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Policy guidance for outbound investment necessary: central bank governor

Updated: Mar 10,2017 1:50 PM     Xinhua

Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBC), answers questions at a press conference on financial reform and development for the fifth session of the 12th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, March 10, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan on March 10 defended the country’s policy guidance for overseas investment, saying the move is necessary to rein in the irrational tendency in some sectors.

At a press conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session, Zhou said the country is seeing overheated and hasty outbound investment in industries such as sports and entertainment, which does little good to China’s economy and is not welcomed abroad either.

While promising efforts to contain the trend, Zhou reiterated the government stance of supporting and encouraging businesses to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between China and other countries.

Outbound direct investment (ODI) has grown quickly in recent years, with non-financial ODI soaring 44.1 percent to $170 billion in 2016, official data showed.