China News recently reported that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce just released the official 2014 report on foreign investments. A very important pattern showed that major traditional foreign investors, namely Japan, the United States, the European Union and ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has 10 member countries), demonstrated a significant decline in their investments in China. In terms of year-over-year decline rates, Japan’s was 38.8 percent, the U.S. was 20.6 percent, the EU was 5.3 percent, and ASEAN was 23.8 percent. Also in the same report, the manufacturing industry sector saw a 12.3 percent foreign investment decline. In the meantime, investments from South Korea and Britain had an increase. The Middle Region of China had the highest increase in absorbing investments (7.5 percent).
Source: China News, January 15, 2015