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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.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

The Other “New Normal” or Chinese OFDI on the Rocks?

For some judging the current state of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (COFDI) negativity is the “new normal.” Rejected in Myanmar due to domestic politics, whipsawed in Sri Lanka by shifts in administrations, and hamstrung by the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) national security review process, China In

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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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Japan’s Growing Popularity as a Tourism Hotspot Will Drive Competitive Pressures and Reform in the Japanese Service Sector

The Japanese service sector is attracting much business attention today from international hotel chains, real estate businesses, and other service companies due to the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan. Moreover, the numbers will increase significantly due to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

China’s Strategy in the Middle East: High Profile Economics, Low Profile Politics

China has created two of the largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in the world and has declared the Arab World is going to be one of its SWFs’ major investment destinations.

Dr. Toshiya Ozaki's picture

Growing Interest in Exporting Mega-Infrastructure Projects

As part of Abenomics, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo proposed to boost Japanese infrastructure exports and set a goal of tripling the current volume to thirty trillion yen (US $250 billion) by 2020. Energy, transportation, water, telecommunication, medical and construction industries were targeted as growth areas.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative as the Next Great Investment Frontier (or Not)

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI).

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

China-Venezuela relations: The Ties that Bind?

Chinese government officials and businesses must be rethinking their commitment to Venezuela. Although the Latin American country holds the largest proven oil reserves in the world, it remains questionable if PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, has the ability to repay the debts it has incurred in past years.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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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