Behind the Open Door: Foreign Enterprises in the Chinese Marketplace

How China opened its doors to world
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It was the beginning of the Chinese dream," Ulrich said. Now 51, Ulrich has been ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful global businesswomen.


She was also one of the first students from the Chinese mainland to study at Harvard University at the United States. But over time, as the reforms continued to ripple through the market and focused global attention on 'the rising dragon', I knew it was my calling to interpret the 'China story' for the world," she said. If you were a Western student, you would study lots of things about the politics of the late 20th century.

You would study the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid," he said. The results have been staggering.

Brown, although recognizing the significance of , said the world we live in now derives from This was a truly great event, and so many issues we are dealing with now, such as the shape of the global economy, all date back to that year. Jacques, the British academic, also believes there is insufficient acknowledgement of in the West.

That tells you virtually everything you need to know about the inability to comprehend one of the greatest trends in the world. The West is now blind and does not have a sense of the future anymore. It has lost its compass and has moved into a siege mentality," he said. For Ulrich at JPMorgan Chase, the impact of reform and opening-up will continue to shape the world, with its ability to invest in other nations through moves such as the Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by President Xi Jinping in State direction has played a significant role in the success of the Chinese economy, from establishing SEZs in the s to current initiatives such as setting up Free Trade Zones.

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Rana Mitter, director of the University of Oxford China Centre, said the reform measures developed a momentum of their own in the s. With the setting up of Special Economic Zones, Guangdong took off like a rocket," he said. Deng's Southern Tour in , when he visited the Shenzhen SEZ, and famously said "to get rich is glorious", was also another important stepping stone, Mitter said. William Kirby, T. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University, said part of the reform dynamism was the return of family businesses, particularly after Ulrich believes one of the most important ingredients in China's success has been the way it has managed to rapidly integrate itself with the global economy.

Over the past half century, China has transitioned from a closed, agriculture-based economy to one that is vibrant and deeply connected across virtually every sector in the world," she said. Mitter, author of China's War With Japan, The Struggle for Survival , said part of the reform initiative's success was its timing. It created what the historian Niall Ferguson called 'Chinamerica', referring to the two economies becoming complementary.

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Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth , said the reform initiative has not been without its problems, particularly widening the inequality between the rich coastal regions and poorer inland ones. He believes this has particularly affected the farming community, which has not benefited in the same way as the urban population.

For China to be an enduring rich country, it needs to have a prosperous agricultural sector as well.

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As the anniversary of the reform initiative is marked, China, which became a member of the World Trade Organization in , is continuing to open up its economy. Mitter said: "People are looking to see what role China will play as a key actor on the international stage in the next phase of its development. That question remains to be resolved, and the way that China addresses it will do a great deal to decide what China's reputation, reach and power is. In addition, it can further open its financial system to foreign competition, encourage foreign direct investment and continue to lead in global trade. These reforms will take time, but we do see China making meaningful progress on every front," she said. It is innovating and creating its own technologies.

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It is becoming what the US was in the 20th century, but with Chinese characteristics," he said. The new policy began with reform of the economy's agricultural base. Since the financial crisis of , China has contributed a quarter of global growth. The reform and opening-up initiative has shaped many people's lives. Jing Ulrich.

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Tony Blair. These are unrecorded outflows and also include the investment of Chinese companies, as well as the loans of Chinese banks abroad increasingly in the emerging world. Portfolio investment has turned negative for both residents and nonresidents. Achieving stability of reserves requires a high degree of precision and tools.

Beyond lifting the constraints on portfolio inflows—which does not seem to have worked yet, as net portfolio outflows have been larger than ever in the first quarter of —outflows need to be managed more tightly. Beyond official controls on outflows, there are at least four ways in which capital outflows from China may have been cushioned to avoid a loss of foreign reserves beyond official balance of payment data.

First, capital leaving China could be in yuan instead of foreign currencies, which would not affect the level of foreign reserves. In fact, since October , there has been a net outflow of yuan from China. While their exposure to foreign borrowing has been reduced from the peak in , the scale is not as massive as generally perceived. Offshore issuance of foreign currency bonds by Chinese companies has been quite steady, while loans from banks offshore have been reduced. With regard to the offshore bond market, Chinese companies have continued to issue quite massively, but the net issuance has come down thanks to a wave of early redeemed bonds, most of which were issued by Chinese real estate developers.

FDI net flows were positive until the first quarter of this year and, even now, the net outflow—as recorded in the balance of payments—is moderate. Finally, some of the businesses closer to the state, China Investment Corporation being the best example, seems to have reduced the share of foreign assets as opposed to domestic assets, thereby reducing capital outflows from its purchases.

Any way you do the math, capital outflows from China continue to be massive. A large current account surplus continues to cushion a potential fall in reserves, but more seems to be happening for reserves to be stable. Looking deeper into the nature of outflows, one has to conclude that the situation remains fragile.

It is time to go to the doctor and increase the return on assets for capital to be willing to come back. Unfortunately, the Chinese authorities seem to be heading in the opposite direction, with increasingly lower interest rates and a lack of real reform for state-owned enterprises.