China Global Investment Tracker

Written by Derek Scissors

May 26, 2009
by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. White Paper

China's role in the global financial arena is becoming increasingly important to the United States and the worldwide community. The China Global Investment Tracker created by The Heritage Foundation is the only available comprehensive dataset relating to large Chinese foreign investments and construction contracts in all areas of the world. Details are available on all attempted transactions over $100 million--both failed and successful -- in a variety of industries, including energy, transportation and banking.


Chinese investment and business contracts now span the globe. More business of these types is being done with Africa and the Arab world than with China's traditional partners in East Asia.


China's investment total could be higher. Tens of billions of dollars in proposed spending have been rejected by Chinese or foreign regulators or simply fallen through.

Download the dataset on large Chinese foreign investments: Chinese Outward Investment

For more information on the growing Chinese investments in the rest of the world:

Chinese Foreign Investment: Insist on Transparency
By Derek Scissors, Ph.D.,
Backgrounder #2237

China holds more than $1 trillion in American bonds. According to the new Heritage Foundation database on recent Chinese foreign non-bond investment, China has invested more than $15 billion in the U.S. in addition to bonds. China's SAFE is the largest foreign investor in the U.S., but has refused to make its activities more transparent. An American priority should be to enhance transparency in SAFE's spending.

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