EU and their investment in China

European countries are major investors in China, with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands among the top 10 foreign direct investors. While the European debt crisis appears to be spreading, shifting investment to China, the most populous nation and the fastest-growing economy worldwide, could be a good choice for European investors to offset risks at home, said Wang Zhile, director of the Research Center for Transnational Corporations with the Ministry of Commerce.

From January to May, investment in China by the 27 European nations from the bloc grew by 9 percent to $2.93 billion, while the capital inflow from the United States to China decreased 24.1 percent to $1.29 billion. From January to June, China-EU trade grew 21.3 percent year-on-year to $265.9 billion, according to the General Administration of Customs.


China Trade Surplus gap widens

China’s trade surplus last month was the biggest this year and the widest June gap since 2007. Exports climbed 17.9%, the least since December after excluding seasonal distortions from the Chinese New Year holiday, to a record $162 billion.

Imports jumped 19.3% to $139.7 billion, the customs bureau said, the weakest expansion since gains resumed in November 2009 after a year-long decline. Analysts’ median forecasts were for an 18.6% gain in overseas shipments and a 25.3% increase in imports.