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Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

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.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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:

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

The Return of the Middle East to its Asian Home? The Expanding Middle East-Asia Nexus and its Ramifications, part I

“The Asianization” of the Middle East, fostered by expanding trade, energy, immigration, military and political ties between Asia—most notably, China, Japan, South Korea, India and the region—foretells a political realignment in which the Asian powers are filling the vacuum created by diminishing US and European influence. The most significant indicator of this trend is China’s expanding energy-related trade and investment links with the region, complemented by substantial increases in bilateral trade, military and political ties.

Dr. Toshiya Ozaki's picture

Year 2020: The Diversification of Japanese MNE Management

For many Japanese, year 2020 means Tokyo Olympics. Quite a few firms are eager to capitalize on the opportunity to grow their business. More than a dozen Japanese multinational enterprises (MNEs) are determined to showcase their products and project their images worldwide through multi-year, multi-million dollar Olympics sponsorships. Not widely known, 2020 also represents the target year under Abenomics that major Japanese MNEs must fill 30% of their management positions with female employees.

Dr. Jan Knoerich's picture

“What the AIIB’s Focus on Asia and Infrastructure Means for Chinese Multinationals”

Take a look at the names of today’s well-established multilateral development banks. There are the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Asian, Inter-American, Islamic and African Development Banks. Next to institutions with such a broad orientation towards “development” and “reconstruction,” the particular focus of the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on one region and economic sector is atypical and unique.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Negotiations: Still Nothing to Sink One’s Teeth Into

Prior to the opening of the just concluded 7th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) there was some hope the two countries might make progress on a BIT. China fed the optimism somewhat, with a Chinese official lauding the fact the two sides had exchanged negative lists and were working to improve and shorten their lists.

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

China and Latin America–A Changing Relationship

During the early years of the 21st century Chinese multinational companies (MNCs) actively engaged in Latin America. An abundance of natural resources and a growing Latin American middle class fit China’s needs for essential raw materials and a growing Latin American middle class fit the Asian country’s need for overseas markets. In turn, Latin America was able to diversify export markets for its oil, copper and soybeans.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

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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AIIB Infrastructure Financing and its Impact on Investment Flows to Developing Countries

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a newly created Chinese-led regional development bank, is now attracting global attention from governments, businesses, and analysts and seems to be at the center of the debate on global governance; that is, whether it should be US- or China-led in the future. The US and Japan have opted not to join this bank since its governance and objectives remain unclear and, in particular, because it is uncertain how the AIIB will cooperate (or compete) with the existing international financial institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank.

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Chi-Cham USA! The Potentialities and Limits of PRC Company Business Associations in the US

Chinese companies from the People’s Republic of China in the US have been organizing to promote their interests as shown by the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA (CGCC)’s expansion. The rise of the CGCC mirrors the development of foreign business associations in China such as the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham China). The CGCC’s mission is to “promote the brand of Chinese companies collectively, protect their legal rights, and advocate for fairer regulation” and to serve a bridging function.

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