MNCs in the News

April 24th, 2017
Big foreign companies increasingly willing to voice complaints about the situation in China. China’s limits on capital outflows affect the willingness of some to invest in China. Beijing is considering “braking” the requirement capping foreign companies ownership in the auto sector to no more than 50 percent with some predicting a crash of domestic firms if this happens. China’s nonfinancial outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) experienced major drops in March over the prior year and over the first quarter of...
April 18th, 2017
China announces draft rule that would require certain firms to obtain permission to transfer data out of China. Apple promotes the adoption by yet more of its China suppliers of renewable energy. A Chinese think tank and corporate collaborator release a report showing that Chinese firms have been substantially boosting their investment in the manufacturing sector. Potential seen for greater Chinese involvement in ambitious American infrastructure programs. China and Myanmar agree to open oil pipeline linking...

Wong MNC Center News

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...
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-...
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...
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,...
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. Blanchard noted that “'The Indian security services are worried about the One Belt, One Road, particularly when it...
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...
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...
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,...
September 19th, 2016
In conjunction with the publication of a report on Chinese investment in the US by a leading US think tank, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, was interviewed by Sina Finance on Sunday, September 18 about anti-globalization sentiments in the US and the impact that it might have on the U.S. stance towards China and bilateral economic relations. He also was asked about the...
July 2nd, 2016
The Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard was interviewed in March for _Live Budget Report_ on Chinese investment in the U.K. generally and the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, in which China General Nuclear Power Corporation will invest 18 billion pounds, specifically. He also was asked about his views about the potential impact of project cost overruns on Chinese...
September 28th, 2015
The Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations Jean-Marc F. Blanchard has become the editor of the Palgrave Studies in Asia-Pacific Political Economy series. The series aims to publish works, which will be meaningful to academics, businesspeople, and policymakers and broaden or deepen their knowledge about contemporary events or significant trends, or enable them to think in new ways about the interaction of...