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If you still view China as the sweatshop capital of the world, it’s time to refresh your mental image; China is changing fast. While the nation used cheap land and labor to become the world’s manufacturing hub, it’s now spending the money it has banked. China invested $163 billion overseas in 2013, a sum that is likely to rise in the future. In this easy-to-digest report, the Economist Intelligence Unit shows where and how Chinese investors spend their money. getAbstract suggests this analysis to investors and policy makers for its insight into Chinese investment patterns.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis organization.



China has emerged as a major player in outbound direct investment (ODI). The push to move money overseas is so strong that Chinese leaders use the phrase “Go Global” to urge investors to spread their wings abroad. Such an aggressive strategy of ODI was unthinkable in 1984, when a group of Chinese engineers launched a company to resell televisions with $25,000. That start-up became Lenovo, which in 2005 paid $1.75 billion for IBM’s personal computer unit. China’s ODI has soared from $2 billion in 2004 to $163 billion in 2013. This trend marks a new era for China, which for years had focused on attracting foreign direct investment (...

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