Journal Article

China’s Investments in Germany and the Role of COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Xia
  • X.
  • Liu
  • W.-H.
Publication Date

This paper analyses how China’s investments in Germany have developed over time and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in this regard, based on four different datasets, including our own survey in mid-2020. Our analysis shows that Germany is nowadays one of the most attractive investment destinations for Chinese investors. Chinese state-owned enterprises have played an important role as investors in Germany – particularly in large-scale projects. The COVID-19 pandemic has some negative but rather temporary impact on Chinese investments in Germany. Germany is expected to stay attractive to Chinese investments that seek to gain access to advanced technologies and know-how in the future.

Kiel Institute Expert


JEL Classification
F21, F23

Key Words

  • China
  • Covid-19
  • foreign direct investment