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.

Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka's picture

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.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

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.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Giving Foreign IT No Credit: China’s New Banking Technology Rules and Possible Responses

China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) have begun to implement rules designed to ensure that by 2019 seventy-five percent of the technology in China’s banking system is “secure and controllable.” The rules are wide-ranging, covering hardware such as mainframes, personal computers, and point-of-sale systems as well as software like operating systems and anti-virus programs.

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

China Looks to deepen Relations with West Asia

With China’s emergence as the world’s number one energy consumer and oil importer, its ties with Middle Eastern and Central Asian nations have assumed a more significant role in sustaining its rise to power globally. China is the number one recipient of Saudi and Iranian oil exports in the world. In fact, China depends on the Middle East for close to 50 percent of its total oil imports. Not surprisingly, then, Beijing’s energy and national security depends on maintaining supply security and cultivating warm relations with the key regional energy producing nations.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

China-India Sister Cities Synergies and Implications for Business

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit to China in May 2015 is expected to lay the foundation for expanding the two Asian giants’ budding model of cross-border business and people-to-people contact: the sister-city arrangement. The future growth of such arrangements already is manifest in a slew of “sister city” arrangements planned between Chinese and Indian cities. The foundations of such interactions go back to 2013 when decisions were made to connect Delhi and Beijing, Bengaluru and Chengdu, and Kolkata and Kunming as sister cities.


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