Wong MNC Center News

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.
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.

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