As an investment destination, China has been untouched by the terrorist attacks on the United States and the military action in Afghanistan, and may eventually benefit as a safe haven, according to German Chamber of Commerce officials. They were announcing the results of a membership survey, which found 74 per cent said they would expand their business or consider doing so over the next two years. 'There has been a lot of concern over the world economy and how these events will decrease consumer confidence and buying power in the US,' said Klaus Grimm, chief representative of the chamber in Shanghai. 'There has been no concern specific to China, which looks better as other countries are seen as less stable,' Mr Grimm said. Christian Sommer, vice-chairman of the chamber in Beijing, said that over the past month more German companies had opened offices in Beijing and existing ones had taken more space. Mr Grimm said companies were afraid of how the war would develop. 'Exporters to the US worry but there has been no impact on investment up to now. 'For the first day or two, Lufthansa planes were emptier but now are almost back to normal,' he said. Chamber chairman Jorg Wuttke said Southeast Asian countries must awake to the threat that China would suck away its inward investment. 'South Korea and Taiwan have finished the transition from an agricultural to an urban economy. Their wages are high and they have trade unions. But China offers a limitless supply of labour that will be available for years and years. The events of the last month have made China, comparatively speaking, more attractive,' Mr Wuttke said. Of the chamber's 600 members, 114 responded. More than 60 per cent of respondents said that after 2006 German companies in China would enjoy the same business conditions as Chinese firms in Germany had now. However, they had many complaints - 70 per cent encountered non-tariff barriers, especially in imports and distribution of goods, and severe restrictions on setting up after-sales and service companies for imported goods. The opaque market structure, including the lack of good market data and poor quality of statistics, were cited by 64 per cent of respondents and 75 per cent complained of poor communications for official laws and regulations.