Over the past year, the amount of foreign investment that is coming into China dropped substantially according to finance news sources. The inbound investment in the country dropped to around $12 billion a few months ago, which was the largest drop they have seen since the previous December. This decline is still happening, and there are fewer companies from other countries investing in China. However, China is branching outward and is starting to invest in quite a few things abroad.
The Drop in Investors
Over the course of the last previous year, China has seen a decrease of about 12.5% compared to the year before when it comes to foreign companies investing in areas other than finance. They are seeing that there is an overall drop in investment from the European Union of about 4.1%, a drop from American investors of about 2.85 percent, and a drop from other countries in Asia of about 5%
What Could China Do to Gain More Foreign Investors?
China could start to try to lure more investors and businesses back by relaxing some of their regulations further, or by letting investors pay a lower withholding tax. Currently, China wants to try to encourage more investment from foreign investors in the area of technology, as well as in high-end manufacturing.
While the inbound investment in China dropped a bit in the recent months, and it seems as though this may continue for a few more months, the changes and the drive that China is making to gain more foreign investors could start to offset this issue by mid-2013. They believe that by making improvements to financing conditions and to the overall business environment, it could help the nation return to the prior attractiveness it held for investors. Of course, only time is going to tell.
Investors who have been thinking about investing in China should make sure that they stay abreast of all of the financial news so they can wait until it is the best time to make any investment.
Many companies are looking for big things in China in the coming years. Automakers in particular seem to have quite a bit to gain from what China can offer. After all, it is potentially the largest market in the world for selling automobiles. Of course, the nation’s infrastructure really has to be able to come up to standards before the huge sales are going to be able to expand. The roadways are not up to standards, and there are many people who are in rural areas where there do not seem to be much in the way of actual roads!
In the coming years, as infrastructure starts to play catch up, one should see a boost in auto sales in the nation, as well as sales of other items. This should be good news for those who invest in companies already in China.
China Invests Abroad
Even as there are fewer countries investing in China, the nation is really starting to make a move on other parts of the world when it comes to investing. Chinese companies are investing in a host of different countries around the world right now, and to great effect, for the most part. They have investments in automotive companies, food manufacturing, and more in foreign lands. They are working in many countries and areas where they can take advantage of reduced costs and better operating efficiency.
There is no doubt that China is and will remain one of the primary and most powerful economies in the world. The moves that they make are going to impact the rest of the world, and it is important to pay attention to the finance news and business news that comes out of China. It can affect everyone.
Bradley Michaels is a finance blogger for The-European.eu, offering UK business and finance news to readers around the world.
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