The presence of Chinese businesses in the world


  • Felix Barahona Márquez EU Mediterrani (Spain) Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)



Chinese multinationals, International Business, Foreign Direct Investment


This article introduces the special issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business about the global presence of Chinese businesses and explains some important aspects in order to understand outward Chinese investments. The article also presents the seven special issue articles that provide new insights about the international presence of Chinese companies, in general in the world but with a particular attention paid to investments in Latin American countries.


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How to Cite

Barahona Márquez, Felix. 2019. “The Presence of Chinese Businesses in the World”. Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business 4 (2):1-12.