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China as a Global Investor

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China as a Global Investor

Brookings Institution,

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The rise of China as the dominant global creditor raises important issues for the rest of the world

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China’s imminent emergence as the world’s dominant investor raises substantial concerns. For instance, the country diverges from global norms on matters of governance by the rule of law, enforcement of international environmental and human safety measures, and foreign-investment reciprocity. This articulate and insightful analysis by David Dollar of the Brookings Institute provides a framework for viewing the future evolution and challenges of China’s global investment strategies. getAbstract recommends Dollar’s report to policy makers, investors and others with an interest in what China’s creditor ascendance portends.


China, while still a developing country, is “the second-largest net creditor” in 2016 and on a fast track to becoming the biggest global investor by 2020. Its impending world dominance in investments poses questions about how Chinese practices compare to traditional foreign investment conventions, how China’s strategies might change between 2016 and 2020, and what the implications of a reshaped investment topography are for Sino-American relations.

China’s investment practices differ from those of other nations in three ways: 1) China has a large presence in “poor governance environments...

About the Author

David Dollar is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. He was the US Treasury’s Economic and Financial Emissary to China from 2009 to 2013.

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