In a newsletter article, Adam Roseman of ARC China discussed China’s approach to Western infrastructure. He wrote that according to Lou Jiwei, chairman of China Investment Corporation, the organization plans to invest in the run-down infrastructure of developed countries around the world. The fund intends to begin with buildings in the UK.
The Chinese fund “is keen to team up with fund managers or participate through a public-private partnership in the UK infrastructure sector as an equity investor,” Lou wrote in the Financial Times. “We at CIC believe that such an investment, guided by commercial principles, offers the chance of a win-win solution for all.”
Roseman explained in the newsletter: “The British government is looking to UK pension funds and sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia to help finance upgrades of roads, railways, ports and social housing.