Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China rose 5.8 percent year-on-year to CNY 941.5 billion, or USD 136.71 billion, in 2019, the biggest increase since 2017, when it grew 7.9 percent. China remained the second largest recipient of FDI globally, Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming said at a news briefing on Tuesday. Meanwhile, China's outbound direct investment (ODI) declined 6 percent to CNY 807.95 billion, or 8.2 percent to USD 110.6 billion. Foreign Direct Investment in China averaged 458.75 USD HML from 1997 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1367.10 USD HML in December of 2019 and a record low of 18.32 USD HML in January of 2000. source: Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China

Foreign Direct Investment in China is expected to be 400.00 USD HML by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Foreign Direct Investment in China to stand at 1500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Foreign Direct Investment is projected to trend around 1500.00 USD HML in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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China Foreign Direct Investment

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1367.10 1243.94 1367.10 18.32 1997 - 2019 USD HML Monthly
NSA; YTD



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-17 07:00 AM Sep 6.5% 6.9% 6.7%
2019-11-18 07:00 AM Oct 6.6% 6.5% 6%
2019-12-13 07:00 AM Nov 6.0% 6.6% 6%
2020-01-21 06:30 AM Dec 5.8% 6.0% 5.7%


News Stream
2019-12-13
FDI into China Rises 6% in January-November
Foreign direct investment into China rose 6.0 percent year-over-year to CNY 845.94 billion in January-November 2019, or 2.6 percent to USD 124.39 billion. For November only, FDI went up 1.5 percent to CNY 93.53 billion, or 0.1 percent to USD 13.62 billion. Foreign investment in high-tech industries jumped 27.6 percent year-on-year to CNY 240.7 billion and accounted for 28.5 percent of total FDI.

2019-11-18
FDI into China Rises 6.6% YoY in January-October
Foreign direct investment into China rose 2.9 percent year-on-year to USD 110.78 billion in January-October 2019, or 6.6 percent to CNY 752.41 billion. For October only, FDI went up 7.4 percent to CNY 69.2 billion. Foreign investment is expected to remain stable over the full year, the Ministry of Commerce said.

2019-09-12
Foreign Direct Investment into China Rises in Jan-Aug
Foreign direct investment into China rose 3.2 percent year-on-year to USD 89.26 billion in January-August 2019, or 6.9 percent to CNY 604.04 billion. In yuan terms, foreign investment in high-tech industries surged 39.3 percent and accounted for 28.9 percent of the total FDI, with investment in high-tech services rising 58.4 percent. Among the main sources of investment, FDI into China increased mainly from South Korea (45.3 percent), while FDI from the countries along the Belt and Road maintained steady growth of 6.3 percent. FDI in August alone rose 3.6 percent to CNY 70.89 billion.

2019-08-14
FDI into China Rises in January-July
Foreign direct investment into China rose 3.6 percent year-on-year to USD 78.8 billion in January-July 2019, or 7.3 percent to CNY 533.14 billion. In yuan terms, FDI increased in the manufacturing sector (2.7 percent), especially in high-tech manufacturing (19 percent) on the back of aviation, spacecraft and equipment (32.8 percent), electronics and communication equipment (29.3 percent), and pharmaceuticals (22 percent). Also FDI in the service sector jumped 9.3 percent, led by high-tech service (63.2 percent). Among the main sources of investment, FDI into China increased from Germany (72.4 percent), South Korea (69.7 percent), Japan (12.6 percent), and the Netherlands (14.3 percent). For July only, FDI grew 4.1 percent to USD 8.1 billion, or 8.7 percent to CNY 54.82 billion.

2019-07-11
Foreign Direct Investment into China Rises in H1
Foreign direct investment into China rose 2 percent year-on-year to USD 69.7 billion in the first half of 2019, or 7.2 percent to CNY 478.33 billion. For June only, FDI grew 3 percent to USD 16.13 billion, or 8.5 percent to CNY 109.27 billion.

2019-06-13
Foreign Direct Investment into China Rises in Jan-May
Foreign direct investment into China rose 1.3 percent year-on-year to USD 53.34 billion in January-May 2019, or 6.8 percent to CNY 369.06 billion. In yuan terms, FDI into China from the US increased 7.5 percent. For May only, FDI grew 8.5 percent to CNY 63.83 billion. Meanwhile, China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) in January-May fell 1 percent on-year to CNY 301.15 billion.


China Foreign Direct Investment
In China, foreign direct investment refer to the accumulated foreign investment in domestic companies or entities in non financial sector in a given year.

China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 467.92 379.26 612.86 -320.02 USD HML [+]
Current Account 491.89 461.67 1330.85 -341.00 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 0.40 1.30 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
Imports 1908.55 1834.11 1951.34 13.88 USD HML [+]
Exports 2376.47 2213.37 2376.47 12.50 USD HML [+]
External Debt 19652.14 17106.00 19652.14 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 104.88 103.45 118.33 81.75 points [+]
Capital Flows -97.60 213.65 725.40 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1367.10 1243.94 1367.10 18.32 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 3054.00 2917.00 3054.00 22.96 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1948.31 1936.49 1948.31 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3806.00 3811.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 4.47 5.11 6.29 1.47 [+]
Tourism Revenues 5.97 5.40 5.97 4.13 CNY Trillion [+]
Weapons Sales 1040.00 1227.00 2605.00 3.00 USD Million [+]