China’s elderly care needs create space for foreign investors. China’s efforts to control capital flight are leading to increased bureaucratic review and deal delays. Japan’s Takata Corp. enters into a settlement pursuant to which it accepted a felony charge and will create two compensation funds worth USD $1 billion. Nissan Motor Co. faces fines relating to worker injuries at its Mississippi and Tennessee auto factories. Despite the threat of Chinese sanctions, Lotte Group exchanges land with the Korean government that the latter wants for its THAAD missile system deployment. In the face of US President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs on goods imported from Mexico, LG Electronics announced plans for a home appliance plant in Tennessee that will produce for the US market. Freeport McMoran and Indonesia battle it out with some optimistic a settlement will be reached and others fretting about adverse political and economic consequences for Indonesia. Saudi Arabia and Indonesia strike numerous deals following King Salman’s visit to the latter, though Indonesia hopes for tens of billions of dollars more.
China forces Apple to withdraw New York Times apps from its China App store. During a visit to Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry official warns Korean businesses of possible adverse consequences because of South Korea’s adoption of THAAD system. US government report may result in tighter restrictions on foreign involvement in US semiconductor sector with particular ramifications for Chinese investors. There are doubts Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the US will be able to maintain the same volume in 2017 as in 2016. Sri Lanka will strike agreements with Chinese investors to advance the Hambantota Port project, but large local protests dampen the atmosphere. Donald Trump blasts Toyota’s plans to invest in Mexico and sell to the US, with Japanese officials defending the contribution of Japanese firms to the US. While growing slowly, inward FDI (IFDI) into South Korea hits new heights with European Union (EU) investors representing a big proportion of investing firms. Indonesia remains optimistic about its ability to attract IFDI despite the fracturing of its partnership with JP Morgan Chase. Thailand plans new measures and new focuses in its efforts to reach new IFDI targets for 2017.
In early September the Korean shipping company, Hanjin, went into bankruptcy, no longer able carry the burden of its $5.5 billion debt, a long string of losses, and brutally intense competition coupled with the loss of support from its bankers.
China’s State Council will work to expand service and merchandise trade by giving foreign businesses new opportunities. Chinese Ministry of Commerce think tank researcher expects Chinese outbound M&A to hit new record in 2016. Regulatory issues in China and abroad appear to impact some Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI). Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Europe) and the Chinese embassy in Spain scramble to react to Spanish police raid in connection with suspected money laundering by ICBC Madrid. COSCO formally declared the preferred bidder for the privatization of of Greece’s Piraeus port. Visit of South Korea’s Trade Minister to eBay Korea’s Incheon facility leads the latter to promise to help small Korean merchants tap the online export market. Volkswagen Korea faces ongoing pressure from Korean regulators in connection with recall orders relating to its emissions-data cheating cars. South Korean outward FDI experiences strong growth in 2015. South Korea accuses North Korea of using Kaesong moneys for its military programs. Korean government agencies mobilize to encourage foreigners to participate in the development of Korean startups. Indonesia’s e-commerce sector lauds government’s plan to open the e-Commerce to FDI. Indonesian president tells businesspeople at US-ASEAN Business Council Conference that his country will undertake more FDI-related reforms. Thai officials express optimism about the Thai-Chinese negotiations about a medium-speed rail project. Vietnamese and American companies strike numerous deals on the sidelines of the US-ASEAN Summit. Vietnam’s southern Binh Dinh Province will take steps to attract more FDI.
Shanghai Zhangjiang National Innovation Zone allows new possibilities for foreign pharmaceutical companies to focus on their core competencies. Sharp’s acceptance of a buyout bid from Foxxconn suggests Japan really may start to welcome more foreign direct investment (FDI). Japan’s Mitsubishi willing to do all work in Australia to win major Australian next generation submarine contract. Gaeseong Industrial Complex falls victim to tit-for-tat between South and North Korea over the latter’s missile and nuclear tests. Daewoo Engineering & Construction wins project commissioned by Indian state-run enterprise at a time of a special strategic partnership between India and South Korea. Indonesia to undertake major FDI liberalization. Indonesian filmmakers cheer opening of the film industry and cinema sector to foreign investment. Indonesian government plans to provide legal guarantee to PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) for Indonesia’s high-speed rail project. Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) touts the successes of its new investment promotion policy and cluster-promotion scheme. Thailand’s Commerce Ministry aims to bolster the overseas investment capabilities of Thai small- and medium-enterprises. Malaysia sees greater Chinese inward FDI in the future. European Chamber of Commerce expresses its hopes for legal and policy changes during the next Filipino presidency.
Inward foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into China grew 7.1 percent in September over the prior year. China’s National Development Reform Commission expects to produce first draft of antirust guidelines for the automobile sector by the end of October. China’s State Administration of Taxation moves forward with plan to deal with tax avoidance issues such as transfer pricing. Google reported activates Google Maps and Google Earth on and moves servers to the Chinese mainland. IBM to allow China to view its security codes in a clean room to assuage Chinese concerns about foreign technology. Chinese OFDI continues to show strength, especially along One Belt, One Road. Russian subnational units court Chinese investment. Dakang New Zealand pulls out of massive dairy investment in New Zealand blaming regulatory obstacles. Chinese anticorruption authorities move against Sam Pa as part of investigation of Su Shulin and Sinopec. Japan works with Iran to bolster its investment opportunities in the country. Korea’s Trade-Investment Promotion Agency holds job fair to help young Korean jobseekers land positions with foreign companies in Korea and abroad. Starbucks Coffee Korea brews up a new mix of programs to give back to the community in Korea. Korean firms score well in winning packages to build a massive oil refinery in Kuwait. Freeport favors IPO divestment method to satiate Indonesian government requirements for ownership stake reallocation.
Leading car hailing services apply for legal status from Chinese authorities. The US has identified Chinese companies that it feels profited from Chinese military hack of US corporate data. Inward FDI in Korea is heavily concentrated around Seoul, though the trend is not as strong as in past years. Korea is considering imposing “Google tax” on mobile and electronic device app and content purchases. Volkswagen Korea will issue written apology for software that provided deceptive vehicle emissions data. Hansae plans to build a large plant in Haiti to jump US tariff walls. Indonesia grapples with Japan’s displeasure with its awarding of a medium-speed speed rail project to China. Malaysia expresses confidence that state-linked firms are capable of dealing with the challenges of TPP related competition. Singapore pressures retailers not to do procure from or sell the products of firms associated with massive fires in Indonesia that are polluting Singapore. Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency will take measures against Volkswagen for its scheme to circumvent environmental regulations.