Wong MNC Center News

September 7th, 2017
José Luis León-Manríquez has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as a Senior Research Fellow. He is a specialist in East Asian economies and their connections with Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently is Professor of International and East Asian Studies at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) and served as a Mexican diplomat for 14 years. An advisor to the Mexican government and international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and APEC, he has published ten books.
August 30th, 2017
South China Morning Post reporter Frank Tang interviewed Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, for a story relating to the 10th anniversary of the China Investment Corporation (CIC), China's massive sovereign wealth fund. Dr. Blanchard shared his insights about the CIC's objectives, investment portfolio, and investment performance. Dr. Blanchard noted that the CIC remained heavily oriented internally, remained quite cautious in its investment activities due to a fear of consequences for poor investment performance, and that this conservative investment stance was producing rather mediocre investment performance. Dr. Blanchard also offered some thoughts about how the US government might react to CIC investment.
August 1st, 2017
Mr. Jason Lo, Senior Director of Strategy, Honeywell (China) Co., Ltd., has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He heads Honeywell’s China strategy, covering the company’s diversified portfolio. In 2016, he was honored with Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award, one of eight recipients in the entire company. He has held a number of regional leadership roles since joining Honeywell in 2005. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
July 25th, 2017
Dr. Jorge Heine, Ambassador of Chile to the People's Republic of China, has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. Ambassador Heine previously was CIGI Professor of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He previously served as Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka and has held other high government posts. He has consulted for numerous public and private entities and governments, is the author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books including, recently, Reaching Across the Pacific (2014), and is the author of some one hundred academic articles.
June 30th, 2017
At the end of May, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) participated in a panel called “The Art of Attracting Investments and Doing Business in the Baltic Sea Region” at the international 10th Baltic Sea Region Forum orchestrated by the Centrum Balticum and held in Turku, Finland. On the panel, which involved academics/researchers, investment promotion professionals, and policymakers from Finland, Russia, Sweden, the United States, and elsewhere, Dr. Blanchard shared his thoughts about the drivers of East Asian investment in the region and regional countries, the policies countries in the region might adopt to attract more East Asian investment, and the collaborative initiatives that Baltic region countries might embrace at the regional level to attract more East Asian investment.
June 30th, 2017
The Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) sponsored a panel entitled “China’s Evolving Trade and Investment Relations with Latin America” at the Association of Chinese Political Studies 30th annual meeting held in June 2017 in Tianjin, China. Participants on the well-attended panel included Wong MNC Center Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard who spoke about Brazil’s foreign policy towards China, Mr. Javier Luque who analyzed the factors shaping Argentine-China investment relations, and Dr. Jose Luis Leon-Manriquez who undertook a comparative analysis of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean investment in Latin America. The panel, chaired by Dr.
April 12th, 2017
The April 2017 issue of Geopolitics (Vol. 22, No. 2, 2017), a leading journal in the field, will feature a special section on The Geopolitics of China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI) that focused on the MSRI and South Asia. The special section provides background on the MSRI, surveys China's economic and political goals at the national and sub-national level, and identifies a number of number of the political and economic factors at the national and sub-national level within and beyond China that will affect the implementation of China's ambitious scheme. The special section contains considers the political and economic implications if China's MSRI actually gives it new access to the Indian Ocean, looks at India's economic and strategic perceptions of the China's MSRI, and situated the MSRI in the context of China's evolving market system. The authors include academics and researchers from Australia, China, India, and the United States.
April 12th, 2017
On May 18, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) will speak at the 2017 China Government Affairs Forum, organized by PublicAffairsAsia, which has the theme "Effective Strategies for Unpredictable Times." More information about the event, which will be held in Beijing, China, can be found at http://publicaffairsasia.com/the-2017-china-government-affairs-forum-may.... Dr. Blanchard will participate in a roundtable entitled "Managing GR in a Time of Geo-Political Risk." Note: This event is not organized or sponsored by the Wong MNC Center.

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