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A number of conspicuous acquisitions, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and auto manufacturer Volvo, give the impression that the Chinese are soaking up companies in the West at a rabid pace. But the reality is more nuanced, as this discerning report from the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals. While China’s overseas direct investment is likely to grow, its businesses face significant hurdles in their forays into developed markets. getAbstract recommends this smart study to investment bankers, corporate executives and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Chinese companies have become more active in overseas direct investment (ODI) in developed markets,
  • How Chinese ODI has evolved and
  • What the future may hold for Chinese ODI in the advance economies.

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China is intensifying overseas direct investment (ODI) into developed markets. Until 2004, China’s ODI activity was minimal. In 2014, China’s investments in America surpassed US firms’ deals in China for the first time, and estimates predicted that that year’s total ODI would top $120 billion. Yet Chinese...

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