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Chinese Investment in Europe Up By a Third Last Year: Report

  • Total investment still well below peak in 2016, report shows
  • Rising greenfield and venture capital can’t offset M&A decline
The Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd factory in Arnstadt, Germany.

The Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd factory in Arnstadt, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chinese investment into Europe in 2021 increased by a third from a record low seen in the first year of the pandemic, driven by a combination of acquisitions and greenfield transactions.

Completed Chinese foreign direct investment in Europe last year increased to 10.6 billion euros ($11.3 billion), Rhodium Group and the Mercator Institute for China Studies said in a report. While that compared with 7.9 billion euros in 2020, it remained well below the peak seen in 2016 as tight capital controls in China and additional European investment screening slowed deals.