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A file photo shows a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, China, on Jan. 10, 2017. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
A file photo shows a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, China, on Jan. 10, 2017. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

McDonald's to open 2,000 new restaurants in China over next five years

 China will soon become the chain's largest market outside of the United States, McDonald's president and CEO, Steve Easterbrook, said in a statement.

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 The United States fast-food chain McDonald's announced Tuesday it is set to open nearly 2,000 new restaurants in China in a span of five years as part of a strategic partnership with Citic and the Carlyle Group.

McDonald's Corporation said in a statement that it sealed a strategic partnership with these two companies to operate and manage McDonald's businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong.

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 "China will soon become our largest market outside of the United States. We are excited to join forces with CITIC and Carlyle for better localized decision-making to meet changing customer demands in this dynamic market," McDonald's president and CEO, Steve Easterbrook, said in the statement.

  The partnership deal has been approved by China and was sealed on July 31, 2017, with which McDonald's largest franchise outside the US is to be created.

  The new partnership announced a series of initiatives under the name "Vision 2022" which, among other things, include increasing the number of restaurants in mainland China from 2,500 to 4,500.

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