China’s state-managed overseas expansion

China’s clampdown on overseas acquisitions this year, accompanied by the detention of some high-profile corporate bosses, seemed to confirm the worst about the risks faced by private conglomerates and billionaire tycoons.

However, there are legitimate reasons behind the policy move, despite the opacity and capriciousness of its execution. Moreover, large crossborder deals have taken place and future deals are being encouraged by the Chinese government: it is the type of acquisition and, in some cases, the nature of its financing that concerns the authorities.

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