Arifin Seah

Arifin Seah receives his MSc. degree in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2008, and is currently a staff member at the Capital Markets Intermediaries Department of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The Rise of China Investment Corporation

The sovereign wealth club acquired a new member with the official launch of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) on 29 September 2007. The arrival of CIC has further heated up the debate on sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and their potential implications for global financial markets. This is because, in carrying out its investments, CIC can tap into China’s huge official foreign exchange reserves, which by April 2008 had surged to US$1.76 trillion. CIC’s initial working capital of US$200 billion makes it the fifth largest SWF in the world today. This article seeks to analyze the background of the emergence of CIC, its hitherto investment strategy as well as the potential economic and political implications of its offshore investments, and finally the challenges it is likely to face in the near term.

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