China is likely to be a net investor in 2014 with its foreign direct investment (FDI) outflows expected to surpass the inflows, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
It is “an inevitable trend for China’s outward FDI to surpass the FDI inflows into the country,” China Daily quoted Liang Guoyong, economic affairs officer of UNCTAD, as saying as his agency released its annual World Investment Report.
In 2013, FDI inflows (including the financial sector) to China rose 2.3 percent year-on-year to US$123.9 billion, ranking second in the world and narrowing the gap with the largest host country, the United States.
As for outflows, they were up 15 percent last year to about US$101 billion, the third highest in the world after the US and Japan.
“China’s outward FDI has entered a fast growth phase and [the country] is now a real big investor,” Liang said.
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