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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).

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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.

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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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A Yam Squeezed Between Two Boulders: The Dilemma of Transferring Technology to China…and Others

Tech firms dealing with China have long had to find ways to please the latter to ensure they have had permission to invest in or sell to China, to enjoy preferential polices afforded foreign investors, or to bid on government contracts.

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The Challenges of China Abroad

Much has been made about the expansion of Chinese multinational companies globally. While commodity prices were up, times were good for both Chinese companies and their local counterparts in Africa, other parts of Asia, and Latin America.

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The Importance of China’s Financial Internationalization for the China-UK Relationship

Economic relations between China and the UK have changed substantially since the last time a Chinese president visited Britain.

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The Changed Mission of Japanese Firm Subsidiaries Overseas

“Supply chain” is a term that captures well the essence of the activities of Japanese firms’ subsidiaries abroad. Their overseas plants, particularly in the machinery industry in Asia, are geared towards manufacturing components to take advantage of cheap labor in other Asian countries. Later the components they produce will be assembled in factories in Japan or other sub headquarters in big cities near their components producing factories.

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Waning State Capitalism?

Despite the obvious slowdown of the Chinese economy, China’s overseas investment (COI) continues to record strong growth, increasing by 20 percent in the first seven months of 2015 according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. It is important to note, though, that the recent growth is mostly driven by private companies rather than state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

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Loco about Localization: The Obvious is Not for Chinese Companies

It is de rigueur today that Chinese companies need to become more localized. At a minimum, they need to become more aware of local laws, regulations, and customs and abandon the idea they can do things like they do them at home. At the maximum, they need to hire more local workers and managers, source more goods locally, transfer technology, and become better corporate citizens, adopting meaningful corporate social responsibility programs.

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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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