Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 109-126

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The politics of hosting Chinese investment in Europe—an introduction

  • Sophie MeunierAffiliated withPrinceton University Email author 
  • , Brian BurgoonAffiliated withUniversity of Amsterdam
  • , Wade JacobyAffiliated withBrigham Young University

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Though still a small percentage of the total stock of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) present in European countries, FDI coming from China has risen dramatically in the European Union (EU) since 2009. This introduction to the special issue on “The Politics of Hosting Chinese Investment in Europe” examines the political fears aroused by this recent surge and by the prospect of continued Chinese direct investment in European economies. After surveying patterns of Chinese investment in the EU, this introduction asks what is distinctive about the potential economic and political consequences of Chinese FDI and lays out the argument for and against treating Chinese FDI as sui generis.