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China encourages foreign investment in elderly services

Updated: Dec 2,2014 8:43 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) published a circular to encourage foreign investment in China’s elderly care services on Dec 2.

Foreign investors can set up senior care institutes for profit independently or in cooperation with Chinese enterprises, said the circular, jointly issued by MCA and the Ministry of Commerce.

Before setting up elderly care centers, foreign investors should submit application materials to provincial-level organs in charge of commercial affairs, it said.

Foreign investors are also welcome to take part in the reform of state-run elderly care organizations, and to develop high-quality chain institutes, it added.

Foreign investors will enjoy the same favorable tax policies and administration fee deduction policies as domestic investors, the circular said.

By the end of 2013, the population at or above 60 years of age hit 202 million in China, or 15 percent of the population. The figure is expected to exceed 300 million by 2025.