Why are M&A' becoming more and more popular in China?
M&A activities have increased in China in recent years. There are many factors that come into play. The country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001 is one of the critical drivers behind the acceleration of this process. The continuing internal pressure for state-owned enterprise (SOE) reforms has also stimulated domestic and foreign players to embark on M&A activities. The Chinese government put forward the 10th Five-Year Proposed Plan Depicts Further Development (2001-2005) on October 11 2000, under which supreme importance has been placed on the use of foreign investment for the country's future economic restructuring and development. The plan has called for the adoption of mergers, acquisitions and venture capital financing by foreign investors taking part in China's investment market. Furthermore, Following the Chinese government has published a New Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry in March 2002, under which important industries such as the telecommunications, information technology, financial services and property development industries are liberalized, which opens up more options in terms of M&A.