Past Events

  • Beware of Chinese Bearing Gifts: Why China’s Direct Investment Poses Political Challenges in Europe and the United States 7th Aug 2017


    From a non-existent player fifteen years ago, China has now become one of the largest senders of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows in the world. While Chinese investments have been overall welcome for their economic benefits in Europe and the United States (U.S.), they have also posed political challenges. This talk will consider two alternative explanations for these challenges: first, Chinese FDI triggers political unease because of its novelty; second, there is something inherently different about the nature of Chinese FDI, which therefore should not be treated politically like any other foreign investment. These two explanations lead to a different set of predictions for the evolution of Chinese FDI in Europe and the U.S. The remainder of the talk explores the domestic political context in which these challenges have been raised: in Europe, the euro crisis; in the U.S., the focus on geopolitical competition and the rise of economic nationalism. The conclusion suggests some implications of these political challenges on the future of Chinese outward investment.

    Presenter: Sophie Meunier

    Sophie Meunier is Senior Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of the EU Program at Princeton. She is the author of Trading Voices: The European Union in International Commercial Negotiations (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The French Challenge: Adapting to Globalization (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), winner of the 2002 France-Ameriques book award. She is also co-editor of several books on Europe and globalization, most recently, The Politics of Interest Representation in the Global Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Speaking with a Single Voice: The EU as an Effective Actor in Global Governance? (Routledge, 2015). Her current work deals with the politics of Foreign Direct Investment in Europe, notably Chinese investment. She was made Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government.

    Discussant: Professor Hans Hendrischke


    Monday 7 August 2017


    Room 5050 Level 5
    The Abercrombie Building (H70)
    The University of Sydney Business School

    Light lunch will be served so please advise of any dietary requirements.

    Registrations close 4 August 2017.


    This seminar is co-presented by the China Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School and the China Studies Centre.

  • Dr Derek Scissors Round Table Event 14th Feb 2017

    For over a decade Dr Derek Scissors has run the China Global Investment Tracker, originally with The Heritage Foundation and now as a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a noted expert on the Chinese and Indian economies, a specialist on Chinese investment abroad and on US economic relations with Asia and the chief economist of the ‘China Beige Book’. His research is complementing our research on Chinese investment in Australia. He is hosted in Australia by the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU in February under the Fulbright Specialist Program. 

    The event will be Hosted and Chaired by Professor John Shields (Deputy Dean Education) and Professor Hans Hendrischke (Leader- China Research Group).

    Date: Tuesday 14 February 2017
    Time: 12.30pm-2.00pm
    Venue:The  Refectory 
    Room 5020 Level 5
    Abercrombie Building H70
    The University of Sydney Business School


    Registrations are now closed.

  • China's Economy changes gears: Winners and Losers 18th Aug 2014


    China's economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, creating huge opportunities for Australian businesses. Can it continue along its current path, or does something need to change? How likely is it that China's economy will see a "hard landing," and what does that mean for its trading partners like Australia? How much progress have China's new leaders made in implementing new market reforms? What do the changes in China's growth model they are trying to achieve mean for different business sectors? Who stands to win and lose from China's changing course?

    Presenter: Professor Patrick Chovanec

    Patrick Chovanec is Managing Director and Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), were he teaches on US-China negotiations. His insights into the global economy are widely featured in the media. He appears frequently on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Fox Business, NPR, and BBC, and is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Foreign Policy, and other prominent news sources.

    Before joining Silvercrest, Patrick was an Associate Professor of Practice at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management in Beijing, where he also served as Chairman of the Public Policy Development Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He has advised numerous governments, investment funds, and Fortune 500 corporations on the Chinese economy. Previously, he worked for a series of private equity funds focused on emerging markets, and served as director of Institutional Investor's Asia Pacific Institute, based in Hong Kong, and its Global Fixed Income Institute, based in London.

    Patrick holds an BA in Political Economy from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    Australia China Business Network event in association with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.


    Monday 18 August 2014


    University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus
    Stockland Building
    Level 17
    133 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney 2000

  • University of Sydney Business School Reception in Shanghai 15th Aug 2014

    Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School warmly invites Business School alumni to join a reception in Shanghai on Friday 15 August between 6.30-8.30pm at the Andaz Xintiandi.

    Our guest speaker for the evening will be University of Sydney alumnus, Mr Jason Yat-sen Li (BA'94 LLB '96), Chief Executive Officer of management consulting and corporate advisory firm, Yatsen Associates. At the reception, Jason will speak on the topic of 'The Disruptive Economy and its Opportunities'.

    The University of Sydney Business School will be in Shanghai in August to run an International Business Project which forms part of our current MBA and the academics, corporate contacts and course participants from this project will also be joining this reception.

    Join us on the 15th August to hear an address from University alumnus, Mr Jason Yat-sen Li, hear the latest news from the Business School, meet current MBA participants from Australia and catch up with your former classmates.


    Friday 15 August, 2014


    Andaz Xintiandi
    Garden Studio 2
    88 Songshan Road
    Shanghai 200021

  • China's Outward Direct Investment: Window on Domestic Shortcomings with Daniel Rosen 12th Jul 2013

    Australia China Business Network (悉尼大学商学院 澳中商网) presents an Australia China Business Lecture in Association with the China Studies Centre on how to maximising the benefits of Chinese foreign direct investment with Professor Daniel Rosen.

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    Interview with Daniel Rosen on Chinese Outward Investment

    Interview with Professor Daniel Rosen, Partner of the Rhodium Group, on how to maximising the benefits of Chinese foreign direct investment.

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