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Chinese clients are presented with the issue of moving more than $50,000 per year from China to the U.S. due to Chinese banking restrictions. China controls inbound and outbound foreign exchange flows. If a Chinese citizen wants to make an overseas payment they must purchase the funds with renminbi (RMB) i.e. official currency of the People’s Republic of China. Further, when converting the RMB to a foreign currency, the bank is required to review whether the payment is for investment or for a regular payment. If it is for an investment the chances of acceptance are slim.

One has a greater chance of acceptance if done through a corporation. Chinese law provides that a corporation can make investments but they have to gain approvals from the government agencies in China such as National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE). This application process takes time. Factors that are taken into account may include 1) the industry sector and size of the investment; 2) location of the corporation; 3) tax status; 4) the feasibility analysis of the investment (which may include scrunity as to the background of the corporate members).

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