The Globalization of the Industry: Chinese Inward and Outward FDIs

Tommaso, Marco R. Di, Francesca Spigarelli, Elisa Barbieri, and Lauretta Rubini
Publication Date: 
July 1st, 2020

This chapter describes how Western and domestic firms are competing in the various sub-segments of the Chinese healthcare market. It begins by looking at China’s “Open Door” policy and the impact of foreign direct investments (FDI) in China by Western multinationals. It then considers recent trends in China’s expansion abroad through FDI. The chapter analyzes various cases to understand the motives behind the growing integration of the Chinese healthcare industry in the global value chain. The chapter also addresses the challenges for Chinese firms on the global market and the opportunities that China’s healthcare industry can bring to foreign investors.

This book chapter appears in The Globalization of China’s Health Industry, edited by Marco R. Di Tommaso et. al, 99-140. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Noire information about this book is available here: