Chinese outbound investment to reach .5 trln over next 10 years: report

Updated 2017-08-09 14:46:58 Xinhua

Chinese outbound investment flows may reach 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars over the next 10 years, as key Chinese policies will underpin future overseas investment, a report said Tuesday.

China's outbound investment is set to grow 70 percent over the next 10 years from a total of 880 billion dollars over the period of 2007 to 2016, predicted the report published by international law firm Linklaters LLP.

The outbound investment and acquisitions from China will continue to be a significant force in the coming years, as China's long-term policies and initiatives such as "Made in China 2025" and the Belt and Road Initiative have outbound deals at the core, the report said.

The "Made in China 2025" strategy, a roadmap released by China's State Council in 2015 to guide the country's advanced industrial manufacturing, has seen steady progress in industrial capability, smart manufacturing, innovation, as well as product quality and branding.

Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia, Africa and Europe along ancient Silk Road trade routes and beyond.

According to the report, such initiatives mean that the high level of outbound investment is likely to be focused on sectors such as energy infrastructure and high-end technology and electronics, which may be seen by host governments as "strategic" to national security or national interest.

This may lead to increased regulatory scrutiny of Chinese outbound deals from foreign governments.

The report commended the Chinese government's efforts in supporting the successful execution of outbound deals.

Peter Cohen-Millstein, partner of Linklaters in New York, told Xinhua that "lessons are being learned both in China and around the world which will undoubtedly help to reduce friction and increase deal flow momentum."

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