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New Record Year for Chinese Outbound Investment in Europe

16 February 2016


Chinese investment in Europe is now at a record height despite a sense of economic crisis in China and the EU

Chinese direct investment in Europe is continuing to grow rapidly. At the beginning of the year, a new wave of Chinese capital swept into Europe. In the past few weeks alone, a series of Chinese takeovers were made public that ranged from buying up Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta to acquiring North German waste-incineration specialist Energy from Waste. Syngenta’s takeover by ChemChina, a state-owned enterprise, is the largest foreign investment ever made by a Chinese company and is set to cost the firm $43 billion. Last year, Chinese takeovers in the EU-28 reached a record volume of approximately €20 billion, equivalent to an increase of 44 per cent compared to 2014. China has now become one of the main drivers behind global capital flows, growing into one of the three biggest foreign investors in the world. This development has increased the competition for Chinese investment among EU states and could weaken the European Union’s negotiating power with the PRC regarding strategic issues, as Thilo Hanemann and Mikko Huotari found in their analysis of the latest trends in Chinese direct investment in Germany and the rest of the EU. 



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