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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a state-sponsored transnational infrastructure development project – has spawned Chinese real estate investors’ interest in Southeast Asian markets. Wenyang Zhang, a reporter at the Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer, delves into Chinese investors’ strategies and challenges. getAbstract recommends this article to real estate investors and those who are considering buying a holiday or retirement home in Southeast Asia.

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Wenyang Zhang is a reporter at the news department of the Chinese-language newspaper The Economic Observer.



Chinese real estate investors searching for investment opportunities overseas are turning their gaze toward Southeast Asia. Countries in the region that will benefit from infrastructure investments as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – such as Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar – have become investors’ “new favorites.” Thailand has become the third-most popular destination for Chinese real estate investors, trailing behind the United States and Australia.

Distinct traits characterize the three types of Chinese real estate investors in Southeast Asia:

  1. High-end real estate investors – These investors already own overseas properties and have large cash reserves. They invest in first-tier cities and purchase villas and mansions. Many of these investors are real estate hedge funds and speculators.
  2. Mid-class investors with previous overseas investment experience – These investors...