China’s outward foreign investment

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See Joe Battat’s presentation at the 2006 PSD Forum. A polished paper should be out soon. Some quick facts from his survey of Chinese firms:

  • Africa and South & South East Asia are the destinations of choice
  • Limits on foreign exchange and lengthy application time are the main impediments to overseas investment
  • Market seeking and the acquisition of strategic assets are the main drivers of expansion
  • 70% of firms found the market conditions worse in Africa than in China; this number rises to 85% for the Middle East and 90% for Eastern Europe.

Also see an earlier paper by Battat on South-South FDI, a paper by Stephen Gelb, or more presentations from the South-South session.

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