In the US we often talk about the huge Chinese consumer market, but it is interesting to see that China invested $4.05 billion in the US in 2012, 123.5% up from 2011 according to data released by the Chinese government in September 2013. That $4.05 billion is less than 5% of the total overseas investment by China globally.  Private sector investment observers indicate that the 2013 outbound investment to the US will be much higher than in 2012 as well.