The Contours of China’s Economic Influence Overseas

Min Ye (center).

Min Ye, Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, presented for the Association for Asian Studies Presidential Panel, entitled, “The Contours of China’s Economic Influence Overseas?,” where she presented her latest research on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

During the presentation, Ye documented the rapid green development in China from 2017 to 2022, moving both state capital and industries to globalization and shifting development priorities abroad. Then, facing geopolitical headwind, Ye traced how China’s overseas green investment, construction projects, and exports have increasingly been oriented toward the BRI countries, which consist of officially-partnered countries that receive investment from China.

Min Ye is the author of Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010). Her most recent book, titled The Belt Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China: 1998–2018 (Cambridge University Press 2020), explores the motivations and strategies behind China’s global economic expansion and considers the implications of the country’s status as a global power on both China and the world. Read more about Professor Ye on her faculty profile.