Programme Paper

Project: Global Economy and Finance Department

Nora Burghart and Vanessa Rossi
  • Historically, China's overseas direct investment (ODI) into Europe has been very low. However, recent investment trends seem to have shifted the emphasis towards services and this may explain the rapid increase in rates of investment into the UK in particular.
  • London is the strongest magnet for Chinese investment in the UK and indeed Europe. Chinese headquarters are more numerous in London than anywhere else in Europe, underscoring the importance that Chinese and also other foreign investors attach to London and the UK as a gateway to Western markets.