Beijing: Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China fell in May for the eighth straight month as the global economic crisis battered trade and corporate finance, the Commerce Ministry said Monday.
FDI in May totaled $6.4 billion, down 17.8% from the same month last year, while the number of new approved foreign companies reached 1,649, down 32% year-on-year, ministry spokesman Yao Jian said at a news conference.
It was the first time since the 1998 Asian financial crisis that three top investment indicators — actual foreign direct investment, contractual foreign investment and new approved foreign companies — all declined, Yao said.
China is a top destination for investment but companies have canceled or postponed spending on factories and other assets due to weakening trade and the global financial turmoil.
FDI last year rose 23.6% from 2007 to $92.4 billion, though growth began to weaken toward the end of the year.