China and Global Resources
The emergence of major economies like China, India, Russia, and Brazil will alter the shape of the world system for many years. The growing consumption of these countries has important implications for the production and use of natural resources, many of which are imported, as well as the associated social and environmental externalities. Using a heuristic framework, we assess the variegated impacts of China’s increased engagement with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) around extraction of different and distinct types of natural resources. We conclude that the outcomes have less to do with the inherent characteristics of Chinese firms and finance packages and more to do with the host state’s resource regime.
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