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.
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Wong MNC Center orchestrated special section on China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative and South Asia is published
April 12th, 2017
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.
Wong MNC Center Executive Director Jean-Marc F. Blanchard will speak at the 10th Baltic Sea Region Forum
April 12th, 2017
On May 30, 2017, 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 10th Baltic Sea Region Forum, organized by Centrum Balticum, which has the theme "Global Storms and the Economic Development in the Baltic Sea Region" and will held in Turku, Finland. Dr. Blanchard will participate in a panel entitled "The Art of Attracting Investments and Doing Business in the Baltic Sea Region." For more information on the 10th Baltic Sea, please visit: http://www.centrumbalticum.org/en/news_room/events/baltic_sea_region_forum (note: This event is not organized or sponsored by the Wong MNC Center).
March 28th, 2017
Mr. Courtland Johnson (USA), a first-year M.A. student with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China), and Ms. Xue XIA , a senior in finance at Wenzhou-Kean University (China), have joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) as Research Assistants. Courtland and Xue will assist with the Wong MNC Center's weekly news summaries, various data gathering, analysis, and presentation projects, and various special research tasks. For more information, please visit http://mnccenter.org/research-fellows-and-assistants.
March 15th, 2017
For a story on India that focused extensively on Sino-Indian economic relations especially those relations in the context of China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Wong MNC Center, was interviewed by the South China Morning Post for his thoughts regarding Indian concerns about the scheme. Dr.
January 31st, 2017
Dr. Bas Hooijmaaijers has become Assistant Director of the Wong MNC Center. He also serves as Assistant Professor and Chenhui Research Fellow in the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China). He has published on China and the BRICS in leading journals including the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Governance, and has contributed to ad hoc studies for the European Parliament. His research activities include projects on European Union policymaking towards China, Chinese investment in Europe, and the global power shift towards the Asia-Pacific Region. For more information on Dr. Hooijmaaijers, please visit https://mnccenter.org/officers-and-staff.
January 17th, 2017
In December 2016, Asian Perspective, a leading academic journal focused on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia, published a special journal issue on “The Political Economy of China—Latin America Investment Relations” (Vol. 40, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2016). The special issue, featured on this webpage, was orchestrated by the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) and flows from a Wong MNC Center sponsored panel on China-Latin American investment relations that took place in 2015 at the Association of Chinese Political Studies annual meeting held at Peking University (Beijing, China).
December 12th, 2016
At the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference recently held in Tokyo academic presenters from China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Sweden gathered to discuss their research on a diverse set of topics relevant for Japanese and Chinese firms. They spoke about Japanese investment in China from a historical and contemporary vantage point, growing Chinese and Japanese interest in and investment in the Arctic, the shifting situation vis-à-vis Chinese investment in Japan, and Chinese and Japanese investment in infrastructure with a focus on rail infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia.
Wong MNC Center Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard delivers keynote address at the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” Conference
December 12th, 2016
At opening of the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Wong MNC Center, delivered a keynote address entitled “Patterns in Chinese Outward FDI and its Implications for Japanese Firms.” Dr. Blanchard started by providing background information on Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from the 1970s through the 1990s, covering its volumes, sectoral destinations, geographic patterns, and drivers at the macro- and micro (firm) levels. He noted government support, direct and indirect, always has been an important force shaping Chinese OFDI (COFDI). As far as the contemporary period is concerned, he pointed out not only that COFDI volumes are increasing, but also that deal size has been increasing. He also noted while Europe and North America are not new destinations for COFDI, they seem to have greater contemporary relevance. As for the sectoral destination of COFDI, Dr.
Japan Economic Foundation Executive Managing Director Naoyuki Haraoka delivers keynote address at the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” Conference.
December 12th, 2016
At opening of the “New Developments for Japanese and Chinese Firms” conference, Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka, Executive Managing Director of the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF), delivered a keynote address entitled “Japanese FDI in Asia and Asian FDI in Japan.” Mr. Haraoka began his speech by providing background on JEF’s origins and its evolving areas of research. He provided rich data showing that Japanese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI), already substantial, has been increasing overseas and that commensurate with this the overseas production activity of Japanese firms has been significantly increasing. While the United States has been Japan’s most important investment destination, Mr. Haraoka noted that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly Myanmar and Vietnam, and China also have been very important, with some fluctuations in Japanese OFDI (JOFDI) volumes due to political and economic reasons.