China's Silk Road Fund will invest in projects that guarantee returns, its chairman said amid concerns that it would be hard for the fund to yield profit because of high geopolitical and commercial uncertainties.
Jin Qi said market-oriented principles would apply in the operation of the US$40 billion (HK$310 billion) fund and shareholders' interests would be considered when making investment decisions.
"The fund is not an aid agency," she said on the sidelines of the National People's Congress. "We will seek reasonable mid- and long-term investment returns and protect the rights of the shareholders." Beijing last month launched the fund to boost infrastructure and businesses in countries stretching through Asia to Europe. Contributions will come from China's foreign exchange reserves, the China Investment Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of China and the China Development Bank.