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ISDP Forum: Chinese Investment, Infrastructure and Influence in Europe – The Global Context
May 16, 2019 - 09:00-10:30
Since 2008, Chinese foreign direct investments (FDI) in the EU has increased almost 50 times, with 2018 seeing a drop in line with the global trend in Chinese FDI. Last year, Sweden rose to became the second most favored destination in the Union as Chinese investors poured 3.4 billion euros into the country. The rapid rise of Chinese outbound investment in the past decade has triggered an overhaul of investment screening regimes in many European advanced economies, with the EU as a whole introducing a screening mechanism in April 2019. These developments are part of increasing apprehension among some European countries regarding the aims and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
In this ISDP Forum, Dr. Matt Ferchen, non-resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, will give a presentation on Chinese investments and infrastructure financing within the framework of the BRI and the 17+1 grouping of 17 Central and Eastern European States and China. After the presentation, Dr. Ferchen will be joined in a panel discussion by Ms. Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström and Dr. Niklas Swanström, Executive Director of ISDP.