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Chinese fund seeking to invest in UK, US projects

By Feng Jianmin (Shanghai Daily)

08:17, November 29, 2011

China's sovereign wealth fund wants to invest in improving infrastructure in Europe and the United States to spur global growth, the fund's chairman wrote in the Financial Times yesterday.

"Now, infrastructure in Europe and the US badly needs more investment," China Investment Corporation's Lou Jiwei wrote.

"Traditionally, Chinese involvement in overseas infrastructure projects has been as a contractor only. Now, Chinese investors also see a need to invest in, develop and operate projects."

Lou deemed the UK as one of the most open economies in the world, and expressed keenness in teaming up with fund managers or participating in public-private partnerships in the UK infrastructure sector as an equity investor.

In the PPP arrangement, the government could invest with local or overseas institutional investors and share risks and returns.

"CIC believes that such an investment, guided by commercial principles, offers the chance of a 'win-win' solution for all," he said.

An estimated 200 billion pounds (US$310 billion) will be needed to invest in energy, water, transport and other infrastructure by 2015 in the UK, while the US will need at least US$2.2 trillion invested in repairing and rebuilding its infrastructure, Lou said, quoting data released by the British Treasury and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

His comments poses a possible answer to the question of whether and how China should help debt-ailed Europe, China's largest trading partner. Two weeks ago, CIC's President Gao Xiqing said that China would not assist other countries at the cost of its own economy.

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