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Blog Entries by Sophie Meunier

Coming to America: Top Ten Factors Driving Chinese Foreign Direct Investment

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:11 PM

With the recent announcement by the Chinese oil giant CNOOC of its $15 billion bid for Nexen, one of Canada's largest energy companies, Chinese investment in the West is poised to take a massive leap forward. This is a "coup" both for Canada, which is seeking foreign investment in order...

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Tiger Parents: Is There Something 'Different' About Chinese FDI in the U.S. and Europe?

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 5:41 PM

The purchase of AMC Entertainment by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda announced on May 20 will make it the world's largest movie distributor. Valued at $2.6 billion, with a promise by Wanda to invest an additional $500 million to update facilities, the deal seems like a win-win for the current...

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Why Foreign Policy Counted for Zero in the French Election

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Foreign policy, quasi absent from the presidential campaign in France, is catching up with newly elected French president Francois Hollande very quickly. A few hours after his inauguration on Tuesday May 15th, Hollande is right off to Berlin, will meet with President Barack Obama on May 18th on his way...

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What Obama Can Learn From Sarkozy's Defeat

(11) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 5:10 PM

French and American presidential elections happen on the same year as rarely as observations of Halley's Comet, a few times each century. The last instance was 1988, when socialist incumbent president Francois Mitterrand was reelected in France and George H.W. Bush was elected in the U.S.

More than an...

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The French Presidency Is a Bargain

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Ten candidates -- that's the field of presidential hopefuls competing for votes in the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday, April 22. Some of them are household names, like incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and his main challenger, the socialist Francois Hollande. Others are still relatively unknown, even...

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China As Savior or Predator in Europe?

(25) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 4:14 PM

What do Volvo, the port of the Piraeus, and the Château Viaud vineyard and winery in Bordeaux have in common with Spanish debt and bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)? They are all owned by Chinese investors.

In addition to the massive amounts of European sovereign debt...
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The DSK Scandal: French Anti-Americanism Ain't What it Used to Be

(51) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 3:49 PM

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has left the French shell-shocked. The violent and voyeuristic nature of the accusation, the political prominence of the accused, and the globalization of the scandal make it a perfect storm for yet another bout of anti-Americanism in France. But so far the atavistic reflexes have...

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French Fried? The G20 Will Soon Find Out How "American" Sarkozy Really Is

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 12:03 PM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets with Barack Obama in Washington today, ostensibly to discuss the agenda for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits, both of which France presides over this year. Sarkozy has much to gain from this opportunity to showcase France as the first country ever to head both...

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