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Chinese investment in US declines 73% in 2018 - Reuters

According to Reuters, Chinese investment in the domestic US collapsed -73% as the two countries' tariff spat continues to see escalating real-world effects, with US restrictions sapping foreign money access to US companies and China's clampdown on escaping capital from the mainland.

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Chinese foreign direct investment into North America and Europe fell by 73 percent to a six-year low last year as the United States tightened scrutiny of deals and Chinese restrictions on outbound investment bit, law firm Baker & McKenzie said.

Completed Chinese FDI deals in the two Western regions fell to $30 billion in 2018 from $111 billion the year before, Baker & McKenzie said in a report prepared with research firm Rhodium Group.

“Some deals are still getting done despite new investment screening regulations, trade tensions and Chinese investment controls,” said Michael DeFranco, global head of M&A at Baker McKenzie.

“But all parties in a prospective transaction need to conduct plenty of due diligence and take in-depth regulatory advice to assess if a deal is viable.”

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