Fear the Dragon? Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 38 pages, July 5, 2012
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Fear the Dragon? considers the promise and challenges associated with Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Canada. It explores how Canada’s FDI regime can be modified to encourage additional Chinese investment.

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This report considers the promise and challenges associated with Chinese foreign direct investment in Canada. The report begins with a review of the key drivers of Chinese FDI and the position of Canada in the Chinese overseas FDI portfolio. It continues with an analysis of how Chinese investment relates to the Canadian national interest. It then explores some of the political problems with Chinese investments and how these are managed (or mismanaged) though the current FDI policy regime. The report concludes with reflections on how to get the most out of Chinese investment by reforming the Canadian FDI policy regime. It suggests seven steps to help Canada balance its desire for Chinese investment with the Canadian national interest in commercial economic development and security.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

Chapter 2—What China Wants From Canada

  • China as the New Japan
  • Go Global
  • A Hunger for Resources
  • China’s Outward FDI Portfolio
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—Chinese Investment: What Is in It for Canada?

  • Inward Foreign Direct Investment: Critical to Canada
  • China’s Foreign Direct Investment in Canada
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—Toward a Better Investment Policy

  • Why a Foreign Direct Investment Policy?
  • Dear China: We Have Trust Issues
  • Capitalism With Chinese Characteristics
  • Playing the Cards We’ve Been Dealt
  • What Are the Risks?
  • What About the Australian Approach?
  • Where to Go From Here

Appendix A—Bibliography

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