Wong MNC Center News

June 14th, 2022
In June 2022, the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) became a sponsor of the portion of the Golden State International Relations Observer Podcast covering the international relations of California’s top multinational corporations (MNCs) such as Apple, Chevron, and Disney, among others. The Golden State International Relations Observer Podcast, which is listed on well-known podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, aims to provide information about activities of California representatives, officials, and (select) companies that relate to foreign policy and international affairs. Wong MNC Center Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc F.
June 14th, 2022
In May 2022, the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center), an independent, California based non-profit think tank, won a $55,000 grant from the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Foundation to fund a multi-year, multi-country research project on China’s Digital Silk Road Initiative (DSR), part of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative. This grant will allow Wong MNC Center Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Wong MNC Center Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bas Hooijmaaijers to investigate what is transpiring with respect to the DSR on the ground in countries in Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia, among others. In addition, it will enable them to examine the political, economic, and social effects of DSR projects that have been implemented. Furthermore, it will give them the opportunity to isolate the factors that drive the implementation of the DSR and shape its ultimate effects.
April 7th, 2022
At the 2022 International Studies Association annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, presented a paper about Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI) and technology transfer (TT) to host countries; i.e., the places where FDI takes place, focusing on developing countries. Dr. Blanchard highlighted key themes emphasized in past research, identified the shortcomings of the existing literature, and enumerated numerous reasons why it made little sense to expect significant TT between Chinese business and host countries and their firms. Aside from these themes, Dr. Blanchard presented information about the empirical record regarding Chinese outward FDI and TT in Africa.
January 18th, 2022
Dr. Danielly Ramos has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as a Senior Research Fellow. She is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Brasília. A specialist on Chinese foreign policy and China-Latin American relations, she researchs topics such as Chinese FDI in Latin America.
January 18th, 2022
Dr. Bas Hooijmaaijers has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as a Senior Research Fellow. He is Associate Research Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at East China Normal University and focuses on China-EU relations including Chinese investment in Europe and China's Digital Silk Road. For more information, please see http://www.mnccenter.org/research-fellows.
December 14th, 2021
In mid-December, the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) hosted a workshop entitled Chinese Seaports in Europe and the Americas: Cutting through the Waves in the San Francisco Bay Area (California, USA). This 1-1/2 day workshop, also organized and sponsored by the Wong MNC Center, drew leading academics, researchers, and policymakers from Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States who discussed what Chinese companies were doing in European and Latin American and Caribbean ports in the United Kingdom, Greece, and the Netherlands, provided information about the economic, employment, and political effects of Chinese involvement, and contemplated the responses of 3rd party actors such as the European Union and the implications of those responses.
November 17th, 2021
Mr. Jun GE has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He is the Global CEO of TOJOY Holdings and has responsibilities for the company’s development strategy and operations. TOJOY is the largest private business accelerator in China with a global presence. Previously for nearly 30 years, he served as Global Vice President for Intel, Apple and NVIDIA respectively, leading these companies’ development strategy, corporate investment, and public policies in Asia and China. Further information can be found at: https://mnccenter.org/advisory-board-alphabetical-order.
September 7th, 2021
Ms. Tatiana Rosito has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. Ms. Rosito is a Brazilian economist and diplomat, currently senior consultant to the New Development Bank in Shanghai. She is a Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations and a member of the China-Brazil Business Council’s consultative committee. Tatiana was Petrobras’ China Chief-Representative and served as a diplomat in Beijing and Singapore, having worked over ten years in Asia. Further information can be found at: https://mnccenter.org/advisory-board-alphabetical-order.
May 9th, 2021
Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, was interviewed for a Taihe Institute TI Observer article about China-United States (US) economic relations with a focus on foreign direct investment (FDI). Dr. Blanchard shared his insights about various issues—e.g., the quest for supply chain resiliency, the opening up of various sectors like the financial services industry, improvements in China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) regime, and the US desire for more manufacturing to be done within its territorial confines—that are influencing bilateral economic ties in areas like FDI. He further gave opinions about what might be needed for China and the US to cooperate under the auspices of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Dr. Blanchard concluded the interview with some thoughts about the likelihood that the China-US economic relationship could return to the status quo.
May 9th, 2021
Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, was interviewed for an article in the The Diplomat. Dr. Blanchard offered his thoughts about the state of China-United States (US) foreign direct investment (FDI) and how various dynamics in China and the US and between the two countries might affect FDI going forward. For example, he commented on how China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, China’s emphasis on self-reliance, and the intensified drive towards reshoring might (or might not) affect FDI. Dr. Blanchard saw some positive trends, but also highlighted a number of political and economic factors that might adversely affect FDI patterns.

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