'Beggars can't be choosers': The European crisis and Chinese direct investment in the European Union

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Virtually non-existent five years ago, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into Europe has surged spectacularly in recent years in an international context of declining FDI globally. While the stock of Chinese FDI in Europe is still minuscule, the flows show the rapidly growing interest of Chinese companies in being present in Europe, both through greenfield investment and through mergers and acquisitions. This surge of Chinese FDI occurred concomitantly to the explosion of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the general economic downturn in many countries of the European Union (EU). This paper asks whether the European crisis contributed to the surge of Chinese FDI in Europe. In particular, did this surge occur as a result of an explicit strategy formulated by governments in EU Member States in order to dig their countries out of the crisis? The main argument is that the crisis has provided Chinese investors with two types of bargains: economic bargains due to depressed prices and a greater number of assets for sale, and political bargains due to the lessened political resistance to deals that may have been objectionable in flusher times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoping with Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationEurope's Challenges and Strategies
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781317598763
ISBN (Print)9781138815643
StatePublished - Mar 17 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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