Sentiment towards FDI in emerging economies is far more positive than in developed economies, according to a survey of senior executives by global management consulting firm AT Kearney, with China registering as the highest ranking country.

China, India and Brazil have been ranked as the top three destinations with the best future prospects for FDI, due to their large and growing consumer bases, while Russia placed 12th in the consulting firm's 2012 FDI Confidence Index.

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China maintained its 2010 position at number one, while the US fell from second to fourth place, with its debt gridlock influencing investor sentiment. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam all appeared in the top 20. South Africa, which was unranked in 2010, took 11th place.