REPORT

Two-Way Street: 25 Years of US-China Direct Investment

by Thilo Hanemann, Daniel H. Rosen, and Cassie Gao | November 14, 2016

A new report by Rhodium Group and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations provides a detailed picture of two-way direct investment flows between the United States and China, past and present. The report provides policy and business leaders on both sides of the Pacific with a way to better manage this growing element of the bilateral economic relationship.

Two-Way Street makes use of a new transactions-based proprietary database to create a fully comparable picture of American foreign direct investment (FDI) in China and Chinese FDI in the United States from 1990 to 2015. It finds that the depth of FDI integration is greater than commonly thought, and annual patterns are rapidly evolving. FDI is now a two-way street, driven by a complex mix of players and motives, with a diverse industry and geographic composition.

Two-Way Street is the next step in the collaboration between the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Rhodium Group, with support from leading American and Chinese business associations, to better understand this increasingly important dimension of Sino-American relations.

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Download the Executive Summary – Chinese [PDF]

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Access the online interactive to explore the data