The Commerce Ministry announced Thursday FDI into the mainland rose 5.25 percent to $117.59 billion. It was a turnaround from 2012 when the annual growth rate declined 3.7 percent year-on-year due to China's economic slowdown.
Separately, the country's central bank, the People's Bank of China, said China's foreign exchange reserves jumped to $3.82 trillion in 2013, up nearly $510 billion from 2012 as the country continued to record huge trade surpluses. The year-on-year increase in 2012 was $130 billion.
China is the world's largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. To get an idea of its growth in foreign exchange holdings, China in 1996 had reserves of about $100 billion.
China's trade surplus in 2013 jumped to nearly $260 billion, up 12.8 percent from 2012.