By now it is clear that Germany and China rely on each other for economic growth, and have spent the last decades sending money, electronic goods and managers back and forth to build up their special relationship.
The story of how much German companies export to China is well known. But it is also clear that Chinese investors are moving to Germany, in greater numbers than ever before.
Sometimes they want to access Germany’s high tech, specialized firms. Sometimes they want to use the country, with its pleasant lifestyle and efficient transport network, as a base for the rest of Europe.
And this trend is set to continue.
Data gathered by EY, based on the European Investment Monitor, which records all foreign direct investment projects in which business premises and jobs are formed, shows that Chinese companies invested in 79 projects in Germany last year, up from 68 direct investments in 2013 and 46 the year before. Some 38 percent of all Chinese investments in Europe come to Germany, with Britain, which attracted 40 direct investment projects, in second place.