China’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) investment is expected to reach $26.69 billion in 2026, accounting for about 8.9 percent of global investment.
IDC’s Artificial Intelligence Spending Guide earlier said total global IT investment in artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to reach $301.43 billion in 2026 from $92.95 billion in 2021.
IDC predicts that China’s IT investment in the AI hardware market will exceed $15 billion in 2026, close to that of the AI hardware market size of the United States.
Investment in the AI services market is expected to exceed $4 billion in 2026, nearly four times the investment in 2021, with significant market growth.
IDC predicts the AI-related spending of users in the four major industries — professional services, government, finance, and telecom — will lead over the five-year forecast period, which will collectively exceed 60 percent of the total spending of China’s AI market.