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Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Banned Nazi P#%N on Taobao? Global Firms Are Local

In early February an American law firm filed a class action lawsuit against Alibaba for violating the US Securities Exchange Act by concealing information about regulatory problems it faced in China. The case linked to a spat between Alibaba and China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce over the amount of counterfeit goods on Alibaba’s website and the adequacy of Alibaba’s measures to address the problems.

Dr. Toshiya Ozaki's picture

Japanese MNCs and the Threat of Terrorism Abroad

Japan is still in shock and anger following the tragic killing of two Japanese hostages in ISIS-ruled Syria. What does this incident mean for Japanese MNCs? From a risk management point of view, the attack on the Tigantourine natural gas plant in Algeria in January 2013 was far more shocking.

Dr. Jan Knoerich's picture

The Emerging International Policy Differentiation against Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

One major aspect setting Chinese multinational corporations apart from other MNCs is the high proportion of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Despite concerns about potential competitive distortions, national security threats, and undesired corporate behavior associated with state ownership, disagreements about the extent of the difference between state-owned and private firms have left unclear how host countries should treat state-owned foreign investors.

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

The Role of China’s Policy Banks in its Energy Acquisition Strategy in the Developing Nations

China’s policy banks, particularly the China Development Bank (CDB) and China Exim Bank (EXIM), are playing an increasingly active role in its energy acquisition strategy. The two banks finance the overseas investments of China’s National Oil Companies (NOCs) and the development of host country infrastructure to deliver oil and gas to China, and further provide credit to foreign energy companies in return for long-term energy contracts.

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Japan’s New Corporate Governance Code and Its Investment Implications

At the end of 2014, the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced a new code of corporate governance, to be adopted in June this year, to advance the “third arrow” (structural reform) of “Abenomics,” Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s multi-pronged program for reinvigorating Japanese economic growth.

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

2014’s Unexpected Oil Crash: Implications for China’s Economy and Global Commitments

Economic forecasts often do not work. That was evident in 2014 with the surprising +40 % plunge in oil prices. While this signaled economic problems for Iran, Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela, it is a positive development for other countries, including China.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

Et tu, Zuckerberg? A Complex “Friending” Story

In July, news reports revealed Facebook, blocked in China, was working to expand its presence in China with the signing of a multi-year office lease in Beijing. Since then, media have reported Facebook staff appearing at major conferences in China, meeting with Chinese Internet regulators, and intensifying efforts to provide services to Chinese companies.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

Chinese Investments in India

Chinese investments into India are becoming increasingly varied with investors of various provinces from mainland China expressing interest in investment opportunities in different Indian states. Investments from Zhejiang and Shandong provinces should soon materialize in India giving a boost to India’s efforts to grow into a regional manufacturing hub through the ‘Made in India’ initiative.

Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka's picture

The Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics in 2020: A Stepping Stone to “Amazing Japan”?

The Japanese economy is struggling hard to escape deflation. This coupled with a shrinking domestic market resulting from depopulation is pushing many Japanese firms to move their facilities overseas, mostly East Asia, in order to gain additional market opportunities. To replace the capital lost to other East Asian countries, Japan needs to attract more inward foreign direct investment (IFDI).

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

The WTO and China: Still of Relevance for Foreign Investors?

China has been a World Trade Organization (WTO) member for almost thirteen years. The titanic battles over its admission to the globe’s leading international economic organization have long passed. While some were anxious about China’s WTO accession, many were exuberant. They foresaw new markets for the goods they manufactured outside and inside China, new opportunities to invest in China’s automobile, banking, insurance, telecommunications, and wholesaling sectors, and better protection of their intellectual property (IP).

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