China Global Investment Tracker

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China Global Investment Tracker

May 26, 2009 2 min read
Derek Scissors
Former Senior Research Fellow
Derek is a former Senior Research Fellow.

The 2011 edition of the China Global Investment Tracker has been released. Please visit for updated charts and data.

Updated July 7, 2009

China's role in the global financial arena is increasingly important to the United States and the international community. In spring 2009, Chinese foreign investment began to recover from the financial crisis. The China Global Investment Tracker created by The Heritage Foundation is the only publicly available, comprehensive dataset of large Chinese investments and contracts around the world. Details are available on all attempted transactions -- failed and successful -- over $100 million in all industries, including energy, transportation and banking.

Map of Chinese Investments

Chinese investment and business contracts now span the globe. More business of these types is being done with Africa and the Arab world than with China's traditional partners in East Asia.

China's failed Global Grasp

China's investment total could be higher. Tens of billions of dollars in proposed spending have been rejected by Chinese or foreign regulators or simply fallen through.

Download the dataset on large Chinese foreign investments: China Global Investment Tracker

For more information on the growing Chinese investments:

Chinese Foreign Investment: Insist on Transparency
China holds more than $1 trillion in American bonds. According to the new Heritage Foundation database on recent Chinese foreign non-bond investment, China has invested more than $15 billion in the U.S. in addition to bonds. China's SAFE is the largest foreign investor in the U.S., but has refused to make its activities more transparent. An American priority should be to enhance transparency in SAFE's spending.

China Humming a Sweet Tune
A Chinese company is buying Hummer, a unit of GM. The key to the deal is transparency, both in the commercial element and any U.S. national security element.

Misses As Well As Hits
China's biggest investment yet turns into its biggest investment failure yet, when China Aluminum's $20 billion offer for 20% of metals giant Rio Tinto is stalled by Australian regulators, criticized by stockholders, and ultimately rejected.


Derek Scissors

Former Senior Research Fellow