MNCs in the News*
August 29th, 2015
China dials up new leadership at its telecommunications giants. Tsinghua Unigroup attempts to chip away at opposition to its purchase of Micron Technology. China investors see stable investment returns on offer in the UK. China’s Yunnan province pushes infrastructure construction to support the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and other initiatives. Alibaba given 6-month extension to operate in Taiwan while Taiwan appellate body review its case. Japan strives to strengthen its medical and pharmaceutical firms. Japan and Mekong River nations adopt “Mekong Industrial Development Vision.” Japan and China competition to build high-speed railway in Indonesia reaches its final stages. Korea touts its advantages and pursues new policies in order to double inward foreign direct investment (FDI). Korea orders recalls of select Ferrari cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Volvo trucks due to various defects. Toyota puts the brakes on Prius production in Thailand due to tariff dispute. Foreign business leaders in Thailand believe Erawan Shrine bombing will not influence FDI inflows. Investors express complain about the vagueness of Vietnam’s new foreign investment guide.
August 24th, 2015
China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) revives “dead” banking sector technology rules. Chinese labor law on dispatch workers encourages firms to turn to contract manufacturing. High-tech firms turn to Hong Kong as new host destination. National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and CBRC issue guidelines designed to prod banks to support major overseas and domestic projects. China injects massive amount of capital into China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China to bolster resources for outward investment and overseas projects. Sri Lanka stresses it still welcomes Chinese investment. Korean coal-fired power plant project in Kazakhstan may be going up in smoke. Korea’s LG Group and its affiliates look to deepen their involvement in Western China on the back of good government relations and favorable Chinese government policies. Indonesia optimistic about inward FDI in manufacturing and will offer special policies to attract more. Vietnam will give private investors greater stakes in select state energy companies. Vietnam courts foreign public and private involvement in its tuna and seafood industries
August 24th, 2015
Inward FDI into China in July shows decent growth. China’s State Council works on the distribution of a draft automobile sector antitrust policy. Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment lauds contribution of foreign firms to Shanghai’s innovation. Qualcomm partnership with Semiconductor Manufacturing Industrial chips away at competitors. Tsinghua Unigroup is on the move to bolster China’s domestic telecommunication chip capabilities. Chinese outward foreign direct investment soars in first six months of the year versus the prior year. Chinese firms pour money into Germany. Mitsubishi Materials works to settle restitution cases with Chinese laborers. South Korean companies very willing to work in North Korea. Japanese and Chinese battle to win high-speed rail opportunity in Indonesia. Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) one-stop service wins new rights to permits for the oil and gas sector and minerals and coal mining sector.
August 11th, 2015
Foreign car companies launch recalls for cars imported into and produced in China. GlaxoSmithKline rehires employee who may have revealed its bribery activities in China. China public security organs will establish network security offices in leading Internet firms. Facing soaring costs at home, Chinese textile firms invest in the US to take advantage of lower production costs. Chinese firms increasingly planting agricultural investment in places like Australia. Mitsubishi Materials arrives at a settlement with conscripted Chinese workers. Japan will send high-level minister to Iran to explore investment and trade opportunities. Korean Economic Research Institute calls for government to reduce restrictions and provide better services to improve Korea’s inward FDI performance. Australian court overturns massive Adani group (India) mine, rail, and port project in Australia. Indonesia to issue new tax holiday policy. Vietnam touts growing M&A and policies to support greater foreign investment in Vietnam. Vietnam recognizes contribution of foreign firms to promoting the sale of Vietnamese goods.
August 10th, 2015
Mercedes-Benz blows out over faulty fuses. China works to boost mixed-ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), giving new investment opportunities to foreign investors. China’s GSR Ventures to raise USD $5 billion to support China’s quest to acquire more technology. Korea Economic Research Institute head encourages the government to take anti-hedge fund measures. Indonesia grants PT Freeport Indonesia export license, deeming they are making progress in developing their local smelter capability. Widodo lobbies China to invest more and help Indonesia become an “Asian production base.” Chinese Consul-General promises hundreds of Chinese SOEs to invest in West Sumatra. Taiwan Investment Commission approves USD $2.78 billion of outbound investment by Taiwan firms. Vietnam pushes its firms to build up their domestic and international brand names.
July 25th, 2015
China’s utilized foreign direct investment (FDI) in first six months of 2015 increases significantly over the same period in 2014. Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) expects solid FDI inflow results for 2015. China’s move to create incentives for traditional gas-powered hybrids may open opportunities for foreign car companies in China. Chinese outward FDI is on a path to exceed inward FDI. Tsinghua Unicom’s pursuit of Micron raises all kinds of anxieties. Chinese FDI dominates Myanmar investment scene. U.S. Federal Reserve Bank requires China Construction Bank to shape up it anti-money laundering rules. China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank of China promises to help Kenya realize new gains. Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials apologizes for use of slave laborers during Second World War and reports suggest it may offer compensation. Japan Tobacco International faces opposition in Taiwan to massive plan investment proposal. Indonesia remains Southeast Asia’s premier FDI destination, but faces challenges in reaching 2015 targets. Thailand attracts more investment projects in July, but value of investment falls
July 19th, 2015
Food labeling scam smears name of German grocery chain in China. Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. to bite at US chipmaker Micron Technology. China pursues investment in European Fund for Strategic Investments. Chinese solar firms invest overseas to jump trade barrier walls and diversify. Huawei connects to EU 5G Public Private Partnership. Malaysian Investment Development Authority touts the country’s jump in a Foreign Policy magazine ranking of foreign investment destinations. Malaysian officials encourage Chinese investment in non-construction sector and in building up Malaysia’s internal transportation network. Vietnam holds forum to solicit expect views on foreign investment in the agricultural sector. Vietnamese software firm gains coveted license to run wholly owned telecommunications service operation in Myanmar. Google adjusts name of disputed South China Sea reef in response to Filipino protests.
July 14th, 2015
China tells foreign businesses to stop whining. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) reports that China’s three new free trade zones (FTZs) have attracted significant foreign direct investment (FDI). China’s draft cybersecurity law raises new concerns among foreign technology firms and foreign companies operating in China. China’s heavy outward FDI to and presence around Angola raise concerns among Angolans. Tokyo hosts “Mekong Five” leaders summit to promote export, investment, and infrastructure opportunities for Japanese firms. Japan looks to beat China to build the first deep-water port in Bangladesh. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chano-Cha courts greatest Japanese investment in Thailand’s special economic zones. Indonesia’s state energy firm Pertamina asserts ownership over the Mahakam block. Indonesia to revoked thousands of unused investment permits issued between 2000 and 2006. Freeport-McMoRan moves to divest mining shares pursuant to Indonesia government regulations. Vietnam moves to build investment and business cooperation in ICT with Japan and South Korea. Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary promises administrative reforms on tax and customs procedures to create a better investment climate for foreign businesses.
July 5th, 2015
China passes National Security Law that alarms Foreign Businesses. Food scandal makes mincemeat out of OSI (China) Holding Co.’s bottom line. Li Keqiang calls on the European Union (EU) and China to make progress on an investment treaty. By 2020, China will be world’s largest cross-border investor including foreign direct investor (FDI). China and Brazil agree to set up $20 billion fund to support “bilateral capacity cooperation.” Chinese private firms are leading candidates to takeover rescued Portuguese bank. Vietnam undertakes dramatic changes to open its economy to foreign investors in a bid to boost economic growth. Vietnam moves to unify state supervision of all investment activities including FDI. Coca-Cola finds one of its local business joint venture associations in Myanmar is not so sweet.
June 30th, 2015
China and US will exchange revised Negative Lists pursuant to their Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiations. China undertakes various initiatives to bolster the e-commerce sector in China including opening the sector to foreign investors. Chinese steel companies contemplate investment in Southeast Asia, pushed by government and pulled by host country attractions. Taiwan’s Hon Hai will build vertically integrated supply chain in India to tap into Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” scheme. Japanese development agency, Japanese companies, and Myanmar work together on training initiative to lay a foundation for future railway investment opportunities. Indonesia works to court Chinese and Japanese investors in labor-intensive and export-oriented areas. Outward investment from Singapore plummets 78.1 percent year-over-year in first half of 2015