On November 18 and 19, 2017, the "Political Economy of China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), Africa, and the Middle East" conference was held in Shanghai, China. The conference, orchestrated and co-sponsored by the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) and hosted and co-sponsored by the School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS) at East China Normal University (ECNU), attracted scholars and attendees from more than a dozen countries including China, Iran, Kenya, Netherlands, the US, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, and Turkey. Opening speeches were given by Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Wong MNC Center, ECNU SAIAS Dean LIU Jun, and ECNU Office of International Exchange Director Dr. Zhou Yunxuan. The conference keynote speech was given by Dr.
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Wong MNC Center "The Political Economy of China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI), Africa, and the Middle East" Conference a Big Success
November 22nd, 2017
Wong MNC Center's organizes "China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa and the Middle East" conference
November 7th, 2017
China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa, and the Middle East: Unpacking Political and Economic Dynamics at a time of Global Transitions
October 30th, 2017
Peter J. Buckley, Ph.D. has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations as an Advisory Board member. Dr. Buckley is a world renowned international business scholar with a specialization in Chinese business. He is Professor, Founder and Director of the Business Confucius Institute, and Founder and Director of the Centre for International Business, all at the University of Leeds (UK). He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 and is an elected Fellow of the British Academy. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Lancaster University (UK).
October 30th, 2017
In mid-October, Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations gave an invited talk at the National University of Singapore Institute of South Asian Studies “Revisiting Globalization: Comparing Country Experiences from South Asia and the World” Workshop. The title of Dr. Blanchard’s talk was “China and Economic Globalization: Powerful Profit indeed, Potential Prophet Indeed.” In his talk, Dr. Blanchard discussed, among other things, China’s economic globalization especially in regard to inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI), the gains and pains associated with both as well as the advantages and disadvantages of China’s strategy for managing inward and outward FDI, and China’s potential to lead economic globalization in the future given current changes.
Executive Director Jean-Marc F. Blanchard interviewed by South China Morning Post about China Investment Corporation
August 30th, 2017
South China Morning Post reporter Frank Tang interviewed Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Executive Director of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, for a story relating to the 10th anniversary of the China Investment Corporation (CIC), China's massive sovereign wealth fund. Dr. Blanchard shared his insights about the CIC's objectives, investment portfolio, and investment performance. Dr. Blanchard noted that the CIC remained heavily oriented internally, remained quite cautious in its investment activities due to a fear of consequences for poor investment performance, and that this conservative investment stance was producing rather mediocre investment performance. Dr. Blanchard also offered some thoughts about how the US government might react to CIC investment.
August 1st, 2017
Mr. Jason Lo, Senior Director of Strategy, Honeywell (China) Co., Ltd., has joined the Advisory Board of the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. He heads Honeywell’s China strategy, covering the company’s diversified portfolio. In 2016, he was honored with Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award, one of eight recipients in the entire company. He has held a number of regional leadership roles since joining Honeywell in 2005. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
July 25th, 2017
Dr. Jorge Heine, Ambassador of Chile to the People's Republic of China, has joined the Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations. Ambassador Heine previously was CIGI Professor of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He previously served as Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka and has held other high government posts. He has consulted for numerous public and private entities and governments, is the author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books including, recently, Reaching Across the Pacific (2014), and is the author of some one hundred academic articles.
June 30th, 2017
At the end of May, 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 panel called “The Art of Attracting Investments and Doing Business in the Baltic Sea Region” at the international 10th Baltic Sea Region Forum orchestrated by the Centrum Balticum and held in Turku, Finland. On the panel, which involved academics/researchers, investment promotion professionals, and policymakers from Finland, Russia, Sweden, the United States, and elsewhere, Dr. Blanchard shared his thoughts about the drivers of East Asian investment in the region and regional countries, the policies countries in the region might adopt to attract more East Asian investment, and the collaborative initiatives that Baltic region countries might embrace at the regional level to attract more East Asian investment.
Wong MNC Center sponsors panel on China’s Evolving Trade and Investment Relationship with Latin America
June 30th, 2017
The Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations (Wong MNC Center) sponsored a panel entitled “China’s Evolving Trade and Investment Relations with Latin America” at the Association of Chinese Political Studies 30th annual meeting held in June 2017 in Tianjin, China. Participants on the well-attended panel included Wong MNC Center Executive Director Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard who spoke about Brazil’s foreign policy towards China, Mr. Javier Luque who analyzed the factors shaping Argentine-China investment relations, and Dr. Jose Luis Leon-Manriquez who undertook a comparative analysis of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean investment in Latin America. The panel, chaired by Dr.