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Telecommunications carriers

Internet news information services, Internet publication services, Internet video and audio program services, Internet cultural operation (except music), or services of information release to the public through the Internet

Other Businesses

Investment in telecommunications companies in China:

Limited to the opening of telecommunications services in the commitments made by China upon WTO accession. The foreign stake in a value-added telecommunications service may not exceed 50% (except e-commerce, domestic conferencing, store-and-forward, and call center services), and the Chinese party shall have a controlling stake in basic telecommunications.
  1. Limited to the opening of telecommunications services in the commitments made by China upon WTO accession
  2. The foreign stake in a value-added telecommunications service may not exceed 50% (except e-commerce, domestic conferencing, store-and-forward, and call center services)
  3. The Chinese party shall have a controlling stake in basic telecommunications

Investment in telecommunications companies within China (Beijing) Pilot Free Trade Zone:

Foreign investors are limited to telecommunications services opened up pursuant to China's WTO commitments. The share ratio of foreign investment in value-added telecommunications services (except for e-commerce, domestic multi-party communications, store-and-forward, and call centers) shall not exceed 50%. The basic telecommunications business must be controlled by Chinese investors (the operator must also be a legally established company specializing in basic telecommunications services ). The pilot policies covering the original area (28.8 square kilometers) of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone shall be extended to all pilot free trade zones.
  1. Foreign investors are limited to telecommunications services opened up pursuant to China's WTO commitments
  2. The share ratio of foreign investment in value-added telecommunications services (except for e-commerce, domestic multi-party communications, store-and-forward, and call centers) shall not exceed 50%
  3. The basic telecommunications business must be controlled by Chinese investors (the operator must also be a legally established company specializing in basic telecommunications services)

More favorable access policies in Beijing

Open the domestic Internet virtual private network (VPN) business to foreign investors (foreign investors to hold less than 50 percent of the shares) and attract overseas telecom operators to provide domestic Internet VPN services for foreign-invested enterprises in Beijing via establishment of joint ventures.
Remove the caps on foreign equity holdings in value-added telecommunications services, such as store-and-forward services, domestic multi-party communication services, and Internet access services (Internet access services for subscribers only) in the integrated pilot demonstration zone and demonstration parks for opening up the service sector in Beijing.

Investment in Internet service companies in China:

Investment shall be prohibited in Internet news and information services, Internet publishing services, Internet audio-visual program services, cyber culture operation (with the exception of music), and Internet public information services (with the exception of content which has been opened up pursuant to China's WTO commitments).
  1. Except those already opened up in the commitments of China made upon WTO accession
  2. Cyber culture operation (with the exception of music)

More favorable access policies in Beijing:

Remove foreign shareholding proportion restrictions on information service businesses (application stores only)(Only applicable to the Haidian Park of Zhongguancun National Innovation Demonstration Zone)。

Investment in other Information transmission, software, and information technology service-related businesses in China:

No special requirements are specified for other businesses in the industry of information transmission, software and information technology services in the Special Administrative Measures for the Access of Foreign Investment (Negative List).