What motivates Chinese companies to invest in subsidiaries in other countries? What difficulties do they face in host countries? How do these difficulties vary across host countries? Are investments profitable for parent companies? This project will answer these and related questions on the basis of a close analysis of a unique and rare survey among Chinese firms that was commissioned by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and administered by the Institute for Social Science Survey at Peking University (ISSS). ISSS delivered an unpublished descriptive report with the outcomes of the survey, but the rich survey data allow further analysis and more profound conclusions than the report contains. This project will use the data for closer analysis and combine them with data that characterise host countries in order to work towards an academic publication. The project will also create an opportunity, in the form of an ANU-based workshop in November 2019, to discuss the project results and as well as other issues that relate to the rapid increase in the internationalisation of Chinese enterprises around the world, and particularly in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
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