MNCs in the News

February 13th, 2017
China’s goal of shifting to a more consumption, service, and higher-valued added economy is reflected in subnational level data. China remains optimistic about Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2017, but plans to guide it to and sees it encountering many challenges. Syngenta believes the ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition will close in second quarter of 2017 despite remaining regulatory hurdles. China halts major Lotte construction projects in northeastern China in apparent punishment for South Korea’s...
February 13th, 2017
Facebook’s efforts in China fail to deliver an opening. Japan’s Marubeni will build and manage one of the world’s largest mega solar power plants in the world in the United Arab Emirates. Japanese, Chinese, and Korean firms win multi-billion dollar contracts to improve and expand the capacity of Iranian oil facilities. Korean firms win main Turkish bridge building contract. South Korean firm Daewoo E&C re-signs road project in Qatar that might provide a beachhead for 2022 FIFA World Cup deals.

Wong MNC Center News

January 31st, 2017
Dr. Bas Hooijmaaijers has become Assistant Director of the Wong MNC Center. He also serves as Assistant Professor and Chenhui Research Fellow in the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China). He has published on China and the BRICS in leading journals including the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Governance, and has contributed to ad hoc studies for the European Parliament. His research activities include...
January 17th, 2017
In December 2016, Asian Perspective, a leading academic journal focused on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia, published a special journal issue on “The Political Economy of China—Latin America Investment Relations” (Vol. 40, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2016). The special issue, featured on this webpage, was orchestrated by the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) and flows from a Wong MNC...
December 12th, 2016
At the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference recently held in Tokyo academic presenters from China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Sweden gathered to discuss their research on a diverse set of topics relevant for Japanese and Chinese firms. They spoke about Japanese investment in China from a historical and contemporary vantage point, growing Chinese and Japanese interest in and investment in the Arctic, the shifting situation...
December 12th, 2016
At opening of the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Wong MNC Center, delivered a keynote address entitled “Patterns in Chinese Outward FDI and its Implications for Japanese Firms.” Dr. Blanchard started by providing background information on Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from the 1970s through the 1990s, covering its volumes, sectoral destinations, geographic patterns,...
December 12th, 2016
At opening of the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference, Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka, Executive Managing Director of the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF), delivered a keynote address entitled “Japanese FDI in Asia and Asian FDI in Japan.” Mr. Haraoka began his speech by providing background on JEF’s origins and its evolving areas of research. He provided rich data showing that Japanese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI), already substantial, has...
November 26th, 2016
On November 19 and 20, 2016, the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center), in conjunction with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS) at East China Normal University (ECNU), the local host and co-sponsor, held, in Shanghai, an international conference on the Political Economy of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), a major policy initiative of the Chinese government under current...
September 19th, 2016
In conjunction with the publication of a report on Chinese investment in the US by a leading US think tank, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, was interviewed by Sina Finance on Sunday, September 18 about anti-globalization sentiments in the US and the impact that it might have on the U.S. stance towards China and bilateral economic relations. He also was asked about the...
September 28th, 2015
The Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations Jean-Marc F. Blanchard has become the editor of the Palgrave Studies in Asia-Pacific Political Economy series. The series aims to publish works, which will be meaningful to academics, businesspeople, and policymakers and broaden or deepen their knowledge about contemporary events or significant trends, or enable them to think in new ways about the interaction of...