China bans investment in gambling, sex

The Mainland Chinese government has formally laid down new rules on overseas investments, restricting investment in property, hotels, entertainment, sports clubs and film industries, according to reports.

Authorities have also outlawed investments in the gambling and sex industries, as well as the export of core defense technologies.

While the government had begun a campaign to crack down on “irrational” overseas investment at the end of last year, it had not issued official rules until now.

"Profound changes are taking place in international and domestic situations, and Chinese enterprises face not just relatively good opportunities but also various risks and challenges in overseas investments," the State Council, China’s cabinet, said in the statement.

In a report from Bloomberg, Robin Xing, chief China economist at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong said the recent changes are "part of the precautionary package to prevent a rebound in capital outflows.”

"China wants its money to focus on specific sectors that can help boost long-term growth potential," said Zhou Hao, a senior emerging-markets strategist at Commerzbank AG in Singapore. "The new policy also tries to close the loophole of suspicious capital outflows and possible money laundering."

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