Foreigners poured money into China as the world struggled with the coronavirus pandemic

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  • In the capital city of Beijing, foreign investors claimed more than a third of commercial real estate deals last year, property manager JLL said Thursday.
  • Foreign direct investment and overseas purchases of Chinese bonds also hit records in 2020, according to estimates from Macquarie.
  • Beijing would like to attract more foreign capital, but many concerns for investors remain.

BEIJING — Foreigners put more of their money in China last year as the country’s size and growth stood out in a world still trying to manage the coronavirus pandemic.

In the capital city of Beijing, foreign investors claimed more than a third of commercial real estate deals, an increase from prior years, property manager JLL said Thursday.

“Beijing is expected to remain a strong choice for foreign investors, particularly as the nation’s capital is predicted to see more signs of recovery sooner than most other major markets overseas,” Michael Wang, senior director of capital markets for JLL North China, said in a release.

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Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The disease spread overseas and became a global pandemic within months. However, the outbreak stalled within China by the second quarter after authorities imposed strict measures to limit human contact. The government eased restrictions as local Covid cases dwindled, and China is expected to be the only major economy to post growth for 2020.

The Chinese government would like to attract more foreign capital, whether in business projects or the local financial markets. Such participation contributes to international use of the Chinese currency, while foreign businesses bring jobs, tax income and expertise to the local market.

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