Eastern China accounts for most of the provincial GDP. Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Guangdong are the major provinces of Eastern China. Better sea connectivity has boosted manufacturing in these provinces.
Hong Kong remained the major investor in China in 2017, with growth of 16.01% in investment from 2016. Investment from the Netherlands to China grew 291.10% from US$0.56 bn in 2016 to US$2.17 bn in 2017.
Services contributed 51.57% to the gross value added (GVA) in 2018, followed by manufacturing, mining and utilities with 33.9%, as per the estimations of GlobalData. In nominal terms, the two sectors are expected to grow by 9.5% and 8.8% respectively in 2019.
The SSE Composite Index, widely considered a benchmark of the overall performance of stocks listed in the Shanghai stock market, has exhibited a declining trend. As of January 17, 2019, the SSE Composite Index stood at 2559.64, compared to 3444.67 in January 17, 2018.