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Lianhe Zaobao: China’s Actual Use of Foreign Capital in the First Five Months Declined

Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that China’s actual use of foreign capital fell 28.2 percent year-over-year in the first five months of this year, showing that the Chinese government still faces challenges in attracting overseas investment to boost the economy. Data just released by China’s Ministry of Commerce shows that, the actual use of foreign capital in the first four months fell by 27.9 percent year-over-year, and the decline in May further widened. The downward trend in China’s actual use of foreign capital began in June last year, reflecting a decline of 12 consecutive months. China’s business environment is unstable and economic growth prospects are bleak, with overseas capital inflows experiencing a historic decline. The continued decline in foreign direct investment shows that China is no longer attractive to foreign investors. Although foreign investors have not completely withdrawn investment in China, the number has become smaller and smaller. When Chinese Premier Li Qiang held an executive meeting of the State Council on February 23, he said that stabilizing foreign investment should be an important focus of economic work this year.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, June 22, 2024