China’s BRI has vastly increased its influence in global politics, but the U.S. and G7 are trying to counteract this. Can these superpowers collaborate on global infrastructure rather than compete? Ambassador Heine offers his thoughts.
Chinese investment in Indonesia is unique from other BRI projects, as it’s concentrated in the environmentally sensitive sectors of the metals industry and infrastructure. This GDP Center research compares the environmental risks between FDI projects and identifies Indigenous communities that may be impacted by multiple risks
“Recipient countries matter tremendously and have agency because their geopolitical concerns and domestic interests can intersect to affect how well or poorly BRI functions in their country.”
Ambassador Garčević said that reliance on Chinese infrastructure projects and business practices risks undermining the goals of Balkan countries, which include EU and NATO membership.
In order to understand and steer Chinese finance more towards renewable energy technologies in the power sectors of developing countries, Gallagher and his co-authors explore the domestic incentives for Chinese energy investment abroad as well as those in recipient countries that facilitate that investment.
Ambassador Heine discussed the impacts of global economic shift on Latin Americans, how central banks can help combat growing inflation rates, as well as the social fallout from the region’s economic challenges.
Professor Gallagher and Cecilia Han Springer talk about new findings from the GDP Center’s “China’s Global Energy Finance Database,” and outline China’s declining energy sector loans and what that means for future development financing and global green energy investments.
If and when Chinese development finance for overseas energy activity increases again, it should be directed towards cleaner sources of energy to match the trends in foreign direct investment, policy announcements, and global goals for mitigating climate change.
“For China, cementing links with South America’s second-largest country is obviously an attractive proposition. China’s growing presence in Latin America does not go down well in Washington.”
“Although U.S.-China relations are in a current freeze, the anniversary of Nixon’s visit to China merits reflection on how initiatives like B3W and the BRI could set a new tone for the next 50 years of US-China relations.”
Drawing from a recent edition of the “Journal of East Asian Studies” that she co-edited, Professor Ye offered insights into China’s foreign policy and how it interacts with other great powers.
China so often promotes the BRI as a “win-win” initiative, but why has it met backlash and protests among many recipient countries?
In discussing China’s influence in the Western Balkans, Professor Garčević says that the way governments do business with China is eroding already weak institutions, encouraging corruption, and slowing down progress towards EU integration.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift China’s relationship with the world, this special issue contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the modus operandi of Chinese capital going global.”
This event series will examine the economic, social, political, and security impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Wake Forest University Professor Lina Benabdallah discussed China’s human capital investments in Africa, current versus historical arrangements, as well as some of the factors driving human capital investments.
Professor Gallagher joined a team of global researchers and policy experts to explore how environmental governance of China’s overseas activities is implemented, international lessons for greening the BRI, and policy recommendations for China.
Professor Ye talked with fDi’s Seth O’Farrell about how China’s economic policy was born of crisis, not desire for control.
“As the country recovers from the pandemic, it is likely to pursue BRI with more deliberation at home and more opportunities abroad.”
Professor Ye went beyond top-level rhetoric to explore BRI’s origins, its implementation, and its on-the-ground effects inside China.