The Global Footprint of China’s Corporates

Mainland China’s corporate footprint and recent leasing activity reveals the global geography of Chinese firms, with global gateways, rapidly growing consumer markets, and innovation and talent hotspots seeing increasing activity.

Regions to Watch

1. South and South East Asia

The rapidly growing markets of South and Southeast Asia – led by Jakarta, Bangkok and Delhi – are attractive target markets for China’s corporates. Rapidly growing consumer classes and youthful demographics, coupled with growing digital adoption, present huge opportunities for e-commerce, consumer goods, and online players.

2. Innovator Cities

A national-level policy shift towards innovative sectors like the ‘Made in China 2025’ programme means that there will likely be increasing interest in leading innovation locations and global talent hotspots. Already Silicon Valley has become a key R&D hub for Chinese firms, with the likes of Seattle, Munich, Dusseldorf and Madrid also targeted for their expertise. While China is catching up globally in the entrepreneurship and consumer spheres, there is still a gap to make up in terms of science and advanced engineering.

3. The Belt and Road

Further corporate expansion is expected along the various routes of the BRI. Alongside South and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and East Africa, will be the main target locations for Chinese corporations, in particular state-owned enterprises. This key national policy has been enshrined in the constitution, and is set to drive Chinese overseas engagement for years to come.

Explore China’s Global investment, leasing and corporate activity with our interactive map below.

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