China’s Outward Investment in 2018: 5 point summary

China’s Ministry of Commerce last week released its data for China’s 2018 outward direct investment (ODI). ODI saw a small amount of growth on 2017, but compositionally there were big changes. ODI into North America and Europe plummeted, whilst Belt and Road (BRI) countries saw rises. China is no longer investing primarily in commodities, and more in manufacturing as wages rise at home. Bilateral economic cooperation zones between China and the countries it invests in are becoming important vehicles for Chinese ODI. Global FDI fell by 40% in 2018, in contrast, China bucked the trend by posting broadly stable growth.

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The 2nd Belt and Road Forum: What To Expect From 2019’s Main Event?

Following the inaugural Forum in May 2017, President Xi Jinping announced last month that the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in April 2019. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed, but the Forum will very likely be the major event for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2019.

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Belt and Road Top 10 of 2018: What Happened?

Through 2017, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) became increasingly noticed across the world. The two big events were the inaugural Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing in May 2017, followed by BRI being enshrined into the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party in October 2017. What follows are the top ten things that happened to the Belt and Road Initiative in 2018.

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