Joel Backaler is the author of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is an Associate Vice President at the Washington D.C.-based Frontier Strategy Group, and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Following a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan and advanced Mandarin study at the IUP Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Joel worked with Atos Consulting’s China state-owned enterprise practice in Beijing. Joel answers a few questions about his book, focusing on Chinese technology and internet companies.

On the motivation behind writing such a book

I believe we are at the early stages of a tremendous global phenomenon – the internationalization of Chinese companies. I wrote China Goes West because I am convinced that this is the next chapter in China’s development. I wanted to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of why Chinese companies are expanding overseas, what paths they are taking to do so, and introduce potential costs and benefits for the markets where they invest. Ultimately, I wrote the book because it’s the time to understand this trend – it is only going to become more important in the years to come.

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