U.S. energy companies looking for investors or to sell should be looking to China, where investors are waiting with cash in hand to make deals with U.S. businesses. The United States continues to be the most attractive destination for Chinese Overseas Direct Investment (ODI). That trend is explosively accelerating — from July through September 2014 alone, Chinese firms spent $3.1 billion on overseas foreign direct investments in the United States. Businesses in the energy sector, particularly small and medium companies, will see a huge pool of new potential buyers open up. Chinese firms are often willing to pay a higher price than domestic buyers. They look for strong brands, distribution, local manufacturing and capable leadership.