China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and by Kerry Brown

By Kerry Brown

Brings jointly the research of world-class commentators on China from throughout Europe to discover the coverage points of the China-EU courting. aimed toward practitioners, this booklet exhibits the right way to relate to China virtually and comprehend its complexities for company reasons, together with funding, social unrest, and China's five-year software.

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It is voiced against the Chinese government, and reflected in the 55 anti-dumping measures and one anti-subsidy measure in force in the EU against Chinese imports as of 30 June 2011. The highlighting of these sectors for FDI can therefore be explained as encouraging trade-substituting and import barrier-avoiding investment in low-cost EU countries in order to defend existing market share. The Czech Republic (forestry) and Poland (mining) also feature as hosts for activities focused on natural resources.

Such characteristics encompass Chinese government attitudes and the Chinese institutional framework towards investing abroad. Indeed, one aspect that must not be overlooked in the Chinese context is the role of the government, which has been central in guiding the domestic economy to today’s economic success. The stance of central government policy has changed towards outward investment in recent years. Although cross-border investments were first permitted in the late 1970s, they were heavily restricted by the government.

The ‘investor’ category refers either to a consortium of several investors or to equity investors who do not fall into the other categories. Government investors are those who form part of the Chinese state, such as SOEs. Public investors are corporations with shares that are publicly traded. But this does not mean that a significant proportion of their equity cannot lie in Chinese government hands, either directly or indirectly. Therefore, it is not possible to say that these publicly listed firms are strictly comparable to the majority of publicly listed firms in the EU.

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