China Emerges as World’s Second Largest Foreign Direct Investor in 2018


China took second place behind Japan as the world’s second largest foreign investor in 2018.

The “2018 China Foreign Direct Investment Statistical Report” (2018年度中国对外直接投资统计公报) jointly released by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) indicates that Chinese foreign direct investment was USD$143.04 billion in 2018, for a YoY decline of 9.6%.

China’s share of foreign direct investment in 2018 nonetheless hit a record high, following a YoY drop of 29% in global foreign direct investment outflows.

China’s foreign direct investment figure for 2018 put it second behind Japan for the year, whose investment sum for the period was $143.16 billion.

As of the end of 2018 China’s outstanding foreign direct investment was $1.98 trillion, 66.3 times greater than the figure at the end of 2002.