China to combine QFII, RQFII schemes to boost foreign investment
To further open up China's capital markets and attract long-term investment from overseas, the country's securities watchdog issued a draft on Thursday to combine two existing schemes for foreign investors and expand the scope of investments.
China will combine the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) program and the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) program, according to the draft on the website of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) for public opinion.
The QFII and RQFII programs, introduced in 2002 and 2011 respectively, allow overseas institutional investors to move money into China's capital account to encourage controlled flows.
By the end of 2018, the quota in the QFII had totaled 150 billion U.S. dollars, with 101.1 billion U.S. dollars approved for 309 foreign institutional investors.
In mid-January, China's foreign exchange regulator announced that the total quota of the QFII program had doubled to 300 billion U.S. dollars, a new step toward opening up the capital market.
The quota in the RQFII has totaled 1.94 trillion yuan (281.16 billion U.S. dollars), with 646.7 billion yuan awarded for 233 foreign institutional investors.