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China ODI in France: Challenge and Opportunities

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  • Francoise Nicolas

    () (French Institute of International Relations)

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Taking France as a case study, the paper tries to explain for the presence of Chinese firms, assesses in detail factors influencing their activities and provides a tentative assessment of the impacts. The paper argues that the concerns expressed about the presence of Chinese investors are so far wholly misplaced for a number of reasons. Firstly, Chinese outward direct investment (ODI) is still extremely limited. Secondly, Chinese investors can be shown to behave exactly like any other foreign investors with market-seeking objectives prevailing over strategic asset-seeking motivations. Finally, Chinese ODI may lead to win-win situations. In particular, French firms can be in a position to benefit from Chinese ODI by either discharging underperforming assets or getting an access to the Chinese market.

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  • Francoise Nicolas, 2010. "China ODI in France: Challenge and Opportunities," Transnational Corporations Review, Ottawa United Learning Academy, vol. 2(4), pages 5-26, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oul:tncr09:v:2:y:2010:i:4:p:5-26
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