WASHINGTON—Chinese investment in the United States dropped to $5 billion in 2019, a slight decrease from a year earlier and the lowest level since the global financial crisis a decade ago, according to a new analysis by the U.S.-China Investment Project.
The analysis attributed the investment slowdown to Chinese restrictions on outbound capital, more regulatory oversight in the United States, slower Chinese economic growth, and rising tensions between the two nations.
Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated in recent weeks as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus has spread across the globe.
President Donald Trump said on May 8 he was undecided about whether to end the so-called Phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal, just hours after top trade officials from both countries pledged to press ahead with implementing it despite the virus economic wreckage.
Trump, who has blamed Chinas handling of the CCP virus outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019 for causing thousands of deaths and millions of job losses in the United States, has threatened to terminate the trade deal if China fails to meet its purchase commitments.
The report, released on May 11, shows that Chinese investment into the United States had slowed even before the pandemic.