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The New Online World Could Mean Offline for FDI in China: Political and Economic Factors Affecting Future FDI in China’s Online World

The coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19, has hit foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into China hard. This should surprise no one—money is scarce; the payback from FDI now seems far away; and resources are being husbanded on the home front.

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De virus, Decoupling, De-globalization, Downsizing, and FDI in China

China’s coronavirus epidemic has had profound economic effects including dramatically reducing travel within and outside China, severely suppressing business activity in the education, entertainment, food & beverage, and leisure and recreation industries, among others, and disrupting or freezing manufacturing and the delivery of production i

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The Phase I Trade Deal and FDI, Part I-Financial Services

Previously, I expressed mild skepticism and then later guarded optimism about China’s financial sector opening. The recent United States-China Phase One trade deal suggests the situation may be even better than originally thought with one entire chapter of the agreement speaking to the sector’s opening.

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Europe Facing Disconnection Disaster over Huawei and Curbs on Chinese Companies?

European countries like Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway have been struggling over the extent to which they should use equipment and services and accept foreign direct investment (FDI) from Chinese telecommunication firms.

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Getting High on China: The High Cost of Low-Priced Drugs for Pharma Firms?

Recently, foreign pharmaceutical makers such as AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Sanofi, and Roche slashed the prices of a large number of drugs sold in China, the world’s second largest drug market.

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No Promise Left Behind: The Effort to Court EU FDI through a China-EU BIT

China and the European Union (EU) have been discussing a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) for a long time. Indeed, the two sides held their 21st round of China-EU BIT negotiations in June 2019.

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Pundits Posit China’s New Foreign Direct Investment Law Progresses!

In May, China passed a new law relating to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that comes into effect at the beginning of 2020. This law replaces three laws relating to wholly-owned foreign enterprises, contractual joint ventures (JVs), and equity JVs that previously constituted China’s formal FDI regime.

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Investing in No Chinese Investment

These days “Washington” seems to think little of Chinese investment. It does not matter if it is Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States (US) or US FDI in China. Importantly, the core concerns in each case are different.

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The Free Trade Zone that Ate Shanghai

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) came into being in 2013. Since its birth, it has scored accomplishments such as faster customs processing times and easier business establishment.

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Banking Blowups, the US-China Trade War, and Implications for China’s Financial Sector Reform

In my March blog, I expressed skepticism about China’s financial sector reform due to Beijing’s myriad political and economic reasons for maintaining control of the banking, insurance, and securities sectors.

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