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India’s Demonetization will encourage more FDI from Asia-Pacific

The Narendra Modi government in India recently banned the use of 500- and 1000-rupee notes. This unprecedented move resulted in the withdrawal of 86 per cent of currency in circulation. The ostensible objectives behind the government’s move was to tackle black money, reduce counterfeiting, and check terrorist financing.

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Steel Overcapacity and China's Overseas Investment Plans

Among a multitude of topics, the G-20 Summit held in September in Hangzhou considered the issue of overcapacity in the global steel industry.

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Europe Resists China’s Economic Inroads

Political resistance is hardening to China’s commercial presence in Europe. Two recent events make this evident. The latest of these is a review by the European Union (EU) Commission of the proposed merger between France’s EGF and China General Nuclear Power (CGN), a state-owned enterprise (SOE).

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Growing Doubts about China’s Capacity to Finance Overseas Projects and their Political Implications

China’s foreign exchange reserves have been declining in recent months with the surge in capital outflows and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)’s efforts to protect the Yuan from depreciating. At US $3.2 trillion, China still holds the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves.

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Bihar Election Outcome and Muted Implications for East Asian Investors

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was defeated decisively in the recent elections in Bihar, one of the India’s largest states. Many commentators felt the election result was a sign of the increasing popular discontent with Modi and his policies.

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India as the New Destination for East Asian Assembling and Its Implications

Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi has tied up with Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn to manufacture mobile phones in India. The first batch of Xiaomi phones (Redmi 2 Prime) assembled by Foxconn in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh was launched recently. Greater low-cost phone production by Xiaomi in collaboration with Foxconn will be enthusiastically welcomed by Indian consumers given their voracious appetite for mobile phones:

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Chinese Businesses Take Interest in “Make in India”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Make in India” program in September 2014. The program aims to make India a global hub for several manufacturing and services industries. Manufacturing sectors include automobiles, automobile components, chemicals, defense manufacturing, electrical machinery, electronic systems, food processing, leather, pharmaceuticals, textiles and garments.

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China-India Sister Cities Synergies and Implications for Business

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit to China in May 2015 is expected to lay the foundation for expanding the two Asian giants’ budding model of cross-border business and people-to-people contact: the sister-city arrangement. The future growth of such arrangements already is manifest in a slew of “sister city” arrangements planned between Chinese and Indian cities. The foundations of such interactions go back to 2013 when decisions were made to connect Delhi and Beijing, Bengaluru and Chengdu, and Kolkata and Kunming as sister cities.

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Chinese Investments in India

Chinese investments into India are becoming increasingly varied with investors of various provinces from mainland China expressing interest in investment opportunities in different Indian states. Investments from Zhejiang and Shandong provinces should soon materialize in India giving a boost to India’s efforts to grow into a regional manufacturing hub through the ‘Made in India’ initiative.

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New OECD-Emerging Markets Dynamics in regards to Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions are increasingly becoming the bane of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Wary at the prospect of being sued by foreign investors in special tribunals, governments are reacting against such provisions in mega-regionals like the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact and the European Union-Canada FTA.

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