China has become the world’s second largest economy, yet the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations reports that China lags behind Ireland and Singapore in the amount spent on outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI). In 2014, we saw more Chinese ODI transactions into the United States coming from small-and-medium-size enterprises (SMEs), and that trend looks to continue for 2015. What current outbound investment trends should U.S. companies — particularly U.S. manufacturers — be watching and planning for in the near future?