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Development through Foreign Investments - the Power of China and Emerging Orders 
Hannes Thees (Researcher and Silk Road Expert)
Paulina Kintzinger (Kiel Institute for World Economy)
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Politics and political economy
Palmer G.02
Wednesday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

As geopolitical conflicts become evident in investment decisions and China is unfolding its economic power, this paper panel discusses trends in foreign investments with special consideration of emerging political orders and questions on the effects and meaning of investments and aid.

Long Abstract:

European countries have started to restrict investments from China (e.g. Port of Hamburg, Germany), Central Asia is seeking new partners to cooperate with beyond Russia (e.g. Kazakhstan), the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative project immense power, and world leaders are struggling to find joint solutions (e.g. G20, COP27). Such examples highlight the tensions within new geopolitical and geoeconomic trends, between private companies and national interests, and between alternative visions of development.

Foreign Direct Investments and Foreign Aid have been pillars of North-South engagement, but as BRICS enter investment markets and new lenders gain prominence, this field has become more open. Will this mean that countries can play different lenders off against each other or become pawns in new power struggles? Different forms of regionalism, different expressions of economic cultures, different political systems and different development approaches are all in play here, raising concerns over the future of development cooperation.

This paper panel aims to present research and insights on the current challenges of foreign investments and future perspectives amidst multiple crises. The panel is open to case studies (quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical work from all over the world. We encourage especially papers with a critical stance on foreign investments and aid to capture existing problems and define future directions from different perspectives. Finding those pathways with coordination between private investments and public directions is the basis for practical solutions at the local level.

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Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -