Upstream voyage

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It turns out that China has undiminished enthusiasm in participating in the global economy. Be it increased scrutiny accompanied by the trade war, or the economic downturn in some countries caught in the throes of the pandemic, Chinese investors are making their way upstream despite it all. This issue takes a closer look at the latest trends from global legal markets to grasp the pulse of Chinese outbound investment.

Upstream voyage, CBLJ Sept 2020According to the Ministry of Commerce, non-financial outward direct investment by Chinese enterprises in the Belt and Road Initiative countries grew faster than in 2019, reaching US$13 billion in the first nine months of 2020, a 29.7% growth over the same period last year.

Our cover story, The great outflow?, offers a sweeping view of Chinese capital’s global footprint in these times of exceptional uncertainty. From Germany to Israel, Kazakhstan to Morocco, Brazil to Vietnam, leading lawyers in both mature and frontier markets discuss trends in Chinese investment in their home jurisdictions and share insights into the opportunities and challenges of these countries.

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