Tag Archives: foreign investment

Foreign firms ‘must follow Chinese law’ – Who Knew?

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The government’s recent intensive antitrust investigations were conducted following Chinese laws and never purposefully targeted any enterprises, Lu Wei, minister of the Office of the CPC Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, told a panel during the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. “China’s governance of the Internet follows the ‘bottom line’ approach, and all foreign…

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The Ralls Wind Farm Case: Not Quite Dead Yet

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I’ve successfully made it through the first work week at my new in-house job, so I’ll reward myself with some blogging. You may recall the Ralls case, where some Chinese investors (backed by SOE Sany) purchased a U.S. firm that owned several wind farms. However, the siting of one of these was problematic (too close…

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Carrefour and the “Double Standard” Label

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You might remember the trouble Nike got into back in October when some consumers alleged that it  maintained different product quality and pricing standards for Chinese customers than with consumers in other nations. This is by no means the first time that a foreign company has been attacked in China for treating customers differently, and…

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What If Heathrow Was In Washington or Chicago?

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If you haven’t heard, China’s sovereign wealth fund CIC bought a 10% stake in London’s Heathrow airport. I was waiting for the usual freaking out and hand wringing over this but then realized that I had made the mistake of using my American brain to analyze the situation. I’m not suggesting that Brits don’t have…

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Reading the VIE Tea Leaves

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Is the government coming for your VIE? As long as you add value, you might be allowed to stick around for a while.

China’s Commerce Minister Says Further Reform Should Be Mutual

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Attending the Boao Forum, China’s Minister of Commerce, Chen Deming, talked about China’s plans for further opening up of certain sectors to foreign investment: “Before China further opens up some sectors, we hope to get in returnequal opening-up within the WTO, and some developed countries in particular can open corresponding sectors[.]” You wouldn’t have heard…

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