Readers of this blog know my appreciation for interesting maps. And — lucky for me — Foreign Policy has just published a really nice one tracking China’s resource spending spree over the past few years as part of its July/August issue. After watching the China Investment Corporation’s mad resource rush over the past few years, it’s very useful to have some of this data mapped out.
Of particular note is the sheer scale of resource investing. This map shows that the Chinese government has made $350 billion in resource investments around the world over the past four years alone. That’s remarkable. Anyway, here is the description by FP and the map:
“China isn’t just investing in minerals, oil, and other raw goods — it’s buying diplomatic favors and loyalty, too. Chinese investment by region, 2005-2009, in billions of dollars:”