Chinese foreign investment takes a direct route

New priorities and lessons learned will shape China's approach to overseas investment in natural resources, although size will continue to matter.

Chinese foreign investment takes a direct route
Purchases of foreign firms such as Canada's Nexen have attracted too much controversy for China's liking

China’s outbound investment into resource and energy assets is likely to undergo a shift in form, direction and scale during the next few years. Nationalist resistance to earlier high-profile acquisitions and tougher regulatory inspection in traditional target countries, as well as a shift in domestic priorities, will determine new strategies.

“Although Australia and North America will remain the most important destinations for acquisitive Chinese companies and state-owned enterprises SOEs, other regions such as...

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