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China’s FDI use surges 26.1% to $74.47 between January and April

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China’s actual use of foreign capital recorded a significant jump of 26.1 percent on a yearly basis from January to April, reaching $74.47 billion, despite challenges posed by COVID-19 outbreaks in several major Chinese cities, according to official data on Thursday. 

The better-than-expected figure serves as a strong rebuttal to some Western media’s “capital withdrawal” hype, and demonstrates that temporary economic disruptions caused by the Omicron variant won’t undermine the attractiveness of the Chinese market to foreign investors in the long run, observers said.

The rapid growth also comes on a high base last year, when China’s actual use of foreign investment surged 38.6 percent in the first four months, Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for China’s Commerce Ministry (MOFCOM), told a press conference on Thursday. 

Investment from South Korea surged 76.3 percent, while investment from the US and Germany rose 53.2 percent and 80.4 percent, respectively, MOFCOM data showed. 

Large projects have been running in a stable fashion, Shu said, adding that all localities have worked hard to overcome the impact of the epidemic and actively carry out investment promotion. 

In the first four months, China added 185 large-scale projects with contracted foreign capital of more than $100 million, which is equivalent to an average of 1.5 large-scale foreign-funded projects landing every day, according to the official.

The continued rise in foreign investment flows into China is proof that the Chinese market has remained a bonanza for foreign investors, Cao Heping, an economist from Peking University, told the Global Times on Thursday.

“The country’s COVID-19 containment policy is shown to have mobilized wide-ranging resources to imbue [society] with a sense of safety and security,” Cao said.

In recent weeks, stringent anti-epidemic measures were adopted in some key Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and bring a sound rebound after temporary economic disruptions. 

Last year, China was among the world’s best-performing markets in terms of the attraction of foreign direct investment, according to Cao, who was upbeat about the abundance of opportunities in the areas of the sharing economy and platform economy.

China’s actual use of foreign investment jumped 14.9 percent year-on-year to 1.15 trillion yuan in 2021, scaling an all-time high, official data showed.

“Noise” as regards fluctuations in foreign capital flows mostly indicates short-term speculative moves in the money and capital markets, Cao emphasized.

In a new sign that multinationals’ confidence in the country’s outlook won’t be deterred by short-term difficulties, L’Oréal founded its first investment company in China, Shanghai Meicifang Investment Co, in Shanghai on May 8. The investment will be dedicated to promoting China’s open innovation through investing in innovative beauty technology.

This groundbreaking move also further proves the vital position of the Chinese market in L’Oréal’s global layout, the firm said in a statement it sent to the Global Times on Thursday.

Global Times

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