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Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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.

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

The Hanjin Bankruptcy and Choppy Seas

In early September the Korean shipping company, Hanjin, went into bankruptcy, no longer able carry the burden of its $5.5 billion debt, a long string of losses, and brutally intense competition coupled with the loss of support from its bankers.

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Will Chinese Companies Conquer the World? Maybe, but maybe not…

For diverse reasons, Chinese companies have long been underestimated. Drawing upon his theory of the multinational enterprise based in transaction cost economics, Professor Jean-Francois Hennart argued, however, at the recent 10th annual China Goes Global meeting that such presumptions were ill-advised.

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Japanese MNCs in China Are Increasing the Use of the Yuan in Intra-firm Trade with Japan

The internationalization of Chinese yuan is fully underway with rising use in trade, settlement, and financial transactions. To what extent do Japanese multinational corporations (MNCs) in China, which have numerous subsidiaries and extensive production chains there, use the yuan in their transactions?

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Freedom is Slavery: Localization and CSR Strategy

Chinese companies like Bright Foods, Dalian Wanda, Fosun Group, Midea, and State Grid have been active buyers of European companies over the past few years. In 2014, they invested USD $18 billion while in 2015 they poured $23 billion into Europe.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Promise the Sky and You Risk Being Blown Away: Unwise Chinese Firm Investment Promises

It has become de rigeur for Chinese companies investing overseas to make all kinds of promises to defuse host community anxieties, to smooth the deal approval process, and to win government investment incentives. For instance, in 2010, when Chinese bus maker BYD Motors, Inc.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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).

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

China, Football FDI, and Soft Power

It is often said football or soccer is a universal language that everyone understands. It is estimated around 250 million people play football in 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport.

Dr. Toshiya Ozaki's picture

Nissan’s Investment in Mitsubishi Motors

In mid-May, Nissan Motor Co. surprised Japan when it announced it would invest $2.2 billion in Mitsubishi Motors to gain effective control of the latter. The surprise was twofold. First, the announcement’s speed and timing astounded many.

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

Expanding Sino-Iranian Bilateral Ties in the Post-Nuclear Deal Era

Many political observers predicted that in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent lifting of a multitude of economic sanctions imposed on the country we would witness a diminishment of bilateral links between China and Iran, especially on the economic front.

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