Chinese outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) dropped sharply in 2017 for the first time in more than a decade due to stricter Chinese controls on outbound flows as well as increasing foreign regulatory pushback against Chinese takeovers. Chinese outbound investment has since stabilized, but with the balance in advanced economy flows shifting from North America to Europe. In the first six months of 2018 this shift accelerated.

Our latest report, Divergent Paths: Chinese FDI in Europe and North America, looks at the key drivers of the shifting investment pattern, how discrepancies in newly announced deal activity are even larger, and the extent to which Chinese and overseas regulatory policies are responsible for the divergence.

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