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Canada Greenlights CNOOC’s Purchase of Nexen

Last Friday, the Canadian government approved China’s biggest overseas energy acquisition, a $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (NYSE: “NXY”) by CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE: “CEO”). State-owned CNOOC is China’s largest offshore driller, while Nexen is a Calgary based independent energy company that operates in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and offshore West […]

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A123: Another Test For China’s U.S. Expansion Plans

The pending auction of the battery business of A123 Systems, Inc. (OTC Markets: “AONEQ”) will present yet another test for the U.S. expansion plans of Chinese companies interested in becoming global players. On October 16, A123, a Massachusetts-based company that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems, filed for bankruptcy […]

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Opportunities In China: The Next 10 Years

In his keynote speech at the opening of the 18th National Congress of China’s Communist Party, Hu Jintao, the outgoing President of China, set a new target for economic growth, saying that China should double its 2010 GDP and per capita income by 2020. “On the basis of making China’s development much more balanced, coordinated and […]

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China Leads In Foreign Direct Investment

For the first time since 2003, China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest recipient of global foreign direct investment (FDI). During the first six months of the year, FDI flows to China totaled $59 billion, a slight decline from $61 billion in the first half of 2011. Meanwhile, FDI flowing to the […]

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International Retailers Struggle in China

International Retailers Struggle in China

In recent weeks, many of the large international retailers have announced changes in their expansion plans for China. Home Depot (NYSE: HD), the large U.S. do it yourself chain, is closing stores, as is Tesco PLC (LSE: TSCO.L), the large U.K. retailer. Even the two earliest entrants into China’s retailing industry, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) […]

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Get Ready For More China Overseas Investment

All signs point to the fact that Chinese companies are gearing up to make more overseas direct investments (ODI) in coming years. Moreover, there are indications that they are likely to find more welcoming arms than they have in the past — at least in some circles. First, there’s the anecdotal evidence. Just in the […]

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China’s Financial Institutions Expand Overseas

The world’s beleaguered financial services industry may begin receiving much needed capital support from an unexpected source—China. Reflecting the relative strength and growth of their country’s underlying economy, Chinese banks and securities firms are now following the examples of their industrial cousins and stepping up overseas expansion plans. Ever since I’ve been in China, the […]

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The Missing $1 Billion in the US Trade Complaint

On September 17, the United States notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its request for consultations with China on “China’s measures providing subsidies such as grants, loans, foregone government revenue, the provision of goods and services and other incentives contingent upon export performance to automobile and automobile-parts enterprises in China.” Under WTO rules and […]

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Lincoln Joins the Luxury Car Race in China

Last week, the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: “F”) announced that it will launch Lincoln in China in the second half of 2014. Ford is currently in negotiations with potential dealers with a goal to establish an independent dealer network for the model that will offer a new level of personalized service not currently offered by […]

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HBS Alumni In The Global Economy

HBS Alumni In The Global Economy

The June edition of the HBS Alumni Bulletin focused on Harvard Business School (HBS) alumni operating in the global economy. As a 1973 graduate with a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA), I was pleased to be one of those featured. Other featured alumni include Sunil Bharti Mittal (Owner/President Manager Program 27, 1999) who is […]

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