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Is China Inc. Conquering the World?

Wednesday 12 June 2013, 9.30am - 1.00pm, COL 2.01 Columbia House
Speakers: Dr Chris Alden, Sir Andrew Cahn, Ms Theresa Fallon, Ms Isabel Hilton, Mr Guy de Jonquieres, Mrs Madeleine Sturrock; Chair: Prof Arne Westad

In recent years, the rest of the world has portrayed Chinese companies as soldiers in an economic Trojan horse, quietly buying up the world in an attempt to challenge the prevailing order as well as gaining political capital overseas. Chinese companies have acquired natural resources and purchased sophisticated technologies from their business partners and competitors. Meanwhile, the scope of Chinese foreign policy has expanded enormously, with its economic aspects given equal weight to Beijing’s security concerns. Chinese firms have therefore become an indispensable part of China’s foreign policy making process. This seminar brings together a group of distinguished practitioners and academics who will  explore the economic and political impact of China’s outward direct investments on Beijing’s foreign relations with other countries.


COL 2.01, Columbia House, London School of Economics