Belt, road, and beyond: Chinese investment in central and eastern Europe

  • Matthew Christopher Kolasa (Speaker)

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China has commenced massive investment in project finances around the world in recent years. Geographic distribution of Chinese investment across countries has been uneven, however. This paper focuses on China's investment in central and eastern European countries, which vary from hundreds of millions invested in some to virtually none in others. The variance in investment affects countries in the region not only with respect to relations with China, but also relations with the United States and the European Union. A new point of contention is Chinese involvement in telecommunications infrastructure and what some governments call a cybersecurity risk and even a threat to future cooperation and information sharing with countries using Chinese technology. The paper asks if receipt of FDI from China affects relations with Brussels and Washington and how that might affect foreign policy decisions in the future.
Period21 Nov 2021
Event titleInternational Studies Association Midwest Annual Conference 2021
Event typeConference
LocationSt. Louis, United StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • China
  • European Union
  • Foreign Investment
  • International Finance
  • Regionalism
  • Europe
  • Capital Flows
  • Post-Communism
  • Political Economy