MNCs in the News*
May 23rd, 2015
China sets up China Investment Corporation (CIC) subsidiary to support outward investment and the export of advanced industrial capacity. Chinese government will support expansion of e-commerce globally and sector’s growth within China. China’s investment in Brazil to surge in both form and amount. US Department of Energy (DOE) reported discourages Chinese investment in US LNG export projects. China National Petroleum Corporation affiliate concludes oil production expansion deal in Abu Dhabi. Indian Prime Minister Modi touts his “Made in India” program during a visit to Korea. Thai Deputy Prime Minister urges Japanese leader Abe Shinzo to encourage more Japanese investment in Thailand’s growing industrial sector. Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board fields complaints from Chinese investors during road show in Beijing and succeeds in concluding billions in investment commitments. Indonesian high-level delegation visit to Japan sparks new Japanese corporate investment and partnerships on coal gasification. Vietnam reports Japan is Vietnam’s second largest foreign investor and a major investor in processing and manufacturing.
May 17th, 2015
Inward foreign direct investment (FDI) into China continues to impress. China softens move to eliminate preferences given to foreign investors. Tim Cook launches new environmental initiative during visit to China. Cisco CEO John Chambers highlights how politics is affecting his firm’s business and the operations of other IT companies. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner describes the censorship of the firm’s Chinese-language website as essential but “very painful.” China’s freeing of prices in the electricity sector have potential to open new investment and sales opportunities for foreign firms. China’s investment in Africa increases, drawing praise from Kenyan local leaders. Political and economic factors spur increased Chinese investment in Israel. China’s investment lenses focus on Latin America’s “liberal” economies. Korea’s POSCO Energy negotiating joint investment fund with Korea’s National Pension Service that would support overseas power plant investments. Korea’s Daewoo International working with various Saudi government partners on building a car manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia. Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board promises to smooth South Korean investment in Indonesia.
May 9th, 2015
China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) probes…and not…Siemens China healthcare unit over possible bribery. Trademark infringement case throws American shoe company New Balance off balance. Various factors are greasing the way for increased Chinese investment in Russian energy and other sectors. U.S.-China Economic Security Commission publishes report charging Chinese companies with using Chinese law to escape “the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and regulatory agencies.” China’s State Council champions overseas investment as a way to promote exports along the Silk Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road. Huawei bolsters its R&D activities and contributions in Brazil. US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration puts brakes on individual US citizens’ request it conduct an investigation of Toyota (Japan) 2006-2010 Corolla model cars. Provisions of Korea-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement expected to contribute to increase Korea investment in Vietnam.
May 3rd, 2015
China slaps Beijing Simplot Food Processing Co. Ltd. with record fine for water pollution. Qualcomm finds new ways to bolster its position in China. Chinese companies expand the range of investment projects they consider in Brazil despite the latter’s political and economic challenges. Chinese energy companies face multiple political complexities when they invest in Canadian oil sands assets. Chinese companies engage in capacity building due to local supplier problems and negative impact on government relations. Tokyo Electron-Applied Materials Merger fails. Korean firms face troubles relating to China’s new stance towards Variable Interest Entities. Korea’s Foodpolis draws Chinese food firm investments for political and economic reasons. Indonesian moves to leverage its market raise foreign government concerns in regards to Indonesia’s World Trade Organization compliance. Indonesia’s investment board pursues diverse measures to attract “green investment.” Realized foreign direct investment in Vietnam continues to grow.
April 25th, 2015
China’s Finance Minister Lou Jiwei raises concern about US Bilateral Investment Treaty proposals. Wall Street Journal analysis reveals that many Variable Interest Entities may be at risk depending upon how Chinese treats such structures. IBM cooperation with Chinese firm and China raises concerns about the business and political implications. Huawei CEO Eric Xu raises concerns about the potential fallout of China’s new stance toward foreign information technology. The American Chamber of Commerce’s White Paper calls for numerous improvements in the general and sectoral policy environment facing foreign businesses in China. China’s Finance Minister expresses concerns about US Bilateral Investment Treaty demands. China moves to make its negative list more positive in four key free trade zones (FTZs). Jiangsu Province’s Provincial Price Bureau makes Daimler Mercedes-Benz pay a price for price fixing. Visa and MasterCard appear ready to cash in on China’s bank-card clearing market after State Council opens the market in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. Korea moves to enrich up its Food cluster Foodpolis. Korean president Park Geun-hye visit to Latin America results in boost to Korean investment and trade. Indonesia will court Chinese investors with special “information desk” in Beijing.
April 20th, 2015
China will delay rules on banking IT to solicit feedback. China grapples with rising foreign business concern about data storage and access regulations. Foreign investment in China continues to show despite evidence of a slowdown in other areas. China’s National Development and Reform Commission stresses that China will be moving to a “Negative List” management system for inward foreign direct investment (FDI). Shanghai vows to protect Disney Resort’s intellectual property (IP). Qualcomm moves to reconnect with China after its $1 billion antitrust fine. China Metallurgical Group (MCC) struggles to mine the riches of its Afghanistan copper mine. Indonesian government “Made in Indonesia” plan drives Xiaomi to explore component assembly in Indonesia. Korea seeks to fatten up foreign investment its food hub, Foodpolis, with various incentives and high-quality assets.
April 14th, 2015
China enhances predictability and transparency of tax law process. Court case puts pressure on China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Monsanto to release data on Roundup. China moves to ease RMB conversion by foreign-invested enterprises. State Council promises to facilitate outward investment by Chinese firms. China’s Tong Ren Tang and other TCM companies leverages Chinese government support to expand its international presence. Warm Japanese-Indonesian relations spur Japanese businesses to court good relations with Indonesia. Korea Rural Community Corp. pushes to win major Indian land reclamation project.
April 6th, 2015
China puts the brakes on foreign automobile joint venture (JV) ownership shares. The implementation of some of China’s bank technology security rules may be delayed. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew makes China’s counterterrorism law and banking technology rules a centerpiece of his visit to China. China State Council’s recently mandated changes to local government foreign investment attraction incentives will adversely impact Korean investment. Indonesian President welcomes Chinese investment to Indonesia and calls for greater cooperation. Indonesia’s investment attraction agency will partner with Indonesia’s spy agency to generate better investment information.
March 29th, 2015
China remains an attractive FDI destination, but observers say policy predictability and transparency are critical to attracting greater amounts. China may give foreign companies greater options in the securities sector. China faces questioning in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its banking sector information technology (IT) restrictions. China works to bud into a global seed/agro-business giant. UK Banbury cybersecurity center gives Huawei clean bill of (security) health. Japanese corporate passivity in chasing Australian submarine tender opportunity is offset by Japanese official enthusiasm. Indonesia compliments Japanese auto firms on their investment expansion plans. Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) moves to control Bayer’s oral conceptive business in Korea. Korean civil group accuses McDonald’s of labor violations. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) adds to Hyundai-Kia’s incentives to enlarge production in Mexico. Surging auto imports into Taiwan due to trade agreement led Volkswagen to shy away from investing in the island.
March 22nd, 2015
China National People’s Congress (NPC) senior official says China’s counter-terrorism law on hold. Foreign information technology (IT) companies face severe challenges due to the implementation of China Banking and Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and Ministry of Information and Industry Technology Banking sector IT rules. Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) data show slowing inward foreign direct investment (FDI) growth in February versus the prior year. Shanghai Gao Tong Semiconductor chips away at Qualcomm with a trademark violation suit. Yahoo will shut its China research center. Foreign businesses find nothing to celebrate in China Central Television’s (CCTV) China’s Consumer Rights Day show. Chinese government lends a financing hand to Chinese companies pursuing overseas projects. China will audit its largest state-owned enterprises to limit excess competition, losses, and corruption. Limits of China-South Korea FTA will result in expansion of South Korea car firms in China. The Consumer Union of Korea pans IKEA’s pricing practices in Korea.