FDI rises 17% in Jan-Feb (China Daily)

Investment inflows surge from Germany, France, Saudi Arabia
China’s foreign direct investment rose 17 percent year-on-year to $22.48 billion in the first two month of this year, with three countries – Saudi Arabia, France and Germany – registering the fastest growth rates, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.
FDI inflow from Saudi Arabia surged 873.8 percent year-on-year to $240 million, and that from France rose 366.7 percent to $280 million. Investment from Germany jumped 59 percent to $410 million.
Shen Danyang, spokesman for the ministry, said the biggest investments were in big-ticket industrial projects in the automobile, power and chemical industries.
Germany’s Daimler AG, Arkema Asie SAS of France and Saudi Basic Industries Co all made significant commitments in China on new projects and expansions of existing manufacturing facilities.
“As China readjusts the industrial structure of its low-end manufacturing and heavy industries and develops new growth points from services industries such as e-commerce, transportation and logistics, the service sector has become the new growth engine driving the inflow of foreign investment,” said Shen.
FDI into the nation’s service sector hit $13.73 billion in the first two months, a 30 percent increase from the same period a year earlier and accounting for 61 percent of total FDI during the period.
Along with the rise in the amount of FDI, the number of newly registered foreign-funded companies also jumped significantly, by 38.6 percent, in the first two months, a total of 3,831 companies, according to the official data.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Japan were the next top five sources of investment.
Wang Zhile, a senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, said that even though some foreign companies had been affected by rising operating costs and the general slowdown in the Chinese economy over the past two years, on the whole their revenue growth had remained stable, and has been faster than in other regional markets since the global financial crisis in 2008.
“China is a big market with 1.36 billion consumers and is still capable of completing a lot of big-ticket infrastructure and public service projects, which still need a lot of goods and services and technical solutions from foreign manufacturers as well as service providers,” said Wang.

An assembly line of a Daimler AG venture in Minhou, Fujian province. Investment from Germany jumped 59 percent yearonyear to $410 million in the JanuaryFebruary period. Yang Enuo / For China Daily

(China Daily 03/18/2015 page13)