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Men sit next to boxes of German carmaker Audi prior to the opening of the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition April 19, 2013.
Men sit next to boxes of German carmaker Audi prior to the opening of the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition April 19, 2013.
(Aly Song/Reuters)

CARL MORTISHED

China set to become net global investor by 2016

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China is fast approaching another watershed. Over the next three years, overseas investment by Chinese enterprises will overtake foreign direct investment into China. Last year the amount invested by Chinese companies abroad reached $77-billion, a 14 per cent increase on 2011 and equal to more than two thirds the amount of incoming spending by foreign companies. The volume of Chinese overseas spending is rising fast, according to A Capital, a Beijing private equity firm, which reckons that Chinese enterprises will spend another $800-billion making the People’s Republic a net global investor by 2016.