Worldwide investment patterns of Chinese investors are ever-shifting.
The United States is the steadiest destination for new investment, increasing 28 times during the period 2011-2016, from $2.45 billion to $70.11 billion. Investment in the US technology industry, specifically related to IBM and Motorola, dramatically boosted Chinese investment in the industry from $740 million in 2013 to $11.09 billion in 2016. The US real estate, energy, and tourism industries have been more consistent investment choices; even within real estate, however, there were sizeable property acquisitions that increased total investment in 2016 in the industry $3 billion above the 2015 level of $3.6 billion. The gains in technology, real estate and even energy in 2014 compensated for the single-year peak in agriculture in 2013 caused by Shanghai's $7.1 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods, reportedly the world's largest pork producer and processor.