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China Invests in Europe: Patterns, Impacts and Policy Issues


RHG / Bruegel

Daniel Rosen and Thilo Hanemann present their new report on Chinese investment in Europe. Opening remarks will be given by EU Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht. This will be followed by a presentation of the report’s findings from Dan Rosen and Thilo Hanemann. A distinguished panel of experts and practitioners, including Bruegel Senior Fellow AndrĂ© Sapir, will discuss the state of Chinese investment and implications of the study.

Europe is waking up to both the promise and potential impacts of Chinese investment: $10 billion in direct investment in 2011 alone practically doubled China’s presence in the EU. European leaders, industry and civil society are not sure what to make of these figures. Is Europe doing well or poorly in attracting attention from China? Are these new Asian competitors simply recognising the attractions of Europe as a marketplace, or exploiting a fire sale? Can current policy and regulatory frameworks accommodate the rise of China as major investor? The study to be presented at this event will help answer these questions.

Following on their 2011 volume on Chinese investment in the United States, this new report looks in detail at Chinese deal making in Europe from 2000-2011 to deepen understanding of China’s commercial behavior across the OECD. In addition to a cutting edge database of more than 500 Chinese greenfield projects and acquisitions in Europe, Rosen and Hanemann’s forthcoming report also offers new policy insights and analysis. The study explores in detail three emerging areas of policy tension arising from growing Chinese investment: reciprocity in market access, next generation national security risks, and competition policy concerns.

This event is jointly organized by Bruegel, the Rhodium Group, China International Capital Corporation and Brunswick Group.

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