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Risky Business, Chinese Style

Dr. Evan A. Feigenbaum

By Evan Feigenbaum (original source Macro Polo) 

“Does China Inc. have a bottomless appetite for risk?

The question seems preposterous on its face because anyone who invests money should, self-evidently, be concerned with what happens to it once it changes hands. But so much of what’s being written these days about China’s growing global activism argues, at least implicitly, that Chinese government agencies and national champion firms are, at minimum, risk tolerant and, in some cases, perhaps even risk oblivious.

China, it is often noted, has pumped cash into places beset by corruption, plagued by awful business climates, fractured by social tension, riven by political conflicts, and, in some countries, overcome by civil war.”

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