China's economy is recovering quickly; foreign investments rise to record levels

China's economy grew despite the global pandemic, with foreign investments peaking in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Alfred Lee

22 Jan, 2021

China's economy is recovering quickly; foreign investments rise to record levels | BEAMSTART News

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China's economy continues to strengthen as the country recovers from the global pandemic.

Earlier this week, China's Ministry of Commerce confirmed an economic growth rate of 2.3% for the year 2020 compared to the year earlier, with a sharp rise in the fourth quarter to 6.5%. 

The ministry also confirmed China had its highest recorded foreign direct investments (FDI) levels since 1983, peaking at $144.37 billion for the year 2020 — 4.5% higher than 2019.

Just in December 2020 alone, FDI rose to $14.9 billion, 8.4% higher than December 2019.

Shanghai City at night.

With relationships between China and the US deteriorating over the past few years, Beijing has stepped up in courting investors from other countries.

China has also added 127 new industries in which foreign investments are now allowed, bringing the total to 1,235 industries — mostly in investment-starved areas in China's central, western, and northeastern regions. 

“China in 2020 successfully responded to the severe impact of the global pandemic, completing the goal of stabilising foreign investments against the background of a sharp decline in global cross-border direct investment, while increasing its total amount, growth rate and global share,” the Ministry of Commerce said.

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