Private companies in China tend to invest in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Australia. They are acquiring hotels, entertainment firms and real estate. There is also some M and A activity for buying profitable businesses. Investments in developed countries are more profitable.
Average 20-year returns (1995 to 2015) in the commercial real estate slightly outperform the S&P 500 Index, running at around 9.5%. Residential and diversified real estate investments do a bit better, averaging 10.6%. Real estate investment trusts (REITS) perform best, with an average annual return of 11.8%. The S&P 500 Index's average annual return over the past 20 years was approximately 8.6%.
BRI investment was $138 billion and construction was $202 billion. China was investing and constructing in Asia prior to the BRI projects.