This article examines U.S. joint ventures in the People's Republic of China. It focuses on the motives for these joint ventures and the American investors' assessment and management of political risk. Information was collected in interviews with management personnel from eleven U. S. firms which had made direct investments in China by the fall of 1983. There are some significant differences for U. S. direct investments in China as contrasted to those in other countries, which have important implications for the establishment of future U.S. joint ventures in China.
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