Presentation on theme: "Historical Reasons for China’s Government FDI Role Oded Shenkar Fisher College of Business The Ohio State University."— Presentation transcript:
Historical Reasons for China’s Government FDI Role Oded Shenkar Fisher College of Business The Ohio State University
GDP per Capita: China and Western Europe A.D. $ Year Western Europe China SOURCES: Maddison Angus (2001). The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. p.42; author’s calculations. Western Europe
3 Source: Compiled from Maddison, A 2003, The World Economy-Historical Statistics
Lessons in Foreign Engagement Learning from one’s own experience The opium war and humiliation by the West: Use foreign technology to catch up but do not allow foreigners to establish a permanent foothold; if necessary, protect and promote domestic players at the expense of foreigners; monitor and control foreign investment; experiment on a small scale and move incrementally.
Not to worry much about getting things European to the Chinese, but rather about getting remarkable Chinese inventions to us; otherwise little profit will be derived from the China mission Leibniz’s advice to a Jesuit travelling to China Mokyr,1990/Berg, 2002
Learning from others Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore can teach China useful lessons, for example, that it is vital to gain technology transfer, first via entry more restrictions then via other means; that it is important to grow local champions and it is OK to do it at the expense of foreign competitors and that it is OK to achieve it via a combination of incentives to domestic players and disincentives to foreign players.
Reaching Out Learning to launch outward FDI
FDI Motivation of Chinese Firms (I) Financial Motivation Cheap Capital (especially for SOEs) To mitigate Yuan exchange pressure To take advantage of lower foreign asset pricing (Result of Yuan revaluation and the financial crisis) Relaxation of foreign exchange control for overseas asset acquisition 4/06 and later measures
FDI Motivation of Chinese Firms (II) Strategic and Managerial Motivations Develop global champions Fend off foreign and local competition at home Access technology Get close to market Shorten way to global brands Preempt trade limitations Develop managerial capabilities in global business, marketing, logistics
FDI Motivation of Chinese Firms (III) Political Motivations To enhance China’s global profile To safeguard energy and raw material To counter currency manipulation charges To overcome protectionist sentiment To build domestic constituencies in the US and EU To build geopolitical standing