China Investment Corporation

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China Investment Corporation
Sovereign wealth fund
Industry Investment service
Founded Beijing, China (2007)
Headquarters Beijing, China
Key people

Ding Xuedong (Chairman and CEO)

Li Keping (Vice Chairman, President and CIO)
Increase US$ 74.474  Billion (2015)[1]
Increase US$ 73.944  Billion (2015)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 813.762 Billion (2015)[1]
Total equity Increase US$ 724.742 Billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
467 (2013)[1]
Subsidiaries Central Huijin Investment

China Investment Corporation (CIC) (Chinese: 中国投资有限责任公司; pinyin: zhōngguó tóuzī yǒuxiàn zérèn gōngsī) is a sovereign wealth fund responsible for managing part of the People's Republic of China's foreign exchange reserves. CIC was established in 2007 with approximately US$200 billion of assets under management. At the end of 2014, the CIC had over US$740 billion in assets under management.[2]


As of 2007, the People's Republic of China has US$1.4 trillion in currency reserves,[3] while this had grown by 2013 to US$3.44 trillion.[2] The China Investment Corporation was established with the intent of utilizing these reserves for the benefit of the state, modeled according to Temasek Holdings of Singapore. The state-owned Central Huijin Investment Corporation was merged into the new company as a wholly owned subsidiary company.[3]

Special national debt bonds were issued to create the capital that the CIC needed. 1,550.35 billion yuan ($207.91 billion) was issued in this bond sale. The bond process was completed in December 2007. According to Lou Jiwei, the CIC needs to make a profit of 300 million Yuan every day just to pay the interest on the bonds and operation costs. The CIC paid its first interest on the bonds in February 2008 where it paid 12.9 billion yuan.[4]

In 2008, CIC joined the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds[5] and signed up to the Santiago Principles on best practice in managing sovereign wealth funds.[6]

In 2010, CIC established a new subsidiary, CIC International (Hong Kong) Co in Hong Kong and appointed Lawrence Lau as its Chairman.[7]

In 2011, CIC established its first foreign office in Toronto, choosing it over financial centres such as New York or London as its first office. Felix Chee will be the chief representative officer[8]

In September 2013, the fund acquire a 12.5% stake in Russian potash fertiliser company Uralkali for a rumoured $2 billion.[9]

In March 2014, the CIC acquired a $40 million stake in iKang Health Group.[10] In October 2015, the CIC provided capital in a deal between Carnival Corporation and China State Shipbuilding Corporation[11]

In January 2017, acquired a 45% stake in 1221 Ave. of the Americas, NYC which values the building at $2.3 billion.[12]


The management and board of the China Investment Corporation ultimately reports to the State Council of the People's Republic of China. The China Investment Corporation is seen as being "firmly entrenched" in the political establishment as the composition of its Board of Directors implies "considerable influence on the part of China’s Ministry of Finance."[13]

Board of Directors[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

  • Chairman & CEO - Ding Xuedong
  • Vice Chairman, President & CIO - Li Keping
  • Chairman of Board of Supervisors - Guo Haoda
  • Executive Director, Executive Vice President & COO - Zhang Hongli
  • Executive Vice President - Peng Chun
  • Executive Vice President & Deputy COO - Fan Yifei- left CIC, announcement 12 March 2015[15]
  • Executive Vice President & Deputy CIO - Xie Ping
  • Executive Vice President & CRO - Wang Jianxi
  • Member of the Executive Committee - Liang Xiang

International Advisory Council[edit]


Subsidiaries and minority interests[edit]

  • GDF Suez Exploration & Production International SA (30%; joint venture with Engie)[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e
  2. ^ a b China Investment Corporation Profile. Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. July 2, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  3. ^ a b China Business: "China's trillion-dollar kitty is ready", Asia Times, October 2, 2007.
  4. ^ Liming, Li (January 31, 2008). "Day of Reckoning for China's Sovereign Fund". Economic Observer. 
  5. ^ International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. "IFSWF Our members". Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  6. ^ International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. "IFSWF Santiago Principles". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "CIC launches Hong Kong subsidiary". Financial Times. October 19, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Canada (January 12, 2011). "China's sovereign wealth fund sets up shop in Toronto". Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ Polina Devitt (24 September 2013). "China gets 12.5 percent stake in Russia's Uralkali". PUBLISHER. 
  10. ^ "China's Sovereign Fund to Acquire $40 Million Stake in iKang". Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. 27 March 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "CIC Backs Carnival Cruise Joint Venture". Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Katz, Rayna. "Chinese Buyer Snaps Up Chunk Of Midtown Office Bldg.".  External link in |website= (help)
  13. ^ A Review of Chinese-Language Literature on Sovereign Wealth Funds. - Oxford International Review. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  14. ^ "China appoints Ding Xuedong as new CIC chairman -sources". 28 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "China Investment Corporation". 
  16. ^ "2014 Management report and annual consolidated financial statements" (PDF). GDF Suez. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "ENGIE and China Investment Corporation (CIC) signed MOU". Engie. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 

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