Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations
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Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations

Edited by Alice de Jonge and Roman Tomasic

Transnational corporations (TNCs) have moved to the forefront of regulatory governance both within states and in the international arena. The Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations provides expert background commentary and up-to-date insights into regulatory frameworks impacting on TNCs at global, industry and national levels. Written by global experts in their field, this unique collection of essays provides in-depth understanding of how the forces of globalisation affect the world’s largest corporations, and how those corporations, in turn, shape globalisation.
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Chapter 10: China’s investment traditions and the modern transnational corporation

Megan Bowman, George Gilligan and Justin O'Brien


China is at the heart of the world’s economy, and it is emerging as a crucial investment player in almost all global markets. This chapter examines China’s trade and investment patterns through a longitudinal lens. Specifically, it analyzes data on foreign direct investment (inward and outward) in the context of China’s Five-Year Plans as an under-utilized prism through which to view trade and investment from a Chinese national perspective. This approach discusses China’s traditions of external investment and how China has become a modern global investment force by following its historical traditions of external investment.

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