China sees 8.4% FDI increase in second quarter of 2020, July 17, 2020

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China sees 8.4% FDI increase in second quarter of 2020, July 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD-BEIJING,China saw a year-on-year increase of 8.4 percent in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the second quarter of 2020.

The actual investment from the United States grew 6 percent year on year in the first half of 2020.

Meanwhile, China’s non-financial outbound investment to countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) surged 19.4 percent year-on-year to $8.12 billion, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC), China Economic Net (CEN) reported on Friday.

The 8.4% increase in FDI in Q2 made an obvious comeback when compared with Q1 (10.8% decrease).

It demonstrates that the expectations and confidences of the foreign investors remain stable and positive after China has rapidly contained the coronavirus epidemic and taken the lead in resuming work and production.

According to data released by MOC, China’s actual use of FDI in April 2020 reached 70.36 billion yuan ($10.14 billion), up 11.8 percent year on year.

In May, China saw FDI in the non-financial sector surge 7.5 percent on a yearly basis to 68.63 billion yuan ($9.87 billion).

In June alone, the total foreign investment actually utilized climbed 7.1 percent year on year to 117 billion yuan ($16.72 billion).

A total of 472.18 billion yuan (around 67.93 billion US dollars) in FDI was used in the first six months of 2020, a year-on-year decrease of 1.3 percent, narrowing by 2.5 percentages than that in the first five months.

In terms of industries, FDI into the high-tech service sector saw faster expansion, with the sector's actually utilized FDI rising 19.2 percent year on year.

FDI in services of information, inspection and detection, and R&D and design, surged by 20.9 percent, 8.7 percent and 35.7 percent, respectively.

In terms of source of FDI, the actual investment from China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Singapore and the United States climbed in H1 2020, up 4.2 percent, 7.8 percent and 6 percent year on year, respectively.

The capital from countries and regions involved in BRI increased by 2.9 percent year on year and that from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) went up 5.9 percent year on year in the first half of 2020.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the fundamentals of China's long-term sound economic growth have not changed and will not change, in a reply letter to global CEOs on July 15, 2020.

He also pledged that China will keep deepening reform and expanding opening-up, and provide a better business environment for the investment and development of Chinese and foreign enterprises.

To ensure the stability of foreign investment, China’s related government departments have rolled out a series of policies and regulations.

For example, MOC has issued several documents such as the Circular on Actively Responding to COVID-19 and Strengthening the Services and Investment Attraction of Foreign Invested Enterprises, the Circular on Responding to COVID-19, Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, and Promoting Consumption, the Circular on Promoting the Orderly Resumption of Work and Production of Enterprises in the Commercial Field on the Premise of Epidemic Prevention, and the Circular on Making Good Use of Special Funds for Domestic and Foreign Trade to Stabilize Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and to Promote Consumption, which have been playing important guiding roles.

In late June, 2020, China promulgated the new negative lists for foreign investment and negative lists for foreign investment access in pilot free trade zones, which will help bolster foreign investment and create a better business environment.

China may see an upward trend in foreign direct investment inflow in the second half of the year, business leaders and analysts said on July 13, 2020.

The reason is that global companies remain bullish on further tapping the world's largest lucrative market, which has strong policy support and resilience, they said.

A survey by American Chamber of Commerce in China shows that, 84 percent of American enterprises surveyed are unwilling to leave China, while 38 percent will maintain or increase investment in the country.

Exxon Mobil, Honeywell, Tesla, Wal-Mart and other companies have been expanding investment or strengthening cooperation with China since 2020.