United Nations Climate Change
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On April 17, 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced at a press conference that a new negative list for foreign investment is being formulated and is expected to be published in the first half of this year. The new negative list will lift up restrictions on foreign investment in the automobile manufacturing industry within 5 years, and in the aviation and shipbuilding manufacturing sectors before the end of this year.
This entire sector will be opened by 2022, subject to the following timetable:
The 50 per cent foreign shareholding limit will be removed:
The restriction on setting up no more than two joint ventures for producing the same type of vehicles by one foreign investor will also be removed under the same timetable.
Within 2018, the foreign shareholding restrictions for the following business will be removed:
Within 2018, the requirement for Chinese parties to control the joint ventures for designing, manufacturing and repairing ships will cease.
IMO 2020 is almost upon us. Readers are well aware of the impending switch to 0.5 percent fuel mandated by Annex VI of MARPOL which will cause an anticipated drop in HSFO demand, the potential hazards of new untested LSFO blends, the concerns around scrubber operations, the debate over open loop versus closed loop, and the myriad of other risks associated with the impending regulatory change.