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Asias Globlization

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In business today there are many companies and countries conducting global business. The Japanese, Chinese and the South Korean's are all very aggressive in this growing trend among countries and corporations. What's interesting is the present state of our political relations with the Chinese and our direct investment in them. It's no secret that if we went to war with China over some unforeseen problem that it would be quite a challenge, so we've taken an alternate route. Keep them close and invest.

China received just over 45 billion in 1997 but Foreign Direct Investment and has not shown signs of slowing down. Jiang Zemin (China's commander and chief) in a recent press conference with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum reassured the pacific rim CEO's he would continue to open his markets to foreign investments. This way of thinking began in 1978 when the Chinese leadership began to move the economy from a restricted market to more of a capitalist market. The results at the forefront of this movement were small, only about 2.7 billion between 1985 and 1990 and then exploded in 1997 to a record of 45 billion. (international business-186)

Mainland Chinese corporations are acquiring overseas assets with the pace picking up. Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. said it would pay $60 million for a 10% stake in the revived Daewoo Auto, now led by General Motors Corp. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) bought a 75% stake in an oil field in North Africa for $394 million. Huayi Group of Shanghai is paying $20 million for the battery-making assets of Moltech Power Systems, a bankrupt company in Gainesville, Fla. Granted, China's investment overseas is tiny compared with the vast amounts of money flowing into the country but it's just the begining. Chinese companies will spend at least $2.4 billion abroad this year, but that's just a fraction of the $50 billion in foreign investment China is projecting for 2002. The modest numbers, though, hide grand ambitions. One strategy of Chinese companies is to buy into new markets. For example, television maker TCL International Holdings Ltd. paid $8 million for Germany's bankrupt Schneider Electronics. "Their sales and distribution channels are very good," says Connie Lau, deputy director of investor relations at TCL. "This is a key step for TCL to enter the European market." China's expansion follows a pattern set by Japanese companies in the 1970s and '80s and by Koreans in the 1990s. But those companies grew behind protective tariff barriers and then expanded overseas because domestic markets



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