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Kicking around Heavy Handed Policies against Chinese Outward FDI

It is widely known that not that long ago China adopted measures to limit capital outflows following several years of massive declines in its foreign currency reserves. One of these was new review processes for deals crossing certain thresholds, which were lower in situations where an overseas deal was unrelated to the investor’s “core” business. Regarding the latter, policymakers opined that numerous deals were “‘irrational and abnormal.’”

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Bad THAAD, THAAD’S Bad: Reflections about China’s Economic Sanctions and their Implications for Multinational Corporations

For about the past three months, Beijing has been escalating economic pressure on South Korea because of the latter’s decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter North Korea’s missile threat. Chinese economic coercion has encompassed barriers to Korean cultural products like K-Pop bands, television shows, and online games entering China, bans against Chinese tourists going to Korea, the shutdown of Korean stores in China, the cessation of investment deals, and reduced buying of Korean products.

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Hasty Reaction to China’s Taste for Wafers?

There has been growing angst in the United States (US) about China’s designs in the semiconductor sector. What seems to have elevated the level of anxiety is the fact Chinese firms now are throwing around billions of dollars to acquire American and European semiconductor firms like Lattice Semiconductor (US) and Aixtron (Germany). Largely in response to Chinese moves, Barack Obama, at the end of his 2nd term, launched a study of the state of the US semiconductor sector that devoted substantial attention to China.

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China’s Capital Fright and its (Ir)Relevance for Chinese Outward FDI

Over the past year or so, China’s foreign exchange reserves have been “plummeting,” falling several hundred billion (US) dollars as a result of Chinese investors pouring massive sums of money into foreign assets such as real estate and overseas stock markets and Chinese companies undertaking record levels of outward foreign direct investment (OF

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China’s Maritime Silk Roads Initiative and Southeast Asia: Rough Sailing through the South China Seas?

As our readership knows, one of China’s signature foreign policy initiatives is the Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), a key part of its larger One Belt, One Road (OBOR) scheme.

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Will Chinese Companies Conquer the World? Maybe, but maybe not…

For diverse reasons, Chinese companies have long been underestimated. Drawing upon his theory of the multinational enterprise based in transaction cost economics, Professor Jean-Francois Hennart argued, however, at the recent 10th annual China Goes Global meeting that such presumptions were ill-advised.

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Freedom is Slavery: Localization and CSR Strategy

Chinese companies like Bright Foods, Dalian Wanda, Fosun Group, Midea, and State Grid have been active buyers of European companies over the past few years. In 2014, they invested USD $18 billion while in 2015 they poured $23 billion into Europe.

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Promise the Sky and You Risk Being Blown Away: Unwise Chinese Firm Investment Promises

It has become de rigeur for Chinese companies investing overseas to make all kinds of promises to defuse host community anxieties, to smooth the deal approval process, and to win government investment incentives. For instance, in 2010, when Chinese bus maker BYD Motors, Inc.

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Hope and Hype about Chinese FDI in the US and Job Creation

Record Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in the US has spurred great excitement about its job creation potential. There is good reason for optimism. For instance, Wanxiang’s 2013 purchase of A123 Systems and TDC Cutting Tools’s 2009 purchase of Greenfield Industries reportedly saved around 750 jobs.

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No Great Wall against Chinese Investment in the United States

For once, American and Chinese pundits seem to think alike: There is a budding Great Wall, reinforced by hostile political sentiments in the United States (US) and, above all, the sinister Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), that is raising increasingly high obstacles to Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI).

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