Wong MNC Center News

March 5th, 2021
Mr. Larry Greenwood has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He is Senior Adviser at BowerGroupAsia and also Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) Board Chairman. From 2016-2019, he was JSNC President. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director for Government Relations in Asia for MetLife. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Vice President at the Asian Development Bank. He served as US Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group from 2000-2003 and retired in 2006 as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Economic Bureau of the State Department. Greenwood holds a BA from Eckerd College and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
January 12th, 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 Financial Times story examining China's continuing success in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) despite Covid-19 and political tensions between the United States and China. The story highlighted China's continuing economic growth, strength in particular economic sectors like logistics, and opening of certain sectors such as financial services as drivers of the positive inward FDI data. Outward FDI presented a different story and has not approached the highs of 2015 to 2017 for multiple reasons, two of which were, as Dr. Blanchard noted, sensitivity about capital outflows (which still persists to some extent today) as well as a crackdown on some private Chinese companies such as Anbang and HNA that had been big players in China's OFDI surge during the aformentioned period.
January 12th, 2021
Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Founding Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center), was invited to participate in an ambitious Middle East Institute (MEI) Frontier Europe Initiative report on China in the Black Sea region, which focused on China's expanded role in the region in the context of its mega Belt and Road Initiative. To quote the report home page, "China has been wooing littoral states in hopes of securing new markets for its goods and investing in infrastructure projects. But some worry that there is more to Chinese actions in the region than meets the eye. The worry is that China will increase its political and diplomatic clout in a region that is considered vital for Russian interests and create tension between Moscow and Washington.
December 2nd, 2020
The third and final volume, entitled China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa, and the Middle East: Feats, Freezes, and Failures, in the 3-part edited book series on China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI) orchestrated by the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) has been published online by Palgrave. This book analyzes the progress of the MSRI, highlights the political and economic factors affecting its realization, and offers insights into the political and economic implications of China’s endeavor. It focuses specifically on countries within Africa and the Middle East to provide a basis for a substantive examination of these issues in a manner sensitive to the milieu in individual countries and relevant regions. Other books in the series include one on China’s MSRI and South Asia (Palgrave, 2018) and a second on China's MSRI and Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2019).
October 27th, 2020
China’s Maritime Silk Road, Africa, and the Middle East: Feats, Freezes, and Failures is now publicized on the Palgrave MacMillan website. This edited volume, initiated and brought to fruition by the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center), features contributions by a distinguished group of experts on Africa-China and Middle East-China economic and political affairs on topics such as Iran’s relations with China in the context of China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), Ethiopia’s involvement in the MSRI and its ramifications for Ethiopian foreign and domestic policies, and the distribution of MSRI benefits for East African states such as Kenya and Djibouti. The volume represents the third volume in a widely read series of books on China’s MSRI orchestrated by Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, the Founding Executive Director of the Wong MNC Center.
October 27th, 2020
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 Financial Times story covering plummeting foreign direct investment (FDI) flows between China and the United States (US). The story described trends in bilateral FDI statistics, identified some of the reasons such as Covid-19 and tensions between Beijing and Washington for the depressed numbers, and noted some future risks. Asked to comment on the reasons for the dismal bilateral FDI flows situation, Dr. Blanchard highlighted the decline of major private Chinese players as one causal factor meriting special attention. The full story appears in Thomas Hale, “China-US Investment Falls to Lowest in Almost a Decade,” Financial Times, September 16, 2020. Copyright remains with the original holder.
June 1st, 2020
On May 6, 2020, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) participated in a webinar organized by the China Analysis Group of the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). For this timely CEBRI webinar, which focused on the theme of “Asian production chains and technological decoupling,” and included participants representing institutions in Brazil, China, and the United States (US), Dr. Blanchard offered thoughts about the impact of the US-China trade war, US moves to decouple from China, and Covid-19 on the future of Asian supply chains, foreign direct investment (FDI) moving into China, Chinese outward FDI, contracting, and the related issue of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
April 14th, 2020
Mr. Kenneth Jarrett has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He is a Senior Advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. He previously served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from September 2013 to December 2018. Prior to that he was the Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs consultancy, and before that a U.S. diplomat. During his 26-year diplomatic career, his postings included Consul General in Shanghai, Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, and Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. Mr. Jarrett has degrees from Cornell University, Yale University, and the National War College. He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.
March 26th, 2020
Dr. Shaun Breslin has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as a Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Breslin is Professor of Political and International Studies at Warwick University (UK), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Co-Editor of the top ranked Pacific Review. He is a well-known specialist on China and political economy. For more information, please see http://www.mnccenter.org/research-fellows.
March 26th, 2020
Dr. Pichamon Yeophantong has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as a Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council Fellow, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Canberra, and leads a project examining the impacts of Chinese resource and infrastructure investment. For more information, please see http://www.mnccenter.org/research-fellows.

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