China's Outbound Investment Under Spotlight At Summer Davos

- Sep 20, 2018-

TIANJIN - China's outbound investment has become a hot topic at the ongoing Summer Davos 2018 as foreign participants to the annual meeting are eager to know more about the preferences and principles of Chinese investors.

According to the latest projection of the World Economic Forum, outbound investment by Chinese State-backed enterprises and the private sector will reach $2.5 trillion in the next 10 years.

China's official statistics show, however, Chinese investors made $65.27 billion of non-financial outbound direct investment in nearly 4,000 overseas enterprises in 152 countries and regions from January to July. It marked a 14.1 percent increase from the same period a year ago.

In 2017, Chinese investors spent a total of $120 billion on 6,236 businesses from 174 countries and regions, down 29.4 percent from a year earlier, amid government efforts to curb irrational investment overseas.

As there seems to be both huge potential to unleash and mounting challenges to face, the drastic contrast between prediction and reality has sparked the curiosity of participants in a panel discussion themed "China Outbound Investment: A New Playbook?"

At a packed meeting hall in the Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center of Tianjin, venue of the ongoing Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018, moderator Xin Rong, a professor of China Europe International Business School, asked an essential question: What partnerships and practices could yield the most promising results in term of China's outbound investment?

Panelist Pan Xueping, chairman of Jinsheng Group of East China's Jiangsu province, offered his answer: a clear strategic vision and a goal to benefit all relevant parties.

Citing the company's acquisition of Saurer in 2013, a Swiss textile machinery, Pan said it was possible to achieve win-win results, as Saurer's annual sales have surged from 6 billion yuan ($875 million) to 9 billion yuan last year, and more than 200 jobs have been added locally.

Headquartered in the city of Changzhou in Jiangsu province, Jinsheng specializes in high-end manufacturing equipment and operates 77 production factories and branches all over the world.

The conglomerate has expanded its business to more than 132 countries and regions and currently employs about 14,000 people, about half of which are located outside China.

"Before any acquisition and investment, we think it is imperative to have a clear-cut vision and business strategy and a goal to pursue win-win results," said Pan.

Tudor Ulianovschi, minister of foreign affairs and European integration of Moldova, and also a panelist, stressed the balance between investment and social responsibility in outbound investment.