driven development, to better play the demonstration role of major foreign investment projects, to promote local sound mechanisms, to link up and down, and to provide full-process services.
The fourth is to fully implement national treatment after the admission of foreign capital.
Since last year, in accordance with the "six stability" and "six guarantees" deployment, the state has introduced a series of tax, financial, and social security relief policies that are equally applicable to foreign-funded enterprises. It will continue to promote government procurement, land supply, and tax reduction and exemption. , Qualification permits, standard setting, project declaration, human resources policies, etc. treat foreign-invested enterprises and domestic-funded enterprises equally in accordance with the law.
The fifth is to effectively strengthen corporate service supervision.
It will be more proactive in introducing relevant policies and measures to foreign-funded enterprises, strengthening information services through multiple channels, and actively coordinating and solving the difficulties encountered in the investment, production and operation of foreign-funded projects, so as to create a more convenient environment for foreign-funded enterprises to invest in China.
At the same time, we will continue to improve the pre-access national treatment plus negative list management, foreign investment security review and other systems, and promote the establishment of a fair, transparent, efficient and safe regulatory system that is compatible with high-level opening up to the outside world and is in line with internationally accepted rules. Good investment environment.