Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 29, Issue 8, pp 1396–1410 | Cite as

Location choices of Chinese enterprises in Southeast Asia: The role of overseas Chinese networks

  • Yutian Liang
  • Zhengke Zhou
  • Yi LiuEmail author


With the implementation of the “Going out” strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s investments have become increasingly influential in the global market. The contemporary literature has revealed how overseas Chinese networks and communities have actively promoted foreign investments into China over the past four decades. Whether this factor can help Chinese capital flow out once again is still ambiguous. This study examines this question by investigating Chinese corporate investments in Southeast Asia from 2001 to 2016. Through the discrete-selection logistic regression model, the study analyzes the correlation between overseas Chinese social networks and the location choices of Chinese corporate investments. The results show the following: (1) overall, there is a significant positive correlation between the population of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asian countries and the location choices of Chinese corporate investments; (2) in terms of the time sequence, the significance of the correlation is increasing, which implies that overseas Chinese have positive impacts on promoting the location choice of Chinese enterprises and that the impact is potentially increasing; and (3) in terms of the industrial structure and corporate functions, the impacts vary and are only significant in some industries and corporate segments.


outward foreign direct investment social network overseas Chinese location choice Southeast Asia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Integrated Geographic Information Analysis, School of Geography and PlanningSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulationSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.School of Tourism ManagementSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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