US National Security and Foreign Direct Investment

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Although a vital part of the US economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States periodically raises public and congressional alarms-as witnessed during Dubai Ports World's recent bid to acquire US port operations and Chinese firm CNOOC's attempt to buy US energy firm Unocal. Drawing fire from Congress are the Exon-Florio provisions of US law, which enable the president to block a foreign acquisition that threatens national security. This important new book finds that many proposed reforms risk ...
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Overview

Although a vital part of the US economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States periodically raises public and congressional alarms-as witnessed during Dubai Ports World's recent bid to acquire US port operations and Chinese firm CNOOC's attempt to buy US energy firm Unocal. Drawing fire from Congress are the Exon-Florio provisions of US law, which enable the president to block a foreign acquisition that threatens national security. This important new book finds that many proposed reforms risk harming the US economy without enhancing national security. The authors propose ways to strengthen the current interagency review of deals, including an improved process for reporting to Congress.
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Two prospective foreign acquisitions of U.S.-based businesseshave recently caused enormous political controversy — implying a greatly enlarged concept of U.S. national security. An economist and a lawyer have teamed up to offer a history and a dispassionate evaluation of government review of foreign investment in the United States, with some reference to the policies of other countries. They present detailed discussions of the offer by a Chinese oil company, CNOOC, to purchase Unocal, an American energy firm with significant reserves in Southeast Asia, and the offer by Dubai Ports World to purchase P&O, a British-based global firm that operates six ports in the United States — and the political outcry occasioned by each of these offers, neither of which was consummated. They also give suggestions for improving, and making more transparent, the existing review process for inward-bound foreign direct investment that could affect national security, which has been in place since 1975. In the end, however, the authors reject a number of more radical proposed changes on the grounds that they would not likely improve national security and could impede foreign investment in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881323917
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 5/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Exon-Florio amendment 33
3 The economic effects of foreign investment in the United States 75
4 National security issues related to investments from China 95
5 Politicization of the CFIUS process 123
6 Policy recommendations : improving the implementation of Exon-Florio 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Logical, expert solutions

    Recent current events such as Dubai Ports World's recent bid to acquire US port operations Chinese firm CNOOC's attempt to buy US energy firm Unocal have brought the hot-button issue of foreign direct investment to the media spotlight. US National Security And Foreign Direct Investment is a sober examination of how best to balance business interests with national security concerns. Co-authors Edward M. Graham (Adjunct Professor, Columbia University) and international trade expert and professional consultant David M. Marchick reveal that too many proposed reforms to quell fears about foreign investment only restrict the US economy without benefitting national security. US National Security And Foreign Direct Investment proffers alternatives to strengthen the current interagency review of proposed foreign investment deals, and improve the process for reporting to Congress. An in-depth section on the Exon-Florio Amendment in the post-September 11th environment adds a detailed touch to this serious-minded review of logical, expert solutions to complex international problems.

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