However, here occurs the issue of different data throughout the various sources. That can be seen in the figure number nine, which uses the data from official Chinese source. Comparison with Chinese official sources is necessary in order to offer the complete picture of the current situation over Chinese investments as the part of its foreign strategy. First of all, it demonstrates that Chinese OFDI has begun to fuel in GMS mostly from 2007. Before China did not invest as much as one would expect, given that all campaigns like “Going Out” had started five years earlier. Wen and Tan (2013, 108) suggest that this might be due to the political instability in lower Mekong countries, and also as a result of soaring oil prices at that time, which negatively influenced the trade and economic development. The great shift occurred in 2007, when USA and EU imposed trade restrictions on China. China had to avoid a catastrophic influence on their export and South East Asia suddenly rang the bell. Lower labor and transport costs; culturally close environment, where people listen when money talks; advantage in exporting regulations to USA and EU – all of these things made Cambodia attractive for Chinese investors to set up factories (ibid). On the other hand, this figure also reveals that although Cambodia enjoys the attention of Chinese investors, it is definitely not the most attractive country in GMS on this matter. That only happened once, particularly in 2011, when inflow of investments reached its peak at US$ 566 million. Since then it was slightly decreasing by 22%, and eventually Cambodia was surpassed by Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Laos probably estimated the most significant change over the years from barely US$ 1 million in 2003 to more than US$ 1 billion in 2014. If we take into account the total amount of Chinese investments in those years, all countries of GMS except Vietnam crossed the line of US$ 3 billion, with Laos almost attacking US$ 4 billion of Chinese OFDI. That proves that more or less China tries to project its economic means equally into almost all GMS countries. For instance, Cambodia accounts for 20% of all investments between the five countries – that is certainly fair enough. Surely, this is a slightly different picture than in the previous table, however studying the Cambodia’s dependency on China’s OFDI, the other neighbors do not play such a heavy role. The most important fact is that China is the biggest investor in Cambodia, and its overall investments in last decade demonstrated rise approximately by 1897%, and that is crucial from the Cambodia’s perspective.