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Asia logistics attracts billions as post-pandemic winner

Foreign funds rush to acquire distribution centers amid e-commerce boom

Chinese logistics centers, like this one in Nanjing, have become a hot commodity for yield-seeking investors.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As China shakes off the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, investors have flocked to funds focused on logistics facilities there and elsewhere in Asia, anticipating that growth in e-commerce will drive strong demand even after the pandemic.

Singapore-based GLP last month closed a $2.1 billion fund with a portfolio of 34 properties across 18 Chinese cities. Participants include seven Chinese institutional investors, six of which are new clients of the logistics expert, hinting at keen interest in the field as an investing theme.

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