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China's ODI down 38.8 pct in May
Last Updated: 2017-06-19 07:18 | Xinhua
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China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) dropped 38.8 percent year on year to 8.22 billion U.S. dollars in May, official data showed Friday.

In the first five months of this year, the country's non-financial ODI dropped 53 percent year on year to 34.59 billion U.S. dollars, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Chinese companies invested in 3,121 overseas enterprises in 145 countries and regions from January to May, data showed.

Commercial services, manufacturing and information transmission as well as software and information technology industries took the lead in investment value.

Outbound investment to countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative accounted for 14.4 percent of the total ODI in the first five months, up 6.7 percentage points from the same period of 2016.

China's direct investment to Africa increased 15.2 percent year on year during the January-May period this year.

In the first five months, engineering contracts totaling 75.4 billion U.S. dollars were signed between Chinese companies and overseas partners, down 0.1 percent year on year.

More than half of the contract value came from 2,128 new contracts for overseas engineering projects signed with 61 countries along the Belt and Road.

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