This study uses the precedent of Japanese FDI in the United States in the 1980s to gauge China's potential investment strategies in the contemporary United States. Japanese FDI went from less than $1 billion a year in the early 1980s to more than $18 billion in 1990. While Japanese investment in the United States was initially on uncertain ground, its companies adapted and gained stature in America.
Chinese companies may learn from Japanese patterns of investment at this time. The report examines whether the parallels are similar enough to provide a roadmap for Chinese investment, and if they can foresee potential investment challenges. By examining this case history, Chinese companies can smoothly integrate into the U.S. business world.