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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.

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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.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Hope and Hype about Chinese FDI in the US and Job Creation

Record Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in the US has spurred great excitement about its job creation potential. There is good reason for optimism. For instance, Wanxiang’s 2013 purchase of A123 Systems and TDC Cutting Tools’s 2009 purchase of Greenfield Industries reportedly saved around 750 jobs.

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Ratification of the TPP is Necessary for the Interests of MNCs

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has a number of provisions critical for protecting the interests of foreign multinational corporations (MNCs).

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

No Great Wall against Chinese Investment in the United States

For once, American and Chinese pundits seem to think alike: There is a budding Great Wall, reinforced by hostile political sentiments in the United States (US) and, above all, the sinister Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), that is raising increasingly high obstacles to Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI).

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

Chinese Companies and the Changing Business Landscape

Chinese multinational corporations (MNCs) are finding the new global business landscape daunting. In their transformation from being domestic-oriented firms into companies expanding into foreign markets and acquiring foreign enterprises, Chinese MNCs have benefited from easy access to international capital markets and foreign and Chinese state-owned financial institutions. However, this is changing. Looking at the turmoil in international financial markets, access to capital likely will be harder to obtain as foreign investors are now more risk-adverse and taking a harder look at corporate risk profiles. Furthermore, many state-owned Chinese companies have relatively high debt portfolios compared to many of their Western counterparts.

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