[Explanation] On June 17, the Ministry of Commerce held a regular press conference.

According to Gao Feng, spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, since 2021, China has achieved rapid growth in attracting foreign investment.

  [Concurrent] Gao Feng, spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce

  In the first five months of this year (2021), the actual use of foreign capital nationwide was 481 billion yuan (excluding banking, securities, and insurance), a year-on-year increase of 35.4% and a year-on-year increase of 30.3%.

Judging from the situation in the first five months of this year, foreign investors continue to be optimistic about China's economic development prospects and the huge potential of the Chinese market.

  [Explanation] Gao Feng introduced that the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China recently released the "2021 Business Confidence Survey" report, which shows that among the interviewed companies, 73% of the companies have achieved profitability in 2020, and about 68% of the companies are interested in their industry in the next two years. The business prospects of the company are optimistic. 60% of the companies plan to expand their business in China this year, and a quarter of the companies are or will strengthen their supply chains in China.

  [Concurrent] Gao Feng, spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce

  (2021) The actual EU investment in China in the first five months increased by 16.8% year-on-year.

Investors from various countries, including European companies, have demonstrated with practical actions that China is still an important destination for global foreign investment.

  [Explanation] In terms of foreign investment and cooperation, in the first five months of 2021, China's investment in the countries along the "Belt and Road" has increased rapidly, and the contracted projects are progressing steadily.

Outbound investment in many fields continued to grow, and local outbound investment accounted for nearly 80%.

In addition, China's bilateral trade with major trading partners such as the European Union and the United States has also maintained a good momentum of development.

  [Concurrent] Gao Feng, spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce

  (2021) From January to May, my country's (China) non-financial direct investment in countries along the "Belt and Road" was 7.43 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 13.8%, accounting for 17.2% of the total in the same period, an increase of 1.7% over the previous year.

In terms of the composition of domestic investors, the direct foreign non-financial direct investment of local enterprises was US$32.75 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.8%, accounting for 75.7% of the total foreign investment in the same period.

In the first five months (2021), China's bilateral trade with major trading partners such as the European Union and the United States has fully demonstrated the resilience and potential of China's bilateral economic and trade relations with major trading partners.

  Reporting from Beijing by reporter Lang Jiahui

Editor in charge: [Li Yuxin]

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