On Geopolitics

China's Investments Reveal Its Broader Ambitions

Zhixing Zhang
Senior East Asia Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 16, 2016 | 07:18 GMT
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Pakistani and Chinese workers leave a newly built tunnel in Pakistan's Gojal Valley. China's new interests have set its sights on new destinations for investment.

In November 1979, the Jinghe Share Holding Co. opened its doors in Tokyo, marking China's first overseas investment and the start of the country's transformative economic opening. Today, China has become the world's second-largest investor and biggest supplier of capital. While other markets are in recession, China's economy continues to grow, however slowly. Without question, the gravity of China's economy, coupled with its ever-expanding reach into global affairs, will secure its place of influence in the international system for decades to come. But the sort of presence Beijing seeks abroad is changing. ...

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