China Review News (CRN) recently published an article discussing key issues related to China’s overseas investments. The article referred to the World Investment Report 2011 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which indicated that the total for all global overseas investments in 2010 was US$1.32 trillion. China’s direct overseas investments ranked number five in this report, surpassing traditional investors such as Japan and Britain. Enterprises owned by China’s central government were the primary force in overseas investments. However these investments also experienced a large amount of losses. Since last May, the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SAC) has released two risk management regulations. SAC recently issued a new order to further control the risks by banning state-owned companies from investing outside of their primary line of business. The article also pointed out another key issue. China lacks a global strategy to balance investments in the areas of research, manufacturing, sales, resources, trade, finance, and information.
Source: China Review News, April 14, 2012