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Managing The Dragon’s 2018 China Predictions

From the point of view of U.S. companies and investors, the direction of China’s currency; the level of overseas investment by Chinese companies; and the extent to which China might help to solve the North Korea problem are key questions going into 2018. MTD believes that 2018 will be another strong year for U.S. exports and that this strength will heavily influence China’s actions on other fronts, just as they seemed to do in 2017. If MTD is right, we may just run the table with our 2018 predictions. If we are wrong, we are likely to strike out on most of them.

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Where Have All The Start-Ups Gone?

When Google announced in May 2014 that it planned to build driverless cars, two of the largest industries in the world — the internet and the auto — began to converge. Even when Apple, the other American internet giant, followed with its own plans to build cars, the reaction was somewhat measured in the U.S. […]

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Vehicle Sales in China: First Nine Months of 2017

For the first nine months of 2017, total sales of trucks, buses, and passenger cars in China were up 4.5 percent to 20.2 million units, close to the 5 percent increase that most auto analysts are predicting for the full year. China is on track to be the world’s largest car market for the eighth consecutive year.

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China’s Crowded Auto Industry

By any measure, China’s auto industry is crowded.

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Five Reasons China Outbound M&A Is a Long-Term Trend

During the first half of 2016, China’s outbound merger and acquisition volume of $135.3 billion surpassed the full year total for any year previously. Through June, Chinese companies accounted for 23 percent of all cross-border deals globally. It’s been a few years in the making, but 2016 is shaping up as the year in which […]

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Chinese Technology Firms Eye Autos

The global automotive market, which has always been one of the most competitive in the world, is likely to become even more crowded in the years ahead. Although the level of technology required to produce the modern car is considerable, many industry analysts refer to passenger cars as mere “differentiated commodities” because the way in […]

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Health Care: A Trillion Dollar Industry In The Making

How many times is a trillion dollar industry created? Not very often. After all, a trillion of anything is a very large number. To put it in perspective, only the largest 15 countries in the world had a Gross Domestic Product greater than $1 trillion in 2013. However, no less an authority than McKinsey & […]

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China Cross-Border M&A Continues

In one of the larger overseas industrial acquisitions ever by a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise (“SOE”), Shanghai listed (600458.SS) Times New Material Technology Co., Ltd. (“TMT”) announced last week that it agreed to acquire the Rubber and Plastics Business Unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG (“ZF”) for $399.3 million. While a number of billion-dollar plus overseas deals […]

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China’s SOEs: Expect More Focus on Profitability

China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (“SASAC”) will now begin focusing more on profitability, not sales, in evaluating the performance of the state-owned enterprises (“SOEs”) that it supervises. This shift will have many implications for SOEs as well as their international counterparts in both China and the global marketplace. Despite the fact that China’s […]

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