China's 2018 FDI hits a record high
Updated 16:54, 17-Jan-2019
By Wang Hui
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said overseas companies are showing more confidence in investing in the country, with foreign direct investment (FDI) in particular hit a record high for 2018.
In a year when overseas markets pose concerns for the global economy, many of them still continue to invest in China. MOFCOM said FDI in China rose three percent in 2018, to 134.97 billion U.S. dollars. December alone saw a 23.2 percent jump of nearly 14 billion U.S. dollars.
Investment in China's manufacturing industry contributed over 30 percent to the total FDI. And investment in high-tech areas saw particularly fast growth: 35 percent year-on-year.
"International capitals speak highly about China's high-quality development. As Chinese people are pursuing higher-quality lives, the country's economic structure will head towards high-end products. So, I think foreign investors will invest in and benefit from this huge and strong market," said Tang Wenhong, a senior official with MOFCOM.
Monday's data showed investment from the U.S. and the European Union went up by 7.7 percent and 23 percent, respectively, and the FDI from countries along the Belt and Road routes surged 13 percent.
The country saw nearly 1,700 major FDI projects with contract value above 50 million dollars, up 23.3 percent from the previous year. Beijing said this figure signals a bumper harvest in FDI for the next year. 
"Investment in big projects saw a 23 percent growth, which is a leading indicator and a good sign. It also shows that foreign investors are fully confident about the Chinese market," said Tang.