BEIJING — Combined Chinese direct investment in the advanced economies of North America and Europe more than doubled in 2016 as China’s rapidly maturing economy continued its transition to a new growth model, according to a report.
China’s foreign direct investment in the two regions rose a combined total of 130 percent from 2015, to a record of about $94.2 billion, according to a report released by international law firm Baker McKenzie.
For the first time since 2013, Chinese investors poured more money into North America than Europe, with the US accounting for about 94 percent of the North American total, the report said.
“Well over half of all Chinese direct investment into Europe and North America since 2000 has taken place in the last three years, marking the continued influence of globalization and the rapid development of China’s economy,” said Michael DeFranco, global head of M&A at Baker McKenzie.
Privately-owned Chinese companies led the trend, outpacing investment by state-owned enterprises, closing deals accounting for 70 percent of the total, signaling the continued rise of corporate China in the global economy.
In Europe, Chinese investors focused on Germany and the United Kingdom, which between them saw about half of all investment in Europe.
The US largely accounted for the increase in North America, while the value of deals in Canada rose 120 percent to reach a three-year high.
In Europe, information and communications technology, transportation, utilities and infrastructure and industrial machinery saw the most activity, while the main recipients in North America were real estate and hospitality, transport, utilities and infrastructure, consumer products and services and entertainment.
“Chinese companies are growing market share, moving up value chains and investing in know-how to drive domestic and international demand for their goods and services,” said Zhang Danian, chief representative of Baker McKenzie’s Shanghai office.