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MNCs in the News-2015-05-08

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-05-01

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-04-24

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-04-17

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-04-10

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-04-03

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-03-13

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-02-13

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.

MNCs in the News-2015-02-06

China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) encourages Chinese banks to use more domestic technology. China’s moves to fight tax avoidance by MNCs raise fears among foreign firms in China. American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing raises concern about Chinese agricultural policies. Chinese railway firm pursues railway project cancellation compensation from Mexico while Chinese agencies express hope Chinese rights will be protected. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare will slap business suspension order on Novartis. Japanese car companies suffering from US West Coast port labor strikes. World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks Korea among the lowest in terms of policy transparency. Foreign business associations in Korea lobby Korea to control labor costs and unions. Foreign companies charge Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) is biased.

MNCs in the News-2015-01-30

United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD) data shows China reigns supreme in terms of inward foreign direct investment (FDI). Despite concerns, business and reform motives drive China’s Ministry of Finance to approve Chia Tai Bright Investment Co. Ltd.’s joint venture (JV) 20 percent stake in Citic Ltd. China moves to intensify support for domestic semiconductor sector to increase information security and advance domestic innovation. Information security in the banking sector becomes a priority for the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) raising new challenges for foreign firms. China’s requirements for foreign information technology company information disclosures provoke foreign business complaints and calls for “urgent discussions.” Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) representative says blockage of VPNs part of measures China adopting to protect Internet security. China will boost the internationalization of its firms through various measures and money. China and African Union sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance China’s involvement in African infrastructure and continental integration. Japanese auto parts maker Sanden settles pricing fixing case with the US Justice Department. The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) probes 5 Japanese and German auto parts companies for price fixing. Seoul awards multiple trillion won public safety network contract to Huawei.

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