China has crossed a major investment threshold that is going to change the entire worldBack in October, the Financial Times wrote that China’s outbound investment will soon surpass the amount invested inside the country, marking a new step in the rise of this new economic power. “This is just a matter of time; if it doesn’t happen this year then it will happen in the very near future,” Zhang Xiangchen, China’s assistant minister of commerce, told the paper. Not only China is on the verge of becoming a net exporter of capital, it has already overtaken its Western counterparts as a primary source of credit for the developing world. And from this financial prominence it will likely want to exercise political influence, too. In other words, China’s foreign investment is coming soon to a country near you! And it’s going to change the entire world. Here’s a summary of China’s progress so far: China investments’ abroad are massive, amounting to $870 billion at the end of last year, according to data released by the Heritage Foundation, an American research institute. This map below, also from the Heritage Foundation, shows the current reach of Chinese investments. The larger the pie, the bigger the investment.  The United States leads the way, having received a little more than $72 billion since 2007. Of these, the most recent and largest share is in capital investments, showing that Chinese investors are going after stocks as much as commodities and real estate. Australia’s wealthy metal sector has also received attentions over the year, totalling more than $30 billion that Chinese corporations invested in mining companies and projects Down Under. The latest wave of investments has also come to Britain and its property and real estate sector. It “[…] will further accelerate the flow of outbound capital from China, in particular into favoured markets like Australia, the US and the UK,” Alistair Meadows, head of international capital in Asia-Pacific for JLL, the real estate investment consultancy, told the FT. Almost half of the worldwide investments, about $395 billion, are in the energy sector. This makes sense as China is more and more in search of foreign energy sources to sustain its growing pace. In 2013, China imported nearly 60% of its oil and 30% of its gas, Foreign Affairs reported. More