Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 1–2, pp 109–126 | Cite as

The politics of hosting Chinese investment in Europe—an introduction

  • Sophie Meunier
  • Brian Burgoon
  • Wade Jacoby


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.


European Union Foreign Direct Investment Sovereign Debt Outward Foreign Direct Investment Sovereign Debt Crisis 
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We wish to thank the participants to the workshops “The Politics of Hosting Chinese Direct Investment in Europe” held at the University of Amsterdam in June 2012 and at Princeton University in November 2012, as well as two reviewers, for their useful comments. We dedicate this Special Issue to the memory of Daniel van den Bulcke.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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