Co-sponsored by Confucius Institute
Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States has generated intense debates. Some welcome it for the immediate benefits such as job creation; others view Chinese investments, especially those controlled by the Chinese government, as a critical threat. The debates have so far missed an important question: how do Chinese companies investing in the US react to the host country's law? Ji Li formulates a novel analytical framework to examine the adaptation of Chinese companies to general US institutions and their compliance with US laws governing tax, employment equality, and national security review of foreign investments. The level of compliance varies, and this variation is examined in relation to company ownership, including state ownership. Li's analysis is based on interviews and a unique and comprehensive dataset about Chinese companies in the United States that has never been systematically explored.
Ji LI teaches and writes in the fields of Chinese law and politics, international business transactions, tax, contracts, and empirical legal studies. His first book, The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States (Cambridge University Press), explores the adaptation of Chinese firms to US legal and regulatory institutions. In the 2018-2019 academic year he will be in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he will be completing a new book provisionally titled The Power Logic of Justice in China (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The book offers a unified theory for analyzing complex judicial behavior in China. Prof. Li is the law school's Zhuang Zhou Scholar.
Lunch will be provided.
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