The Role of the Overseas Chinese in the Sino—Japanese Economic Relationship


The Sino-Japanese economic relationship has greatly intensified over the past 20 years since China began its reform and open-door policies. Today Japan is China’s biggest trading partner. In 2000, China’s trade value with Japan amounted to US$ 83.2 billion: US$ 41.7 billion for exports and US$ 41.5 billion for imports (China’s Customs Statistics, 2000). Japan’s total trade value with China was US$ 85.7 billion: US$ 30.4 billion for exports and US$ 55.3 billion for imports; and China is Japan’s second largest trading partner after the United States (MOF, 2000) (for Sino-Japanese trade see Chapter 2). In terms of investment, Japan ranks third in foreign direct investment (FDI) to China after Hong Kong and the United States. By the end of 2000, the cumu-lative total of Japanese direct investment to China on contract value was US$ 38.8 billion, while the actually used value was US$ 27.8 billion (China’s Latest Economic Indicators, 2001) (for Japanese FDI into China see Chapter 3).


Foreign Direct Investment Japanese Company Direct Investment Joint Venturis Southeast Asian Country 
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