China: Investing in the World

35 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2013 Last revised: 24 Apr 2014

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Megan Bowman

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

George Gilligan

University of Melbourne - Centre for Corporate Law

Justin O’Brien

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: September 27, 2013

Abstract

It is clear that China has emerged as a key investment actor in the current global milieu. What is not so clear is why this is so. This paper adds an historical perspective to the state capital story by examining China’s trade and investment patterns through a longitudinal lens. The paper outlines the emergence of China as a modern global investment force and discusses the strategic importance of securing supply as a motive for China’s outward direct foreign investment. The paper also focuses on Australia as a recipient nation of foreign direct investment from China and highlights some regulatory tensions that can arise from a state capital investor-investee relationship.

Keywords: China, foreign direct investment, regulation

JEL Classification: F21, G18, K33

Suggested Citation

Bowman, Megan and Gilligan, George and O’Brien, Justin, China: Investing in the World (September 27, 2013). UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-70. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2331833

Megan Bowman (Contact Author)

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

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George Gilligan

University of Melbourne - Centre for Corporate Law ( email )

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Justin O’Brien

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
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Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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