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The Other “New Normal” or Chinese OFDI on the Rocks?

For some judging the current state of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (COFDI) negativity is the “new normal.” Rejected in Myanmar due to domestic politics, whipsawed in Sri Lanka by shifts in administrations, and hamstrung by the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) national security review process, China In

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Growing Doubts about China’s Capacity to Finance Overseas Projects and their Political Implications

China’s foreign exchange reserves have been declining in recent months with the surge in capital outflows and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)’s efforts to protect the Yuan from depreciating. At US $3.2 trillion, China still holds the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves.

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Japan’s Growing Popularity as a Tourism Hotspot Will Drive Competitive Pressures and Reform in the Japanese Service Sector

The Japanese service sector is attracting much business attention today from international hotel chains, real estate businesses, and other service companies due to the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan. Moreover, the numbers will increase significantly due to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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China’s Strategy in the Middle East: High Profile Economics, Low Profile Politics

China has created two of the largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in the world and has declared the Arab World is going to be one of its SWFs’ major investment destinations.

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Growing Interest in Exporting Mega-Infrastructure Projects

As part of Abenomics, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo proposed to boost Japanese infrastructure exports and set a goal of tripling the current volume to thirty trillion yen (US $250 billion) by 2020. Energy, transportation, water, telecommunication, medical and construction industries were targeted as growth areas.

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China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative as the Next Great Investment Frontier (or Not)

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI).

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China-Venezuela relations: The Ties that Bind?

Chinese government officials and businesses must be rethinking their commitment to Venezuela. Although the Latin American country holds the largest proven oil reserves in the world, it remains questionable if PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, has the ability to repay the debts it has incurred in past years.

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Bihar Election Outcome and Muted Implications for East Asian Investors

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was defeated decisively in the recent elections in Bihar, one of the India’s largest states. Many commentators felt the election result was a sign of the increasing popular discontent with Modi and his policies.

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A Yam Squeezed Between Two Boulders: The Dilemma of Transferring Technology to China…and Others

Tech firms dealing with China have long had to find ways to please the latter to ensure they have had permission to invest in or sell to China, to enjoy preferential polices afforded foreign investors, or to bid on government contracts.

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

The Challenges of China Abroad

Much has been made about the expansion of Chinese multinational companies globally. While commodity prices were up, times were good for both Chinese companies and their local counterparts in Africa, other parts of Asia, and Latin America.


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