In November, news spread that China was restricting big-time investments in foreign companies, the sort entertainment executives (and many others) have pursued for years. Since then, there’s been a virtual freeze on any large-scale capital outflow, with no clear picture of when — if ever — it will resume.

“While such capital controls may be intended to be temporary,” Fred Hu, the chairman of a Beijing-Hong Kong investment firm, told The New York Times, “they will introduce mounting uncertainties for Chinese outbound investments.”