A joint China-Russia investment fund with a capital base that is about to double to US$2 billion
OREANDA-NEWS. A joint China-Russia investment fund with a capital base that is about to double to US$2 billion will invest in “dozens of deals” that signal deepening financial ties between Beijing and Moscow.
The Russia-China Investment Fund, jointly set up by sovereign wealth funds China Investment Corp and Russian Direct Investment Fund, has completed the paperwork for the capital increase, the fund’s chief executive, Kirill Dmitriev, told.
Established in June 2012, the fund has become a channel for Russia, under the sanctions of Western countries, to secure funding support from deep-pocketed Beijing. Dmitriev, who holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, is using the fund as a platform to spur Chinese investment in Russia.
The fund will partner with the China-Eurasian Economic Cooperation Fund that is backed by the Export and Import Bank of China. It will invest in Russian oil service firm Eurasia Drilling Co and United Transport Concession Holding to finance two roads in Moscow and a light rail transport grid in St. Petersburg, according to Dmitriev. The joint fund already has invested more than US$1 billion in 19 projects, including Chinese taxi hailing service Didi Chuxing, a railway bridge on the China-Russian border and Russian retail chain Lenta.
“We will continue to invest 70 per cent in Russia and 30 per cent in China,” Dmitriev said.
The fund has “well managed” currency and commodities risks in Russia, he said.
The CEO called for more Chinese investment in the country.
Russia, as a major energy provider and a middle point of the China-Europe railway, is a key partner in China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. The aim of the bold infrastructure and trade plan brought forward by President Xi Jinping is to expand the country’s economic influence over 60 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Among more than 35 countries representing nearly 97 per cent of China’s outbound Belt and Road investment, Russia was ranked in January as second safest in regards to risk, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a Beijing-based government think tank.
“We are in a very good macroeconomic situation in Russia,” Dmitriev said. He called Russia’s stability “predictable”, citing the country’s 2 per cent economic growth, 3 per cent inflation rate and stable commodities and oil prices this year.