Abstract This study deals with an analysis of German FDI in China using the OLI framework, an eclectic framework for analyzing FDI. Other theories that aid in explaining German FDI’s motives and prospects in China are the internalization theory and the product cycle theory. This study is mainly qualitative, using secondary data from existing literature. It suggests that German FDI is guided by internalization advantages, location-specific advantages, and ownership advantages in its motives and prospects in the Chinese market. The internalization advantages for German FDI in China include incentives derived from conducting such FDI in the country over other locations or through exporting. Location-specific advantages are identified as cheap, trained labor, export-oriented nature of existing FDI, quality of local infrastructure, access to natural resources, and cooperation agreements with local suppliers and the Chinese government. Ownership advantages, on the other hand, are identified as technology-based infrastructure and management know-how. INTRODUCTION Foreign Direct Investment has been shifted from Europe to Asia after the year 2000. German FDI has been rapidly increased in China in the year 2003 by increasing outflow of FDI from €800 million in 1995 to €7.9 billion in 2003. More than 1500 German companies trade with China with the total volume of €28 billion. The shift is because, 2/3rd of the German companies are manufacturing firms and companies benefit from the low-cost assembly lines. The estimated market potential in China is more than the Germany’s entire population. Membership of China with WTO in 2001 was a transformational moment in China FDI inflow and outflow which made easy excess to the market and rose the total FDI flow to an estimated 6 % in 2003. But the growing scepticism due to persistent legal uncertainties due to lack of intellectual property right protection and frequent change in regulatory framework, arising regional protectionism and higher cost of professional and legal services. Apart from growing issues the companies are facing higher input cost (price of electricity and raw material) and the increase competition. LITERATURE REVIEW In the recent years China has been the largest recipient of FDI of Germany by taking over Japan. China account for 1.2 % of total Germany FDI. Around two third of the companies are manufacturing firm in automobile, electrical, mechanical and chemical sectors and only 3 percent in service sector. This is because of the cheap availability of resources like labor and raw material. The openness of China to become the member of WTO to increase the inflow and outflow of FDI has been a motivational factor to attract more MNC’s to establish business in China. China have more thriving customers then the entire population of Germany. n crafted by Chen and Reger (2006), German FDI in China has been depicted as one that has become bigger in measure and of higher quality (close by related innovative exercises), with long haul intentions and wide market introduction. German FDI likewise looks for new markets and extends pieces of the pie inside China. The creators second Zhang’s (2005) prior claim for FDI determinants in China, for example, modest, bottomless work, and fare introduction; and included some additionally, including China’s enormous local market, access to regular assets, and authorized duty motivating forces. The exploration approaches utilized by the creators incorporate a mail overview and a database investigation. The work is pertinent to the present investigation as a result of its accentuation on the idea of German FDI in China. In a different report by Pikos (2013), the creator exhibits an examination of the outcomes of FDI for German organizations in China. The creator features the distinctions among the accompanying: FDI in China, FDI somewhere else, and sending out. Whenever size and area action are controlled, credits to FDI in China incorporate turnover, business, net wage, overall revenues, and aggregate resources, to name a few. Though execution is supported through FDI somewhere else, this is however on littler scale. It is noticed that putting resources into China brings about preferable results over doing FDI in another nation, and this is because of China’s huge and quickly developing business sector. The techniques utilized by Pikos (2013) are enlightening and econometric investigation so as to address the examination point. The pertinence of the work to this examination is its depiction of German FDI in China, along these lines supporting the exploration to offer light to the subject. A confinement of the investigation is its attention on area particular components for FDI. Then again, Zhang and van lair Bulcke (1999) express that the extension of FDI and its epitomized innovation are two of the key powers that formed the advancement of the Chinese car industry. Germany is a critical wellspring of internal FDI in China’s car industry, third to Hong Kong and the United States individually. FDI in the car business amid the 80s was very centered around the get together of entire vehicles. In the 1990s, FDI turned out to be very focused on the assembling of parts and segments. Since the Chinese government in the 1990s had strict control of the Greenfield speculation ventures for entire vehicle fabricating, the latecomers experienced very high section boundaries since predominant positions were at that point possessed by early movers. European car multinationals unequivocally impacted the rebuilding of China’s car industry since the 80s. In addition, China’s European auto makers have occupied with participation concurrences with the Chinese government and nearby providers and frequently stretch out specialized and money related help to neighborhood providers. A case of this is a 5-billion Chinese Yuan commitment of Shanghai Volkswagen for localisation stores (Zhang and van sanctum Bulcke, 1999). The approach of Zhang and van nook Bulcke’s (1999) consider is sequential, fundamentally basing from existing optional writing. The examination is significant and pertinent to the subject under scrutiny as it gives valuable and adequate bits of knowledge on the idea of the Chinese car industry and the sequential improvement of European FDI in the nation, which can help in breaking down the present intentions and standpoint of German FDI in China. The exploration impediment is limited inside the investigation’s focus on the Chinese car fabricating industry. This case study asks three questions which were used to analyze the motives and prospects of German operations in China, and forms the body of this study. They are, what seems to motivate German companies in China? To what extent can these motives fall within the OLI paradigm? What are the main obstacles to German investment in China? ANALYSIS China has become one of Germany’s key trading partner and may even become the second largest trading partner after France in the coming year (Georg Erber 2012). Due to increase in labor cost, rate of exchange, taxes and more environment oriented polices the German companies shifted their production to China. The OLI theory stands for Ownership, Location and Internalization which states the advantages perceived by the MNC’s in the entry decision. Ownership Advantages Ownership advantages help the companies to overcome the liabilities of foreignness. This variable tends to compensate the additional cost associated in establishing and operating the business (Dunning, 1988). The more advanced technology gives them the comparative advantages over the China. The intangible assets owned by the MNC’s like company reputation, brand image gives them advantages over the competitors. Location Advantages The location advantages in China which are more appealing to the German companies are. Resource advantages- The availability of cheap labor and resources helps the company in managing the low-cost assembly line. The availability of resources in China helps the company to increase the efficiency of their production. Market Size- There are more prosperous consumers in China which give the more potential customer base in the country. Membership with WTO- The membership with WTO in 2007 has been a major driving force for the German Companies to do more FDI in China. The political advantage includes the policies which have the direct impact on the FDI. Example- China has more lenient environment rules and regulation as compared to Germany. Internalization Advantages This advantage helps the company in keeping the international expansion within the company or consider a contract with the third party which help in protecting the assets of the company. The technological advantages of the company is protected by this advantage. By producing in China where production cost I low while protecting their assets gives the company to produce more by cutting the cost. Results and Discussions Despite of the all the advantages about half of the German companies are satisfied with the implementation of the rules and regulation due to growing scepticism. Protection of Intellectual Property Right The government of China has lagged behind to protect the IPR such as trademark, brand name, logo which has resulted in losing their competitive advantages in the China. The membership of Germany with OECD in 1960 has helped in protecting the intangible property of the companies. Due to increase in political uncertainties in China has not been able to protect the IPR of the German MNC’s. High Input Price Bureaucratic inefficiency has direct impact on the increasing rates of the electricity and raw materials. This has decreased the rate of achieving profits. The increased price of raw materials has decreased the profits margins of the products. The high cost of professional services has also been a major problem faced by the German companies. Competition The attractiveness of Chinese market has resulted in high competition for German companies. The increasing in competition has resulted in more advancement of technologies in the local companies. Other dollar bloc countries and Asian countries has increased the competition because in China there is more customer base. Political inefficiency Political inefficiency has caused major problem to conduct business in China by frequently changing the regulatory framework of policies. The bureaucratic inefficiency has resulted in making the logistic management more complex. The government is inefficient in providing the customer information and clarity in the policy. According to the Shanghai office of German Chamber of Commerce two third of the German companies are not satisfied with the regulation. On the other hand, more German companies are investing in China. The total FDI flow rose to approx. 6 percent in 2003 as compared to mid-1990. The growing challenges in China has not stopped the German companies to invest. The Chinese market will remain the attractive for German operations. The drawback of this is the business condition will undoubtedly be looked with expanded rivalry, a discerning result of the engaging quality of the market (Business Forum China 2008). It along these lines puts a request on German operations to hone their aggressive edge and extend their speculation reach, in and past China to other Asian nations. Review respondents as per GIC uncovers that diverse German operations are trust that there will be a change in provider quality, current quality levels in such manner adds to their inspirational desires for a considerable length of time to come. Large MNC’s had made investment in China for launching new projects. Conclusion This research report deals with analyzing the motives and prospects of German FDI in China within the OLI framework. The OLI framework is an eclectic framework that accommodates other theories of FDI and explains the intentions and outlook of MNEs to engage in FDI in China. The motives and prospects of German FDI to continuously seek to invest in Chinese market is propelled by internalization advantages (e.g. incentives through conducting FDI in China rather than elsewhere or through exporting); location-specific advantages (e.g. cheap trained labour, export-orientation of FDI; access to natural resources; quality of local infrastructure; cooperation agreements with the central and local governments and local suppliers); and ownership-specific advantages (e.g. management know-how; technology-based infrastructure). The rapidly growing globalized market ushers the German FDI to continuously seek newer FDI prospects within China, beset by the growing competition and search for competitive advantages.