Beijing: The foreign direct investment (FDI) China attracted in November dropped 9.76 percent year-on-year to USD 8.76 billion, authorities said Thursday.
In November, China approved the establishment of 2,718 foreign-invested companies, down 12.91 percent from a year earlier, said Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Shen Danyang.
The November figure brought the total FDI in the first 11 months to USD 103.77 billion, up 13.15 percent year-on-year, reported Xinhua.
During the same period, the country approved the establishment of 25,086 foreign-invested companies, up 3.23 percent year-on-year, said Shen.
Shen said that the FDI in China retained the momentum of rapid growth in the first 11 months, though the figure in a single month could be affected by the progress of certain projects.
He said the country will maintain its advantage for attracting foreign investment in the long run, because "with the steady and relatively rapid growth of China's economy, the country's market potential is progressively being unleashed, industrial supporting capabilities are increasingly strengthened and the environment for foreign investment has been constantly improving. China's long term is coming into being".
Capital inflow from 10 Asian nations and regions, including Japan, Thailand and Singapore, climbed 17.98 percent in the first 11 months to USD 89.59 billion, while investment from the EU rose 0.29 percent to reach USD 5.98 billion during the period.
FDI from the US declined further by dropping 23.05 percent year-on-year to USD 2.74 billion in the first 11 months, compared with a drop of 18.13 percent during the January-October period.
"Many reasons have caused the decline in FDI from the US, but the most important one is its weak economic growth, which impaired the capacity of foreign investment," Shen said.
Another reason is that the US government has encouraged inbound investment, according to Shen.
The country's outbound direct investment, excluding that of the financial sector, rose 5.2 percent year-on-year to USD 50.01 billion in the first 11 months, Shen said.
First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 10:19