China and ideological diversity

Former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao embraces a local chief during his visit in Accra, Ghana, in 2006. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Frans-Paul van der Putten, Clingendael Institute

One of the most enduring aspects of the global system of international relations has been the divide in terms of power and wealth between the West and the developing world. The rise of China, which combines the features of a developing country with those of an emerging superpower, is affecting the West’s position in the developing world.

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Benchmarking China’s performance: how large is large?

Officials prepare to take samples of Indian-imported iron ore, in China's Shandong province, 27 March 2012 (Photo:AAP).

Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU

China’s rapid rise as a source of international investment has certainly caused a great deal of anxiety in a number of countries where China is buying up big.

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What China’s economic prospects mean for Indonesia

Indonesian workers unload palm fruits at a state-owned palm oil factory in Lebak, Banten Province, Indonesia (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sjamsu Rahardja, World Bank

As the economic woes in the European Union and the United States continue, the East Asian region is proving to be a relatively resilient region that could play a key role in restoring global economic growth.

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China: adapting investment to the Latin American experience

Visitors inspect an open cut copper mine near Calama, Chile. Increasingly, Chinese corporations are adapting their strategies to cope with their international expansion, including those in Latin America. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Miguel Perez Ludeña, UN Secretariat

China became the third-largest investor in Latin America in 2010 — behind the US and the Netherlands — while the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean estimated that Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) reached US$15 billion for the year. Ninety per cent of this was in extractive industries.

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China’s strategic advantages: helping out the euro zone

Chinese Yuan (RMB) are arranged for photographs. Chinese firms that play to their strengths will certainly energise chinese markets.

Authors: Hinrich Voss and Jeremy Clegg, University of Leeds

The changing fortunes of the world’s mature economies relative to the emerging economies have prompted a remarkable reversal of roles when it comes to who might be able to help whom.

And while it would be in everyone’s best interest to help one another in the wake of the global financial crisis, international investment in real assets (as opposed to the purchase of bonds or titles to debt) is the outcome of hard-nosed commercial business decisions. Read more…

Corporate governance and Chinese FDI in Australia

Alcoa of Australia chief executive Alan Grasberg (L) and Chinalco president Xiao Yaqing (R) answer questions at a press conference. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Xueli Huang, RMIT University

Chinese outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has surged since 2003.

In 2010, China’s FDI reached US$57.9 billion, nearly 20 times 2003 levels, and accounted for over 5 per cent of global FDI. Since 2007, Australia has become one of the world’s largest destinations for Chinese FDI. Read more…

Chinese investment in Iran: One step forward and two steps backward

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, is shown the way by Chinese official Yu Zhengsheng after a flag raising ceremony during his visit to the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China on June 11, 2010. (Photo: AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Author: Justin Li, ICE

Chinese foreign direct investment is without a doubt one of the most discussed and debated topics in the world of international trade and investment. The sprawling tentacles of Beijing seem to be extending to the four corners of earth, wherever red dirt and black coal can be found. In the recently released statistical bulletin of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) by the Ministry of Commerce, total stock of Chinese FDI had reached a staggering 1 trillion USD.

The rapid expansion of Chinese investment activities is unnerving politicians from Washington to Wellington. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Chinese investment is Beijing’s appetite and apparent willingness to do business with lepers of the international system, such as Burma, Sudan and Iran. Read more…