Slideshow: Chinese investments in the United States

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  • Investment firm Soho China bought 20 percent of the GM Building in New York City for $680 million.

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  • Shanghai Greenland, one of the largest state-owned real estate enterprises, bought $990 million worth of Los Angeles property.

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  • Tencent bought 6 percent of Activision — maker of the popular video game, Call of Duty — for $350 million.

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New data published in the American Enterprise Institute–Heritage Foundation China Global Investment Tracker show that China continues to invest heavily around the world. Outward investment excluding bonds stood at $85 billion in 2013 and is likely to reach $100 billion annually by 2015. Energy, metals, and real estate are the prime targets. The United States in particular received a record of more than $14 billion in Chinese investment in 2013. Although China has shown a pattern of focusing on one region for a time then moving on to the next, the United States could prove to be a viable long-term investment location. The economic benefits of this investment flow are notable, but US policymakers (and those in other countries) should consider national security, the treatment of state-owned enterprises, and reciprocity when deciding to encourage or limit future Chinese investment.

The following are among the largest purchases in the United States made by Chinese entities in 2013.

 

 

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