Western companies complain about increasingly losing their positions in the Chinese market, as Chinese authorities have decided to focus on the development of their own companies and innovations, the newspaper wrote.
In March 2016, the Chinese government introduced a new five-year that no longer preferences companies that want to benefit from China's low wages and even lower environmental standards. Instead, the country wants to become a technology leader in the coming years and therefore started to support national companies in the field of innovations.
"Chinese companies which are capable of independently competing on the world market are being promoted. Only those Western partners that can bring innovation into the country and assist with required technologies are welcome," the newspaper wrote.
Thus, the access of European enterprises to the various sectors of the Chinese market has become more and more complicated. According to the new initiative, Chinese companies are supposed to orientate themselves towards domestic consumption and focus on the protection of the domestic market, the newspaper wrote
"The acquisition of Chinese companies has become more difficult — not easier, as the West wants it to be. The financial sector also remains closed apart from a certain dependence on cooperation with western banks, insurers and exchanges," the article said.
The factors behind this trend are often of political nature. In the case of Turkey, it was the dispute over the Bundestag's resolution on the genocide of Armenians, the attitude of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards journalists, and an increasing number of terrorist attacks in the country. With Russia, economic sanctions and the debate over the Ukrainian crisis played a decisive role.