China Mobile Blocked from Taiwan Investment
Published on: 19th Apr 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
China Mobile has cancelled plans to buy a minority stake in the Taiwan based mobile network Far EasTone after the Taiwanese government refused to lift ownership restrictions.
China Mobile had been planning to pay USD600 million for a 12 percent stake in the Taiwan mobile network. The deal was originally announced all the way back in April 2009.
Investments by Chinese firms in Taiwan has been a contentious issue, particularly in industries sometimes seen as strategic to the nation, such as telecommunications.
The companies announced that the investment would be replaced by a framework for business cooperation instead, but may consider a financial investment again if the government lifts its restrictions.