MNCs in the News*
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.
March 15th, 2015
Shanghai Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) takes a bite out of Crest. Workers strike at Stella International Holdings, a major shoe supplier to global brands. China will eliminate restrictions on foreign investment in the steel sector as part of effort to ease foreign investment in the country. Xiaomi looks to expand its footprint in India. Japan firms and the Japanese government on track in competition with others railway powers. Korea will enhance Incheon Free Economic Zone to attract foreign investment and spur growth. Policy and business representatives from Korea and Qatar probe investment, knowledge transfer, and other forms of cooperation.
March 8th, 2015
China’s draft counterterrorism law raises substantial concern among foreign companies. Foreign technology firms struggle to determine best way to defend their interests in China. Deputy Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) asserts China’s intellectual property laws are not used to discriminate against foreign technology businesses. Premier Li Keqiang proclaims China will significantly revise Foreign Investment Catalog to reduce foreign investment restrictions. American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai report indicates costs and operating challenges most concern foreign firms in China. Alibaba confronts penalties in Taiwan. Connecticut’s Attorney General investigates Lenovo’s pre-loading of Superfish software. Japan works to limit the power of Google. Japan moves to facilitate foreign investment with one-stop office. South Korean business and government leaders push multi-dimensional opportunities between the two countries. POSCO partners with Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund about possible automobile joint venture in Saudi Arabia.
March 1st, 2015
Foreign firms and industry associations struggle to determine how to deal with Chinese regulators. Foreign information technology firms lose place on China’s official list of approved products. Despite political challenges, Google salivates over China opportunities created by massive Android user base. China’s anti-corruption campaign and other factors disrupt payback from Sino-Myanmar pipeline investments. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo plans to release measures in March to boost inward foreign investment into Japan. Japan’s weak yen policy encourages Japanese firms to invest abroad. Japan’s railway consortium likely to win bid to build Doha subway system. Japan concludes major loan agreement with Kenya to fund expansion of Mombasa port. Korean lobbies foreign companies to invest more in Korea. Indonesian policies to promote its domestic auto sector push out GM. Vietnam’s opening of retail sector to foreign firms intensifies challenges for domestic retailers.
February 23rd, 2015
China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) makes it difficult for foreign IT firms to bank on IT sales in China. Apple Pay encounters business and regulatory obstacles to entering China. China State Administration of Taxation (CSAT) moves to tighten tax loopholes lead to calls for better regulatory predictability, transparency, and service. China’s anti-corruption drive pushes investors to consider the risks and offsetting measures. Japan to raise maximum fines for theft of domestic trade secrets. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) emphasizes its strong commitment to Indonesia’s infrastructure building plans. Complaints over wage practices and working conditions at its suppliers push Japanese Fast Retailing Co. to enhance supplier monitoring. US Transportation Department to fine Japan’s Takata Corp. US $14,000 per day until it fully complies with the former’s investigation into Takata’s defective air bags. The CEO of the Korean Research-based Pharma Industry Association (KRPIA) calls for Korea to reduce government involvement in medical pricing and reimbursement. PT Freeport Indonesia and Papua comes to agreement that will see the mining company build a smelter in Papua.
February 18th, 2015
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) hangs up anti-monopoly case against Qualcomm. American Chamber of Commerce survey of 477 firms in China reveals business concerns about numerous issues. China’s All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) charges Foxconn Technology Group with abusing its workers and Foxconn fights back. Local labor district and labor union mediation helps to settle labor severance dispute at Citizen Guangzhou factory. American and European government representatives and business associations express displeasure with cyberspace situation in China. Chinese investments in Europe soar and Chinese government calls for Greece to protect Chinese investments. ISIS’s murder of Japanese citizens leads to changes in Japanese company operating strategic and environment. The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) initiates an antitrust investigation against Qualcomm. Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs gets into gear to attract foreign investment.