Mainland China continued to be the largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world this year, attracting US$87 billion, according to a new report. World Investment Prospect 2010, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Columbia University yesterday, paints a rosy forecast despite the first decline in FDI in China during the first half of 2006, the South China Morning Post reported. "A large pipeline of commitments suggests that FDI into China will exceed US$86.5 billion in 2006," the report says. FDI levels are likely to decline to about US$80 billion in 2010. Last week, the minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commissions said the amount of FDI that is actually used declined 1.2% to US$32.7 billion in the first seven months of this year.