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Trends And Patterns Of Foreign Direct Investments In Asia: A Comparative Perspective

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This paper examines Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in developing Asia over the past three decades with emphasis on two key issues: the implications of the ongoing process of international production fragmentation and the alleged 'Crowding out' effect of China's rise as a major host to FDI on the other countries in the region. The evidence suggests that assembly processes within vertically integrated global industries (in particularly, electrical goods and electronics) has gained prominence over the past two decades as the major area of attraction for foreign investors in the region.

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