Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Foreign Direct Investment Slows in China, Grows in Other Parts of Asia

Note this interesting graphic from the June 17, 2008 New York Times. On the one hand, the chart shows that in 2007 foreign direct investment (FDI) grew by 14% in China but a whopping 136% in Vietnam and 36% in India.

More dramatically, the chart shows the continued enormous disparity in China's share of FDI compared with India and Vietnam - while China's FDI in 2007 was $80 billion, FDI was under $20 billion in each of India and Vietnam. Interestingly too, note that Vietnam's FDI is at similar levels to India, a much larger country.