Is China Buying the World?


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Is China Buying the World?

by Peter Nolan (Author)



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China has become the world's second biggest economy and its largest exporter. It possesses the world's largest foreign exchange reserves and has 29 companies in the FT 500 list of the world's largest companies.

Global firms are deep inside the Chinese business system and are pressing China hard to be permitted to increase their presence without restraints. By contrast, Chinese firms have a negligible presence in the high-income countries - in other words, we are inside them' but they are not yet inside us'. China's 70-odd national champion' firms are protected by the government through state ownership and other support measures. They are in industries such as banking, metals, mining, oil, power, construction, transport, and telecommunications, which tend to make use of high technology products rather than produce these products themselves. Their growth has been based on the rapidly growing home market. China has been unsuccessful so far in its efforts to nurture a group of globally competitive firms with leading global technologies and brands. Whether it will be successful in the future is an open question. This balanced analysis replaces rhetoric with evidence and argument. It provides a much-needed perspective on current debates about China's growing power and it will contribute to a constructive dialogue between China and the West.


ISBN 745660789
ISBN13 9780745660783
Publisher Polity Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 18/05/2012
Pages 120
Weight (grammes) 330
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 215
Width (mm) 147

List of Tables vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Who are We? Who are They? 11

2 Who are We? 15

2.1 Globalization and industrial concentration 15

2.2 Evidence from automobiles and beverages 25

2.3 Globalization and 'going out' by global firms 38

3 Who are They? 55

3.1 China catches up 55

3.2 China is still far from 'catching up' 66

3.3 China's deepening relationship with developing countries 70

3.4 Oil companies and energy security 75

3.5 Multinational companies 'going in' to China 84

3.6 Chinese fi rms 'going out' of China into the high-income economies: 'I have you within me but you do not have me within you' 95

3.7 Constraints on China 'buying the world' 102

4 The Complexity of 'Us' and 'Them': The Case of Strategic Industries 110

4.1 Banks 110

4.2 Commercial aircraft 119

Conclusion 132

Is China buying the world? 132

Who are we? 133

Who are they? 136

The complexity of catching up 142

References 144