Sustainable Investment Special Report: How should investors approach China 'at start of ESG journey'?

Progress being made but barriers remain

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China has promoted green finance as part of a plan to shift its economy towards sustainable growth while making a high profile pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060 - but should ESG-focused investors be convinced now is the time to allocate? Stephen Little investigates

As part of its blueprint to open its fast-growing economy to a worldwide audience, Beijing has been promoting green credit, green securities and green insurance, as interest in ESG investment has risen significantly. The international green bond market is booming, and investors are increasingly adopting ESG factors in their mainstream decision-making processes, which should all set the stage nicely for Chinese companies to show their wares. ESG investing is also booming in China, with total sustainable fund assets rising by 271% last year to $26bn, according to figures from Morningstar...

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